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Year in Review

John Chacona's Best Releases Of 2020

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It's tempting to say that this was the year the music died, and for clubs, concert and festival stages, that might generally be true. Yet, in this most confounding and contrary of years it's thoroughly fitting that as live music grew silent, recordings roared with eloquence, fury and, yes, beauty. Here are the releases that most captivated, moved, consoled and inspired me. Tyshawn Sorey Unfiltered Self Produced Mary Halvorson's Code Girl ...

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In Pictures

Unfiltered: The Tyshawn Sorey Sextet at the Jazz Gallery

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The Jazz Gallery in jny: New York City is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. It's a great room to listen to music and is also photographer friendly. The Gallery is known for paying homage to jazz greats but is perhaps best known for its commitment to supporting young musicians. It also provides a space for musical artists to experiment with new works and ensembles. As part of the anniversary celebration, the Tyshawn Sorey Sextet was featured for a five-night stand. ...

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Radio

Vic Juris & Dizzy Reece

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We keep our traction here in 2020 as we begin the 629th Episode of Neon Jazz with talented modern day drummer Tyshawn Sorey. We talked about his roots and influneces in jazz and he noted Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie. From there, we get into new tunes for the new year with Canadian cat Aaron Dolman and new politically charged music from a musician with deep Kansas City roots in Karrin Allyson. As the jazz world comes to ...

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Radio

Lisa Hoppe, Sorey & Crispell, Gebhard Ullman and More

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This episode is very wide-ranging in styles and sounds; the boundaries keep expanding. I was very impressed with bassist Lisa Hoppe's new trio, Third Reality, with saxophonist David Leon and guitarist Tal Yahalom. Very original stuff! It's on a German label—Jazzhausmusik—so do some digging to find it. It's well worth the effort. Drummer, composer and influencer Tyshawn Sorey believed so much in a concert that he recorded live with the great pianist Marilyn Crispell that he insisted there be no ...

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Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Crispell: The Adornment of Time

Read "The Adornment of Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Two of music's true geniuses, drummer-percussionist Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Marilyn Crispell, join forces on an extraordinary album. The Adornment of Time is a single-track project running almost sixty-five-minutes. The music was improvised and recorded live at the multi-purpose Greenwich Village club, The Kitchen. Outside their considerable composing and instrumental skills, Sorey and Crispell are known for their exceptional ability to listen and to empathize with colleagues. These personal traits make this album a benchmark for immediate creativity.

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Album Review

Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Tyshawn Sorey's musical career has been steadily moving away from jazz and toward new music in several forms. Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017) is dominated by a series of textural motions that create a dark mood. That album followed another Pi release, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016); an album that featured classical composition and improvisation. Sorey's new album, Pillars, is yet another departure for the composer/multi-instrumentalist; a three-disc set that is beyond categorization. Stephen Haynes, Joe Morris and ...

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Live Review

Berlin Jazzfest 2017

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Haus der Berliner Festspiele Jazzfest Berlin Berlin November 4-5, 2017 This year it was the last edition of Berlin Jazzfest under the aegis of British artistic director Richard Williams. With its “In All Languages" adage running through the six-day program as red thread, the festival still had promising stuff in store for the last two days, like the appearance of North-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar with the Berlin Zinc & Copper Ensemble, Wilco ...


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