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INTERVIEW

Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak

Read "Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

To audiences in Boston or New York, Salim Washington is not just a great musician, he is a community builder. Having first established the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, then the Harlem Arts Ensemble, Washington has throughout his career carefully nurtured collectives of musicians who in turn generated irreplaceable music scenes at venues like Connolly's in Boston and St. Nick's Pub in New York. In tandem with his collaborators, Washington also honed his chops as a composer, tackling ambitious, genre-defying works that ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Salim Washington: Live at St. Nick's

Read "Live at St. Nick's" reviewed by Jim Santella

Long a Friday night fixture at St. Nick's Pub in New York's Sugar Hill section, Salim Washington's Harlem Arts Ensemble--the leader on tenor, flute and oboe, pianist Donald Smith, violist Melani Dyer, bassist Aaron James, drummer Mark Johnson and trombonist Ku-Umba Frank Lacy, who also plays a mean flugelhorn--shares fresh ideas with an aware audience on this live document from the aforementioned club. In his liner notes, Washington points out that the Friday night audience is so hip that it ...

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Salim Washington: Harlem Homecoming

Read "Harlem Homecoming" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Harlem Homecoming is a breath of fresh air, a powerful musical statement that will surely give hope to those who bemoan the future of jazz. These ten original songs were mostly composed by Washington and executed by the formidable Harlem Arts Ensemble; the CD is a heady mix of first-rate musicianship with positive intention and emotional warmth. The ensemble, comprised of fourteen uniformly excellent musicians--including Kuumba Frank Lacy (trombone, flugelhorn), as well as Washington's wife, Melanie Dyer (viola), and their ...

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Salim Washington Harlem Arts Ensemble: Harlem Homecoming

Read "Harlem Homecoming" reviewed by Nic Jones

Harlem Homecoming is a celebration of what this music ought to be all about. It's also some kind of antidote to all the technically proficient but ultimately clinical modern mainstream stuff, and its uninhibited joyfulness brings a smile to the face and a fire to the heart.

For evidence of this, look no further than the title track. The section work is of the order which would have had Mingus shouting his exhortations, and Melanie Dyer's viola extends the modest ...

MEGAPHONE

Has Katrina Failed to Blow the Wool from over our Eyes? Why I Disagree with the New Jazz Orthodoxy

Read "Has Katrina Failed to Blow the Wool from over our Eyes? Why I Disagree with the New Jazz Orthodoxy" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Salim Washington The recent disaster in the Gulf region is not only historic, but mythical; it provides a window into our political, economic and social life and also our ideas and fantasies about who and how we are. Not surprisingly, in a nation which is infamously self-congratulatory and completely sentimental about its own history, this disaster and its consequent reactions are framed in a narrative that chooses to emphasize individual heroic efforts over systemic racism and ...


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