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Interview

Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom

Read "Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


As the twenty-first century takes its course, a jazz musician's musical path seems to be becoming less and less linear. Derivatives of genres, shifting technological approaches and possibilities as well as a growing amount of proactivist political and social advocacy are increasingly gaining passage into this century's art form with deep American roots. In that respect and over twenty years deep into a fruitful career with now five albums as a leader under his belt, jny: Kansas City-native ...

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Interview

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

Read "Logan Richardson:  To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, Shift, featuring guitarist Pat Metheny. Warning! Shift sounds positively conservative compared to 2021's AfroFuturism (WAX Industry / Whirlwind). The new album's reference ...

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Album Review

Logan Richardson: AfroFuturism

Read "AfroFuturism" reviewed by Chris May


In a 2016 interview, Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, Shift. Warning! That album sounds positively conservative compared to the paradigm-shattering monster AfroFuturism. Among the latest album's various conceptual references, either intended ...

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Year in Review

Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Another year of outstanding releases which not only unveiled new artists but also fresh material from those I've admired over many years. While the roots of jazz were formed during the music diaspora from Africa to America its branches are continually grafting and evolving--artistically, culturally, and geographically as musicians and composers find creative ways to express the music. As usual, the task is arduous but here are my picks for 2016. Logan Richardson Shift

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Album Review

Logan Richardson: Shift

Read "Shift" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Shift is a welcome return to the emotive stylings of Logan Richardson, the jny: Paris-based, jny: Kansas City-born saxophonist and composer who garnered respect as a fluent voice with his 2007 debut Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound) and projects with peers like pianist Gerald Clayton in NEXT Collective. With this debut on Blue Note the blending of culturally rich environments feed creative music realized by Richardson's dream band of jazz luminaries: guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran and a superb rhythm ...

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Album Review

Logan Richardson: Ethos

Read "Ethos" reviewed by Laurel Gross


Logan Richardson is an enterprising and resourceful young alto player, composer and bandleader. Like his well-received debut, Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2007), Ethos--also favoring a concept-driven title--shows off Richardson's ample technique and compositions imbued with feeling. His 14 originals move between a variety of tempos, structures and moods, giving a nod to sensible architecture while containing and perhaps even celebrating much looser, experimental freeform elements, marrying skillful restraint with spirited improvisation. Richardson has wisely enlisted ...

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Album Review

Logan Richardson: Cerebral Flow

Read "Cerebral Flow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


There is enough stated in the opening minute of unaccompanied sax which kicks off Cerebral Flow to suggest that Logan Richardson is going to make a name for himself. The track in question, “Turning Maze, may have provided a better title for Richardson's debut as leader, as his alto sax lines twist sharply, turn blind corners, and hits dead ends at velocity, in a dizzying display of virtuosity which may draw applause and raise eyebrows in equal measure. ...


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