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Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: InWhatStrumentals

Read "InWhatStrumentals" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In 2003 Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd released In What Language?, a hybrid jazz/hip hop response to post-9/11 American paranoia. Inspired by many related injustices, the inflection point was the extended detention, handcuffing and humiliation of a prominent Iranian filmmaker passing through JFK International Airport. Seventeen years later America was mired in multiple unprecedented crises, giving cause to repurpose that album. Iyer and Ladd had the instrumental masters from 2003, and release them here as InWhatStrumentals: Music from In What ...

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Alexandre Pierrepont - Mike Ladd: Maison Hantée

Read "Maison Hantée" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Si muove tra jazz e poesia il progetto Maison Hantée dello scrittore, critico musicale e produttore francese Alexandre Pierrepont assieme a uno dei produttori hip-hop più trasversali, Mike Ladd: a partire dai testi dei due autori, il progetto viene così costruito con una serie di improvvisazioni affidate [ma spesso registrate a parte] a uno stuolo di musicisti tra cui fissi gli insuperabili William Parker e Hamid Drake e inoltre varie apparizioni di Thurston Moore, Rob Mazurek, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, ...

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Mike Ladd: Cerebral Refugee, Part 2-2

Read "Mike Ladd: Cerebral Refugee, Part 2-2" reviewed by Paul Olson


Part 1 | Part 2

Spoken-word poet? Rapper? Alternative hip-hop producer? Sociology-minded conceptualist? Postmodernist? Mike Ladd is all of these. Ladd's 1997 debut album Easy Listening 4 Armageddon served notice that his was a major, original talent. Recent work--like his collaboration with Vijay Iyer, In What Language?, and his brand-new Thirsty Ear debut Negrophilia: the Album--stunningly demonstrate that this is a mature artist whose time has truly come. These two CDs are as much “jazz" recordings as they are anything ...

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Mike Ladd: Cerebral Refugee, Part 1-2

Read "Mike Ladd: Cerebral Refugee, Part 1-2" reviewed by Paul Olson


Part 1 | Part 2

Spoken-word poet? Rapper? Alternative hip-hop producer? Sociology-minded conceptualist? Postmodernist? Mike Ladd is all of these. Ladd's 1997 debut album Easy Listening 4 Armageddon served notice that his was a major, original talent. Recent work--like his collaboration with Vijay Iyer, In What Language?, and his brand-new Thirsty Ear debut Negrophilia: the Album--stunningly demonstrate that this is a mature artist whose time has truly come. These two CDs are as much “jazz" recordings as they are anything ...

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Mike Ladd: Negrophilia - The Album

Read "Negrophilia - The Album" reviewed by Rex  Butters


Mike Ladd's much anticipated followup to last year's highly praised In What Language reunites him with his collaborator on that project, keyboardist Vijay Iyer. What knocks this outing into unexpected sonic originality may be their co-collaborator, Guillermo E. Brown. Best known for his work with the David S. Ware Quartet and contributions to projects by Matthew Shipp and DJ Spooky, Brown released Soul At the Hands of the Machine, an atmospheric densely layered humid slab of electronica, three years ago. ...

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Mike Ladd: Negrophilia - The Album

Read "Negrophilia - The Album" reviewed by John Kelman


With a sound that is as forward-looking as it is aware of the past, poet/programmer Mike Ladd follows up his collaboration with keyboardist Vijay Iyer on last year's acclaimed What Is Language? (Psi) with Negrophilia - The Album. This time it's under his name rather than Iyer's and, consequently, a more specific look at his own musical and philosophical vision.

The term “poet" is used with intent, rather than “rapper." Ladd's prose aspires to something greater than simple rhyme, evoking ...

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Mike Ladd: Negrophilia - The Album

Read "Negrophilia - The Album" reviewed by Farrell Lowe


William S. Burroughs turned the literary world on its ear with his “cut-up" style of writing. He simply chopped completed texts into pieces, mixed bunches of different texts together, then glued the results together into juxtaposed compositions. This often made for some interesting albeit convoluted reading. John Cage applied similar techniques to his writing and music composition in an attempt to free minds from following well-worn conceptual pathways. Mike Ladd's Negrophilia follows in those footsteps to some degree; the music ...


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