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Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the survey of creative music history, her title could have been a sole perspective on Smith. After being a regular contributor to John ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

Read "The Emerald Duets" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Wadada Leo Smith's music is often celestial, but the man himself is of this Earth—of America, in particular, the progeny of people brought to the Western Hemisphere involuntarily. People who have historically been treated as less than human, for the “sin" of having dark skin. This goes on. The true sin, the flames of racism, are stoked by a former and possibly future (God help us all) president—a cruel, sociopathic, immoral, dishonest racist. Wadada Leo Smith is America. ...

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Marion Brown: Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited

Read "Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Alto saxophonist Marion Brown was part of the band on John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse, 1965), though you would not guess it from Why Not (ESP, 1968). Like fellow Ascension alumnus, tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders' contemporaneous Tauhid (Impulse, 1967), Brown's album inhabited an intensely melodic section of the 1960s' New Thing. As were Sanders' own-name releases from 1967 onwards, Brown's work was deeply lyrical and embraced South Asian, Maghrebi and West African instruments and constructs. As bandleaders, the two ...

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Sonny Rollins: Rollins in Holland

Read "Rollins in Holland" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


From the very first decibel of this unrealistically good, previously unreleased recording, Sonny Rollins bears no bones to inform listeners he is suffering no fools. It is a big, Buescher, bellwether sound, the one that gave Rollins the sound and spirit he needed to tell of a man taking it all on without apology. It is also meant to say that, without argument, unrealistically good here is totally understood as a decisively human characteristic and not necessarily one Rollins aspired ...

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Omri Ziegele Tomorrow Trio: All Those Yesterdays

Read "All Those Yesterdays" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It's been more than twenty years since the world lost saxophonist Thomas Chapin. If you were to conduct a search like Tibetan Buddhists looking for the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the signs and symbols you would sift through are of course recordings. All Those Yesterdays may be all the proof one needs to adjudge Omri Ziegele the incarnation of Thomas Chapin. His music has the same joy and zestfulness, and it has been hiding in plain sight for ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "The Quartet Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Dutch Jazz master Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Ruud Jacobs and Han Bennink have been playing together for five years and swinging from day one, when they hit the stage on New Year's Eve 2013. Since then, every one of their performances has offered something fresh and surprising. A highlight of their collaboration was a series of performances in 2016 dedicated to the music of Misha Mengelberg, in 2016, which were captured on an album on ICP Records. 'Herman ...

Interview

Klaus Widmann, Direttore Artistico del Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige

Read "Klaus Widmann, Direttore Artistico del Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Da oltre dieci anni il festival alto atesino ha cambiato nome, fisionomia, criteri e obiettivi... e direzione artistica. Klaus Widmann, medico di professione e grande appassionato e conoscitore dell'ambiente dolomitico, lentamente ha costruito un festival jazz diramato su tutto il territorio della provincia di Bolzano, anche con dichiarati intenti di promozione turistica. La peculiarità della sua programmazione sta nel fatto che, soprattutto negli ultimi anni, si sia puntata l'attenzione prevalentemente su nomi nuovi e su proposte creative di varie scuole ...


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