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Radio & Podcasts

Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline and Eberhard Weber

Read "Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline and Eberhard Weber" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


I have been having temporary difficulties in uploading my recent radio shows. While I work on that, here is a program from July 27, 2021, that features the usual wide variety of musicians. This show includes Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline, Brian Woodruff, and Eberhard Weber. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get Back Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Cathlene Pineda “Carriers II" from Rainbow Baby (Orenda) ...

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Che trionfo per Julius Hemphill! A dispetto delle poche pagine--o righe--che le recenti storie del jazz dedicano al maestro di Fort Worth, Hemphill emerge da questo cofanetto di inediti come sassofonista-improvvisatore-compositore tra i più profondi della musica afroamericana nei decenni compresi tra gli anni '70 e '90. E questa preziosa edizione non solo torna a far luce su repertori e organici già conosciuti dai cultori, ma porta in superficie una gran mole di musica fresca, sorprendente, che ...

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Album Review

Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is something inherently objectionable when a billionaire acquires an artistic masterpiece by say, Leonardo DaVinci or Claude Monet, only to sequester it from public view. You might feel the same about Julius Hemphill's recordings Dogon A.D. (Mbari, 1972) and 'Coon Bid'ness (Arista/Freedom, 1975). Both five star recordings, now out of print, cost a small fortune to acquire. Years ago saxophonist Tim Berne, a disciple of Hemphill, endeavored to rescue the saxophonist's Blue Boyé (Mbari, 1977) by rereleasing it in ...

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Michael Gregory Jackson: Frequency Equilibrium Koan

Read "Frequency Equilibrium Koan" reviewed by Troy Dostert


One of the undersung elder statesmen of the jazz avant-garde, guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson played a vital role in the burgeoning loft scene of the 1970s, where his work with Oliver Lake was especially noteworthy. On albums like Lake's Holding Together (Black Saint, 1976) and Zaki (hatOLOGY, 1979), Jackson brought a deep reservoir of influences, not the least of which was a rock/R&B sensibility that he would later develop in more pop-oriented directions during the 1980s and '90s, a shift ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Julius Hemphill, William Parker, Charles Lloyd, Sam Rivers & More New Releases

Read "Julius Hemphill, William Parker, Charles Lloyd, Sam Rivers & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we focus our attention on two fundamental box-sets and a slew of live recordings the synchronicity of whose release draws the spotlight on musicians who were at the center of the legendary Loft Scene (from Julius Hemphill to Sam Rivers, Michael Gregory Jackson and JuJU), as well as on some of those musicians who have been keeping the loft scene's spirit alive (William Parker, Tim Berne and the Italian-Danish band On Dog). The latest albums by Charles Lloyd ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Dogon and Friends

Read "Dogon and Friends" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The boys look at three recent releases including a vocal-focused celebration of Canada, a two-hander by composers of children's television soundtracks and a Swedish flutist upset with the political tides of the last few years. After a spirited, if dispiriting, discussion of jazz as “protest music" propers get paid to a pivotal recording of avant-funk-folk jazz by a co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet. Finally, Brad Mehldau's flirtation with Bach gets a look-in during a very high-brow pop-matters segment.

Album Review

Julius Hemphill: The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note

Read "The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Ogni tanto varrebbe la pena di soffermarsi sul ruolo svolto dalle label italiane come Black Saint e Soul Note per la valorizzazione dell'avanguardia jazzistica afroamericana degli anni '80 e '90. All'interno di un catalogo d'eccellenza allestito con lungimiranza da Giovanni Bonandrini, trovano così spazio proposte e nomi relegati ai margini dalle major discografiche d'oltreoceano. Brilla in particolare l'opera solistica di Julius Hemphill (1940-1995), raccolta oggi in un box proposto dalla Cam. Concentrati lungo un arco temporale che va dal 1978 ...


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