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Jamie Baum Septet+: What Times Are These

Read "What Times Are These" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Reading Marge Piercy's poem “To Be of Use" (track two onWhat Times Are These), Jamie Baum could be speaking of herself, one of those “who jump into work head first without dallying in the shadows, who swim off with sure strokes," knowing that “the thing worth doing has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident." What Times Are These is a satisfying form of this sort. Confined to her New York apartment during the Covid-19 lockdown, Baum responded ...

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Jean-Paul Bourelly: Black Lives - From Generation to Generation

Read "Black Lives - From Generation to Generation" reviewed by Vic Albani

Doppio CD o doppio vinile prodotto in HI-Res e con packaging di lusso dalla Jammin'colorS, agenzia per artisti jazz, world, funk, alternativi, hip-hop, electro e sperimentali nonché etichetta indipendente. Il lavoro che ha pubblicato in tanta pompa magna è un ampio collage di musica nera realizzato da 25 musicisti africani, caraibici e afroamericani guidati dalla visione creativa di Stefany Calembert (compagna del bassista jazz Reggie Washington) e produttrice estemporanea dell'etichetta belga. A tutti è stato chiesto di comporre ...

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Various Artists: Black Lives - From Generation to Generation

Read "Black Lives - From Generation to Generation" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Indeed, African Americans are the architects of several musical formations, hearkening back to Scott Joplin's development of 'ragged' rhythms i.e., Ragtime, along with blues, funk, jazz, and other genres, often evolving into various tangents and offshoots. And on this comprehensively entertaining set produced by Belgian Stefany Calembert with assistance from her husband and acclaimed bassist Reggie Washington, they righteously bestow Black Music as a “source of moral truth and potent weapon against racism." Numerous stars such as saxophonist ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II (MDW NTR)

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II (MDW NTR)" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Circa un anno dopo i due set incendiari confluiti nel meraviglioso Live at Village Vanguard Vol. I (PI Recordings, 2018), Steve Coleman e i suoi fidi Five Elements ritornano sul luogo del delitto e danno vita ad un doppio set, se possibile, ancora più entusiasmante. L'ennesimo aggiustamento di formazione, al chitarrista Miles Okazaki succede il fuoriclasse dello freestyle Kokayi, fornisce un ulteriore impulso alla musica di Coleman, dove la voce e le metriche del rapper sembrano andare a nozze con ...

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Nate Smith: Kinfolk 2: See The Birds

Read "Kinfolk 2: See The Birds" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If there were brick & mortar establishments called record stores today, one could imagine the challenge Nate Smith's Kinfolk projects would pose for an employee trying to file his latest releases. Those familiar with the drummer's work in the bands of Chris Potter, Dave Holland, or Alex Sipiagin might place the discs in the jazz section, but then again he's worked with the jazz/pop/soul singers José James and Norah Jones and he heads up the funk/soul band The Fearless Flyers. ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

What Times Are These

Sunnyside Records


Live at the Village...

Pi Recordings


Black Lives - From...

Jammin' Colors


Kinfolk 2: See The...

Edition Records


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