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The Sound Of Progress: Lioness And Ellen Rowe

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The voices of women who've been marginalized, demeaned, abused, and overlooked will no longer be silenced. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have pulled the curtains back on deplorable actions and practices that have run rampant in all corners of society, the jazz world being no exception. With scandals airing out hidden truths at the Berklee College of Music, individual musicians and educators being held accountable for their inexcusable actions the world over, and brave victims speaking out, the tide is ...

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Satoko Fujii's Orchestras

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Among pianist and composer Satoko Fujii's many and varied ensembles are the orchestras she leads in various cities. These two releases contrast Fujii's approach to orchestral music with the results of another composer writing for one of her orchestras. Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo Kikoeru Libra 2018 Kikoeru was the final release in Fujii's ambitious 60th birthday CD-a-month program last year. All the music on the disc was composed either by Fujii ...

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South African Saliency: Reza Khota, Carlo Mombelli, Andrew Lilley, and Mandisi Dyantyis

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As sure as the sun will shine on Chapman's Peak and the winds will sweep over Table Mountain, South Africa will continue to flourish and birth new music worthy of worldwide attention. The West may typically pay little to no mind to South African jazz and the artists who shape it, but that has yet to put a damper on the creative pursuits of that nation's brightest lights. Below, under observation, are four notable releases from South African-based musicians who've ...

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Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

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In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the four-CD Making Rooms recorded on a seven-date Mopomoso tour of England in August 2013, and the six-and-a-quarter-hour, nineteen act, digital release Channel recorded at ...

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The Grammys' Failure To Recognize 2018's Greatest Rock Records

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If an average music fan was asked to judge the quality of rock music in 2018 based only on the Grammys, they would conclude that rock must not be producing quality records although nothing could be further from the truth. On February 10, 2019, the Grammys awarded From The Fires the coveted title of best rock album, honoring Led Zeppelin rip-offs Greta Van Fleet over Alice In Chains' Rainer Fog, Fall Out Boy's Mania, Ghost's Prequelle and Weezer's Pacific Daydream. ...

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Stefan Pasborg: A Drummer’s World of Vinyl

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Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg has never been afraid of throwing himself into ambitious experiments. He released the acclaimed triple album Triplepoint (ILK Music, 2007), has played a six-hour concert with his organ funk trio Ibrahim Electric, and translated the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's universe into atmospheric jazz rock on the album The Firebirds (ILK Music, 2015). Like his mentor, Danish drum icon Alex Riel, Pasborg, Pasborg has a gift for hearing rhythms, and has played since Riel ...

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Big Star: Live-r Than They Ever Were

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In recent years, the cult of personality surrounding power-pop pioneers Big Star has reached near-obsessive levels. Between band reissues large and small, tribute concerts and archiving of the solo work of its principals, Alex Chilton and the late Chris Bell, the devotion of the fan base has isn't likely to subside anytime soon either, so it's only natural that additional archiving work continues apace. Yet it would be a shame if these two live releases were lost in the shuffle: ...

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Allison Miller: Modern Jazz Icon in the Making

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Every professional musician knows how crucial it is to work regularly. Not only does it pay the bills--a pragmatic aspect of the necessarily busy lifestyle we laypeople may overlook--but it also allows for networking to enhance the musician's internal and public profile. Perhaps most importantly of all, consistent activity on stage and in the studio can provide a direct conduit to prolific creativity as well as drummer/composer/bandleader Allison Miller activities attest. Unlike those mirror images of electric/acoustic ensemble work from ...

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Winter 2019

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Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Samuel Blaser Early in the Mornin' OutNote Records 2018 Samuel Blaser's engagement with the blues on Early in the Mornin' inspires sparkling arrangements and vigorous musicianship. The frontman's lusty tones on the opening title track set a ...

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Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of reasonable living. Sure, there are the bigger names who continue to thrive, and it's easy to point to the absurd volume of music being ...

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Stephan Thelen and Sonar: Minimal Grooves at Maximum Volume

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Sonar Live at Moods 7d Media 2018 Imagine the gamelan-infused minimalism of 1980s King Crimson crossed with the droning heavy-rock menace of Sunn O))). Imagine Steve Reich if he discovered metal and turned to devil worship. You may be approaching the distinct neighborhood of Sonar, though their strange brew is far out enough that any such comparisons can only end up falling short. There's plenty of energy behind this Swiss outfit, but it's a slow-burning ...

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Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

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The clarinet is hardly as an exotic instrument as the oud, but both instruments have their places in modern jazz and it's always fascinating to hear how each sounds within those contexts they're placed. As a point of comparison, the music on these two releases is at once haunting and comforting, mesmerizing and intoxicating, ultimately luring in a listener to experience musicianship as involved as it is ingenious. As a result, the records offer exposure to familiar strains set in ...