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ALBUM REVIEW

James Brandon Lewis: Molecular

Read "Molecular" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis offers up an introductory statement in the album packaging as a preface to the liner notes of Molecular. His train of thought is difficult to follow. He leaves an impression of not being a “normal" person, in the best possible sense of that assessment. It is the impression of a deep-thinking artist working hard to pin down elusive truths, tying molecular biology and “African American quilting, spirituals, jazz, the abstract paintings of Wassily Kandinsky, the molecular ...

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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor, Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more

Read "James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor,  Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret and more" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Mark this one down on your “must-get" list: Live in Willisau by saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor. It's on Intakt Records, captured live at the annual Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Excellent recording, one that zooms to my favourites of 2020 list. This episode is filled with music from new releases from pianist Alexander Hawkins and cellist Tomeka Reid, trombonist Samuel Blaser and guitarist Marc Ducret, Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, Irish drummer Steve Davis, the Ombak Trio from ...

ALBUM REVIEW

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by John Sharpe

An UnRuly Manifesto feels like the album tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has been working towards since his relocation to New York in 2012. His quintet's standout set at the 2019 Vision Festival was based around this program, no surprise given that this is such a formidable disc. Lewis retains the services of bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren 'Trae' Crudup III, who fuelled his trio date No Filter (BNS Records, 2017), and also makes that album's guest, guitarist Anthony ...

LIVE REVIEW

North Sea Jazz Festival 2019

Read "North Sea Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ljubinko Zivkovic

North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands July 12-14, 2019 For a while now, jazz festivals have lost their exclusivity and being a musical source for just jazz fans or those who wanted to get involved in the scene. More commercial artists from other musical genres have actually become a source of sustainability for jazz festivals and in many respects for jazz artists themselves.Even while it was still located in jny: The ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

New releases keep coming at an exciting place and Mondo Jazz obliges, sharing tons of exicting new releases, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its spiritual offspring as well as some great European projects. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Marilyn Mazur “Space Entry Dance" Shamania (RareNoise) 0:17 Host talks 4:37 Art Ensemble of Chicago “Saturday Morning" We Are on the Edge (PI) 6:57 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

James Brandon Lewis has been climbing the current jazz pantheon for a good while now. This deserving project should elevate the 36-year old tenor saxophonist from Buffalo even higher in the ranks. Backed by the usual collaborators in his touring trio (drummer Warren Trae Crudup III, bassist Luke Stewart) and a pair of familiar guests, Lewis has crafted another fine testimony to his dynamic skill and progressive vision. An abbreviated cascade of cymbals preludes the opening ...

ALBUM REVIEW

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The revolution will not be televised. Those words by Gil Scott-Heron from 1970 are more relevant to today's jazz revolution than any time since the mid-1990s, when conservatively-dressed youngsters mimicked the post-bop of the 1960s and were promoted as liberators. More recently, the touted saviors rehash a quasi-spiritual fusion that stands in for à la mode jazz. But dig a little deeper, and look past the hype, and the true champions can be found. One great example is the saxophonist ...


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