All About Jazz

Home » Articles | Reviews Only

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

Articles | Featured | Future

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sunny Murray Trio with John Edwards and Tony Bevan: The Gearbox Explodes!

Read "The Gearbox Explodes!" reviewed by

Released under the titular leadership of drummer Sunny Murray, The Gearbox Explodes! features the same line-up as Home Cooking In The UK (Foghorn Records, 2004), and is in practice another exercise in collective music making of the purest and least hierarchical kind. Murray's leadership is confined to establishing an opening tempo and beat for each of the three tracks, and, later, bringing them to a close.

Music so wholly unpremeditated and in-the-moment as this requires listening ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tony Bevan: Bruised

Read "Bruised" reviewed by

A magical and transporting, down by law, A-list masterpiece, bass saxophonist Tony Bevan's Bruised is among the very deepest and most rewarding albums to come out of the UK this year, performed by a joined at the head, heart, and hip, genre-busting, genius lineup.

It's free improvisation, Jim, but not as we usually know it--so instinctively architectural that it's hard to believe it was collectively created wholly in the moment, and is now released entirely free of overdubs, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sunny Murray/John Edwards/Tony Bevan: Home Cooking in the UK

Read "Home Cooking in the UK" reviewed by

The overall loose and disjointed rhythms of free jazz can, at least in part, be traced back to Sunny Murray's innovations of the late '50s and early '60s. Having worked with men like Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler, Murray found a cadence to match the wide, wild, and multi-dimensional aspects of these free-jazzers. Of course, imitators and copycats being who they are, Murray's techniques are often borrowed and duplicated, some better than others. As heard on Home Cooking ...