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Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4

Read "Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As our series dedicated to the amazing music that has come out of the struggle for the advancement of African-Americans, we span from tunes inspired by the march on Selma, or dedicated to the many victims of racially motivated brutality. Listen to deep set featuring old masters like Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, current giants like Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jason Moran and Wynton Marsalis and stars of the future like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Logan Richardson, Kris Bowers and Keyon Harrold. ...

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A to JazZ Festival 2019

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A to JazZ Festival 2019 South Park II Sofia, Bulgaria July 5-7, 2019 Jazz on a summer's day. There's nothing quite like it. To see Sofia's South Park II packed with somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand people for three days of jazz, where a veritable sea of good vibes held sway, was an uplifting sight. That people came in such numbers was chiefly due to the fact that A to JazZ ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah at Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Bandcamp Record Store and Performance Space Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Live at Bandcamp Oakland, CA June 27, 2019 While his band played “Songs She Never Heard," a piece from his 2019 album Ancestral Recall, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah paced across the stage, shaking a steady groove on his tambourine. When he stopped to lean over pianist Lawrence Fields, Fields looked over his shoulder and smiled back at him. Then Scott ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It's rare to see Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's name without some derivation of “architect" affixed to it. It's appropriate. The New Orleans trumpeter and composer—like his peers Kamasi Washington and Ambrose Akinmusire—is part of a wave of jazz musicians determined to keep the genre's momentum moving forward. Adjuah's Ancestral Recall seeks to dismiss notions of identity-based music, with a more inclusive form. As if to demonstrate comprehensiveness, Adjuah opens the collection with a very busy “Her Arrival." Featuring ...

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall

Read "Ancestral Recall" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Throughout two decades worth of previous releases, trumpeter Scott aTunde Adjuah has proved to be a master of his horn and an artist of soulfully ignited passions. With this album, the 35-year old multi-instrumentalist from New Orleans should add further accolades to his already sterling reputation. He defines current endeavors as “a map to de-colonialize sound, to challenge previously held misconceptions about some cultures of music" and applies a self-described “stretch" concept of examination and experimentation to what ...

LIVE REVIEW

2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

Read "2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 29-July 9, 2016 When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just offsite (literally down the block)--so many that I didn't get inside all of them in three nights of concerts. There's simply no way that ...

LIVE REVIEW

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 25-26, 2016 Plenty of fine music was presented at the 2016 version of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival by musicians young, old and in between. On piano, for instance, it ranged from Joey Alexander, who turned 13 on the day he performed, to Chick Corea, who turned 75 two weeks before he performed. But special kudos for the weekend ...


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