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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977

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As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free-Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977
Val Wilmer
408 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 78816 071 1
Serpent's Tail
2018

First published in 1977, journalist, author and black music historian Val Wilmer's As Serious As Your Life... makes a welcome print return at a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Holland Residency at SFJAZZ

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Dave Holland
SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
March 22-25, 2018

Dave Holland took the stage with a smile, an appropriate beginning to a four-night residency at SFJAZZ in San Francisco, California, one which would see him transition from solo to duo to trio to quartet.

Holland has created innumerable ...

Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You never really recognize a musician or ensemble until you hear them live. In the studio, artists have the luxury of multiple takes and edits to fine-tune their sound. Live in concert, the trade-off for the lack of second takes, is the musicians' ability to feed off of the energies of the audience. Their true identities ...

Marc Edwards: The Bowels Of Jupiter

Read "The Bowels Of Jupiter" reviewed by Don Phipps



As you listen to The Bowels of Jupiter, you will have no special gear to protect you from the musical g-forces that will blanket your ears and brain. But you wouldn't want any, as it is these musical g-forces that make drummer Marc Edwards and guitarist Mick Barr's album an incredible listening experience.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

William Parker: Embracing The Unknown

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His is one of the most distinctive and respected voices on double bass today. William Parker, the tireless composer, multi-instrumentalist, educator and poet, is still today omnipresent on the contemporary free jazz scene. What's more, he has been consistently for the last four decades. The William Parker Sessionography: A Work in Progress by Rick Lopez clocks ...

Trio 3 (Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, Oliver Lake): Visiting Texture

Read "Visiting Texture" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ecco l'ennesimo capitolo della pregnante avventura del Trio 3, iniziata una trentina di anni fa con l'incontro di questi titani della musica e dell'improvvisazione contemporanea. Personalità forti, che nell'incontro hanno saldato una sintonia matura fin dal primo momento, ma nel corso del tempo sempre più organica e dialettica, tra libertà e rigore.

Vengono alla ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Myra Melford Trio: Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1

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Back in 1993, pianist Myra Melford announced herself on the international stage with Alive In The House Of Saints and it still constitutes exhilarating listening. It was the third and, as it happened, last album by her trio completed by bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Reggie Nicholson, following a brace of recordings on the Enemy imprint ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

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The most fitting tribute to Thelonious Monk on the 100th anniversary of his birth was not by a pianist, but by a trumpeter, and not any ordinary trumpeter. Wadada Leo Smith, like Monk, is a musician's musician. While his peers have seemingly always investigated his music, it took the listening audience (and, ahem, critics) awhile to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Zoller: Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk

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Younger readers may not believe this, but there was a time when all-Thelonious Monk tribute albums were a rarity. During most of Monk's lifetime, musicians focused on a few of his best-known tunes ("Round Midnight" was--and remains-- the obvious favorite). But then Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, and other champions of Monk began to devote whole albums ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

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Saxophonist David Bindman reconvenes the ensemble that created Sunset Park Polyphony (Self Produced, 2012) for the eclectic Ten Billion Versions of Reality. Bindman had spent parts of two recent years in the upstate New York town of Cambridge, developing a suite that is meant to weave together varying perspectives across multiple sound surfaces. The title, in ...