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Alan Shorter: Mephistopholes To Orgasm Revisited

Read "Mephistopholes To Orgasm Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

It is often said of a musician, be they alive or no longer with us, that they deserve to be better known. This is emphatically true of the wayward trumpeter and composer Alan Shorter, who was overshadowed during his lifetime by his brother, Wayne Shorter, and who continues to be passed over today in 2024. Some responsibility for his obscurity lies with Alan Shorter himself. Known as Doc Strange to his teenage schoolmates in Newark, New Jersey, ...

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Argentina-France: A Jazz Rematch, Second Half

Read "Argentina-France: A Jazz Rematch, Second Half" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Welcome to the second half of the jazz rematch between Argentina and France that we are hosting this week, inspired by the recent World Cup finals. It is a fantasy game in which the rules are a bit different with the two teams playing jazz, not football, together, rather than against each other.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Orchestre National de Jazz “Vergogna In Blue" The Party (Jazz Village) ...

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Don Cherry: Complete Communion & Symphony for Improvisers Revisited

Read "Complete Communion & Symphony for Improvisers Revisited" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Di fronte a questi gioielli di Don Cherry degli anni '60 che cosa si può scrivere ancora? Si può solamente invitare ad ascoltarli con orecchie ricettive e lasciarsi andare all'emozione, come scriveva Nat Hentoff nelle sue note originali per Complete Communion, senza perdere molto tempo in analisi formali poco utili. Questa edizione della collana Ezz-thetics fa scorrere per un'ora e venti minuti due opere manifesto della poetica del compositore-improvvisatore-cornettista e polistrumentista, che all'epoca coordinava organici smaglianti ...

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Don Cherry: Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers Revisited

Read "Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Before his departure, Don Cherry was a kind of Johnny Appleseed for what would eventually be called the “New Thing" in jazz. He can be heard in the midst of the innovative work of Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai. Cherry's fertilizations changed the sound of creative music then and now. His explorations into (what we now call) world music opened doors for countless non- American musicians to participate in creative improvised music. ...

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Gato Barbieri: In Search of the Mystery

Read "In Search of the Mystery" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Argentinean reed man Gato Barbieri began his career in the 1960s, looking to establish a voice that separated him from his native musical language. Having recorded twice in bands led by his mentor, trumpeter Don Cherry, in Paris and with Italian pianist Giorgio Gaslini's large ensemble in Milan prior to this recording, Barbieri decided to go to New York to search for another beginning. In 1967, with a group that included Calo Scott on cello, the late bassist Sirone (née ...

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Gato Barbieri: In Search of the Mistery

Read "In Search of the Mistery" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il 15 marzo 1967, quando Leandro “Gato" Barbieri incide le quattro pagine che compongono In Search of the Mystery, egli ha da poco iniziato ad essere oggetto di curiosità nei circoli del jazz d'avanguardia, sia in Europa, dove -proveniente dall'Argentina- ha vissuto alcuni anni, che negli Stati Uniti. Dopo un lungo periodo di gavetta, con collaborazioni fra le più varie, da Lalo Schifrin a Perez Prado, da Giorgio Azzolini a Giorgio Gaslini (Nuovi Sentimenti, una delle opere più rimarchevoli del ...

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Gato Barbieri: In Search of the Mystery

Read "In Search of the Mystery" reviewed by Warren Allen

This is not dinner music, nor is it Last Tango in Paris, though there are actually hints of tango flitting around the mix. This is Gato Barbieri with a little extra scream in his step, moving out in the free vein of the '60s avant-garde--loud, brash, unpolished and unapologetic. Showing the influence of his work with Don Cherry, Barbieri brings tons of energy to this 1967 ESP session, which finds him conversing with an unusual sparring partner in Calo Scott, ...


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