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Kali. Z. Fasteau: Intuit

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To pigeonhole a musician is to ghettoize a music. But we all do it. Yes, Kali Z. Fasteau is a pianist, but also a drummer, a cellist and a flutist. From her twenty plus recordings she refuses to be fixed with a descriptor. She also performs on the nai, kaval and shakuhachi flutes, is a vocalist, plays viola, violin, mizmar, soprano sax, synthesizers, and sanza. Like a modern Rahsaan Roland Kirk, she just makes music. Her brand (another ...

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Kali. Z. Fasteau: Piano Rapture

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What makes Piano Rapture so engaging has to do with a combination of moods, movements and magic. Pianist Kali Z. Fasteau takes you on a musical journey into both past and present, with sounds that can be lyrical and rambunctious, quiet and rowdy. Featuring some exquisite wailing and sailing from tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, with healthy doses also coming from two other reed players--Lee Mixashawn Rozie on soprano and tenor along with a little flute here and there and some ...

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Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau

Read "Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Kali. Z. Fasteau: Kali. Z. Fasteau is from a musical family, playing piano, cello, flute, and voice since early childhood in Paris and New York. Her piano teacher, for eight years, was Olga Heifetz. She started improvising at age 14. She received post-grad degrees studying the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century Europe and jazz. Then she traveled for more than 14 years, living in 18 countries: India (1981-83), Turkey (1976-77), Nepal, Morocco, Senegal, Congo, Italy, ...

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Kali Z. Fasteau/ Kidd Jordan: Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Multi-instrumentalism is one of the enduring legacies of the '60s New Thing and Chicago's AACM, where everything was fair game in the hunt for unfettered expressionism. Few have taken it as far as Kali Z. Fasteau, who plays a different instrument on each of the nine tracks of this live recording from Finland's 2007 Kerava Jazz Festival. Perhaps surprisingly, this doesn't make for a smorgasbord of unrelated approaches, thanks to the unifying force of Kidd Jordan's tenor saxophone, featured on ...

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Words on World Jazz

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By Kali Z. Fasteau Let's take a dialectic approach to the subject of 'world jazz', looking at both the macro contours (the big picture) and the micro tones, like the Indian term 'sruti': the smallest audible difference of pitch. In response to questions about genre, I started using this term because it directly conveys the dynamic synthesis of world music and jazz. Some dislike the word 'jazz' because of its origin, but according to numerology, it is ...

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Kali Z. Fasteau / Kidd Jordan: People of the Ninth: New Orleans and the Hurricane 2005

Read "People of the Ninth: New Orleans and the Hurricane 2005" reviewed by Budd Kopman

In the waning days of September, 2005, the entire U.S. population watched as hurricane Katrina developed into a monster storm and seemed to take aim directly for New Orleans. Just at the last moment, the storm swerved a bit and weakened, allowing people to think that, once again, the bullet had been dodged. And then, as the storm passed, the levees broke and a tragic tale of loss, anguish, greed, stupidity, conspiracy theories and heroism began to ...

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Kali Z. Fasteau/Kidd Jordan: People of the Ninth: New Orleans and the Hurricane 2005

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One of the great benefits of obscurity is the celebration of discovery. Throughout his career, saxophonist/teacher Kidd Jordan has been respected and hired by peers including Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman and Ellis Marsalis, but only since the late '90s has the septuagenarian begun to garner prolific recording opportunities and jazz festival invites. Multi-instrumentalist Kali Z. Fasteau is the latest to share the time-tested and distinctive playing of Jordan. For People of the Ninth: New Orleans and the ...