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Andrew Cyrille Quartet at Village Vanguard

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Andrew Cyrille Quartet Village Vanguard New York, NY August 21, 2020 Drummer/composer/bandleader Andrew Cyrille opened this livestream from the venerable Village Vanguard jazz club speaking about the oddness of playing to an empty room, noting the absence of applause at the end of numbers. Or booing: “I've been booed, too" he noted ruefully. But ultimately it's about the music. “Even when we rehearse we play hard. We play life." Cyrille was joined by ...

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Give the Drummer (More Than) Some! Part 3

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More music featuring projects lead by drummers. Drums for civil rights, solos and duos, and poetry drumming. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Terri Lyne Carrington “If Not Now (feat. Maimouna Youssef)" Waiting Game (Motema) 0:16 Host talks 5:42 Max Roach “Driva' Man" We Insist! (Candid) 6:49 Bill Bruford “The Drum Also Waltzes" Master Strokes 1978-1985 (EG) 12:01 Andrew Cyrille “A Tribute To Bu (Take 1)" Good to ...

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New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

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Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for Art, is a rarity on this side of the Atlantic in its scope and artistry. The superstars of the music are honored and respected ...

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Celebrating Andrew Cyrille at the 2019 Vision Festival

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The 2019 jazz festival “high holy" season opened with the sounds of the 24th Vision Festival, the longest running jazz festival in jny: New York City. The festival is dedicated to free jazz and improvised music, but it is an expansive celebration of art in its many guises. Dance performances, poetry and visual art forms are an essential facet of the experience. Arts for Arts, the organization that puts on the Vision Festival is also committed to building, sustaining and ...

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NYT Approved

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Vegetation may die in December but best-of lists sprout like weeds. This episode, the boys examine four selections on the venerable New York Times' best-of list of 2018 jazz releases, and (by their cranky standards, at least) like what they find. Except for a certain passage of spoken-word optimism. Bastards can't abide optimism. The music ranges from experimental to slightly less experimental (this IS a critic's best of list) to funky and (you guessed it) slightly experimental. Try it, in ...

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Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

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Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers. Saxophonist Cale Brandley's name may not resonate for some, but back in 2005, he was studying jazz in New York and hooked up with ...


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