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Album Review

Idris Ackamoor: Afro Futuristic Dreams

Read "Afro Futuristic Dreams" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Uno dei meriti dell'Afrofuturismo (e delle sue diramazioni musicali che includono Afrobeat, Spiritual jazz ed altro) è quello d'aver fatto conoscere, oltre i confini delle comunità afroamericane, artisti come Idris Ackamoor, leader da cinquant'anni del collettivo Pyramids. Com'è noto Chicago, San Francisco e Londra sono i poli di produzione musicale del movimento ed è indicativo ritrovare questi luoghi nel percorso biografico di Ackamoor che parte da Chicago, transita a Parigi (dove nel 1972 fonda The Pyramids, prima ...

Album Review

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Afro Futuristic Dreams

Read "Afro Futuristic Dreams" reviewed by Chris May

Idris Ackamoor paints on a big canvas, in vivid colours. Listening to the 2023 episode of his multi-decade Afrofuturist odyssey, there are times when he and The Pyramids stir memories of Fela Kuti's Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 bands. At other times, it is Sun Ra's Arkestra. Next up could be an unplugged Funkadelic. And there are moments, when Ackamoor's tenor saxophone engages with Sandra Poindexter's violin, that one is reminded of Frank Lowe's partnership with Billy Bang.

Album Review

Funkwrench Blues: Soundtrack For A Film Without Pictures

Read "Soundtrack For A Film Without Pictures" reviewed by Chris May

Once upon a time it was hard to walk into an arthouse cinema without bumping into a jazz soundtrack. Miles Davis' for Louis Malle's Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud (1958), Charles Mingus' for John Cassavetes' Shadows (1959), Krzysztof Komeda's for Roman Polanski's Knife In The Water (1962) were among a legion of similarly inclined endeavours. But all that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. In the 2020s, if you want to hear a freshly ...

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The Call

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By George Hearst

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