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Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to them by the exposure to not only American culture but also the traditions of the places of origin of their families, which hailed from ...

Fred Ho: We Refuse To Be Used And Abused

Read "Fred Ho: We Refuse To Be Used And Abused" reviewed by Peter Madsen

When I began playing jazz over 30 years ago I felt that it was music leaning its sounds in the leftist direction. Being in the jazz world gave me the feeling of being in a secret underground, a place outside the all-American white-bread Christian society that was always telling me what to believe and how to behave. To not ask too many questions, to not break the everlasting capitalist rules and regulations, to feel superior as a man with a ...