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Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker, Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

Read "A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When the free jazz world lost drummer Alvin Fielder in 2019, it lamented the passing of someone who had in many ways worked to expand the reach of avant-garde jazz, to widen its accessibility to fans and students alike. His well-known status as a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and Black Arts Music Society, not to mention his participation on seminal recordings like Roscoe Mitchell's Sound (Delmark, 1966), should not overshadow his presence ...

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Enrico Pieranunzi: From Always to Now

Read "From Always to Now" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Forty-one years after its original release on a little known but quite active independent label from the '70s, Edi Pan, Alfa Music has recently reissued From Always to Now, one the most important records by pianist and composer Enrico Pieranunzi. From Always to Now represents the high point in the pianist's hard-bop phase, during which Pieranunzi's impetuous style was heavily influenced by McCoy Tyner. Shortly afterwards, inspired by his collaboration with Chet Baker, Pieranunzi would embrace the more meditative and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Henry Robinett Quartet: Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then

Read "Jazz Standards, Volume 1: Then" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Back in April of 2000, guitarist Henry Robinett convened a quartet in The Hangar, a Sacramento studio where he had been working as an engineer and producer. An intentionally casual session, it was all standards all the way. Over the course of two days, tracks were called, solos and some other specifics were sorted out, and the music just flowed. When all was said and done, Robinett left and put the material on the shelf...where it sat for nearly two ...

INTERVIEW

Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets; “Little Gidding" This poetic quotation captures the essence of pianist Tom Lawton. He is a musician who is listening “in the stillness" to serve the whole group, and he ...

ALBUM REVIEW

David Berkman: David Berkman Plays Music By John Coltrane And Pete Seeger

Read "David Berkman Plays Music By John Coltrane And Pete Seeger" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Formative influences rarely fit into neat categories. At a certain, impressionable age, some music, like yet unlike anything else, simply manages to seep into a youngster's consciousness. What that particular music may be, who performs it, and what it carries within and beyond its notes and/or words, is something to be sorted out at a later date. But the seeds of influence and interest are sowed at that early stage, and that's something that David Berkman knows all too well. ...

RADIO

Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels

Read "Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Drummer extraordinaire Jerry Granelli says he doesn't look back too much, he'd prefer to move forward with his music, but with Jamie Saft and Brad Jones in tow, he decided the time was right to rediscover some of the tunes he played backing Vince Guaraldi and Mose Allison years back. A sample of his new album is a highlight of this episode. Other new albums being sampled come from Swedish pianist Lisa Ullen, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Yells at Eels with Pinkish ...


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