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Life After Rashied: Live at the Woodstock Playhouse 1965; Why Not?; Eddie Jefferson at Ali's Alley; Configurations--The Music of John Coltrane; Mystic Journey

Read "Life After Rashied: Live at the Woodstock Playhouse 1965; Why Not?; Eddie Jefferson at Ali's Alley; Configurations--The Music of John Coltrane; Mystic Journey" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Burton GreeneLive at the Woodstock Playhouse 1965Porter2010 Marion BrownWhy Not?ESP2009 Rashied Ali QuintetFeaturing Eddie Jefferson at Ali's AlleyBlue Music Group2010 Rashied Ali with Prima MateriaConfigurations--The Music of John ColtraneBlue Music Group2009 Azar LawrenceMystic JourneysFurthermore2010 ...

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Rashied Ali: Meditations, Live in Europe and Art-Work

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John Coltrane Meditations Impulse! 2009 Rashied Ali Live in Europe Survival Records 2009 Hal Galper Art-Work Origin Records 2009 The eight years John Coltrane spent as a leader before his truly untimely death have been parsed and evaluated endlessly, with such vague qualities as importance, significance ...

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Rashied Ali Quintet: Judgment Day, Volume 1

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Rashied Ali is most commonly associated with his short tenure as John Coltrane's drummer on Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1967). His significant participation in the New York loft-jazz movement by opening “Ali's Alley in 1973 is also frequently cited. His most recent collaborations with saxophonist Sonny Fortune continue the conception of Ali as an explosive participant in free improvisation. Nevertheless, Ali's Judgment Day, Volume 1 is a strictly mainstream outing where he focuses his efforts as a teacher to those relatively ...

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Rashied Ali Quintet: Judgment Day, Vol. Two

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Although rightfully revered as one of the fathers of avant-garde drumming for his role in John Coltrane's last band, Rashied Ali grew up in Philadelphia during the heyday of hard bop, so it should come as no surprise to find him at the helm of a group that reflects the influence of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet, as much as that of the freer music that flowed from the font of Coltrane. This ...

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Rashied Ali Quintet: Judgment Day, Vol. One

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Rashied Ali has always been unfairly typecast as the guy who usurped Elvin Jones from Coltrane's Classic Quartet, enforcing the dividing line between A Love Supreme and Trane's final phase, when the leader became all dissonant and difficult. Trane knew better than us, of course, but Ali's career after Trane didn't do much to change the perception that he was strictly a free jazzer, thanks to first-rate duet work with the late Frank Lowe, stellar performances in trios led by ...

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Rashied Ali/Arthur Rhames: The Dynamic Duo Remember Trane and Bird

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For some, Interstellar Space was the end of John Coltrane--and for others, just the beginning. As many people dislike Rashied Ali for being Trane's last drummer as like him for that same reason. Indisputable though is that Interstellar Space began the examination of new possibilities for the duet format, apart from the typical piano/bass example. Ali continued to explore this arrangement after the death of his mentor on albums like Duo Exchange with late saxophonist Frank Lowe and in his ...

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Rashied Ali

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Rashied Ali is a survivor. Best known for replacing Elvin Jones as John Coltrane's drummer of choice in the mid-sixties, Ali has sustained himself as a working, thriving musician right through to the present day. Since his stint with Trane, Ali has founded a label, Survival Records, and a club, Ali's Alley; led countless groups in styles from funk to free; and mentored many young musicians (including John Coltrane's son, Ravi) while constantly refining his remarkable technique.

Ali performs in ...

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Rashied Ali: No One in Particular

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Rashied Ali's Tuesday night residency at Sweet Rhythm found him playing duets throughout November with alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune. Stretching doesn't begin to describe these improvisational whirlwinds, mostly standards - may the residency continue. Ali has had a busy 2002 - playing Tonic with Fortune only weeks before, preparing for a double-duo concert at Columbia on December 6th, and also releasing a disc titled No One In Particular some months ago.

The session itself dates back to 1992; ...

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Rashied Ali / Peter Kowald / Assif Tsahar: Deals, Ideas & Ideals

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In the spring of 2000 German bassist Peter Kowald attempted the seemingly impossible and in the process made history. He commenced on a three-month concert tour of the United States starting in Florida, ranging up the East Coast, criss-crossing the Midwest, hitting the west coast and doubling back for a final string of dates in the east. Along the way he played approximately 50 shows, most beginning with a solo set and concluding with a cooperative performance with local musicians. ...

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Rashied Ali and Louie Belogenis: Rings of Saturn

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Rings of Saturn evokes a powerful sense of deja vu for Coltrane lovers. Its clear antecedent: 1967's seminal duo record Interstellar Space, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali. On Interstellar Space, Coltrane blew with fierce emotional intensity, exploring multiphonic and multitimbral effects from the outer limits of possibility. Meanwhile Ali kicked up a firestorm of free rhythm, constantly interacting with the horn and intertwining lines.

After a first like that, it's not realistic to try to attempt repeating history. Fortunately, ...


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