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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lorraine Baker: Eden

Read "Eden" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Lorraine Baker graduated with First Class Honours from South East London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2009. Since then, she's worked with many of the UK's leading jazz musicians and in addition to such sessions she's also freelance drum tutor. Fellow drummer Jeff Williams is quoted describing Baker as having a “unique style" ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ken Vandermark / Marker: Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)

Read "Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Reed player, composer and improviser Ken Vandermark has led, or been a part of, more than fifty different groups in his prolific twenty-year recording career. Along the way he has played with many of the top talents in experimental, free, and avant-garde jazz, including Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Paul Lytton, Marcin Oles, Adam Lane, Ab Baars, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard

Read "Cull the Heard" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Pocket Aces have made all the right moves in gearing up for their first album. The three improvisers are comfortable with each other, having spent time playing together, unearthing their sound. Cull the Heard finds the leaderless trio composing as they improvise, curating an album full of focussed and engaging songs. The Boston trio omits any ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Don Phipps

On his album Hawthorne, Brooklyn-based Tom Abbs showcases his mastery of several instruments and writing styles. Combining free, hard bop, world, and blues styles, Abbs's compositions juxtapose explosive exposés of new music with idioms that hearken back to ancient times.

Abbs is joined by Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski on violin, Brian Settles on ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

The Atlantic Years

Read "The Atlantic Years" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Now that the vinyl boom has officially become big business, it is not surprising that major labels are scrambling to put together reissue projects from their back catalogs that will benefit from this cash cow. Rhino has already successfully tapped their holdings for superb mono boxed sets from both John Coltrane and Ray Charles. For their ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joshua Redman's New Album, "Still Dreaming"—Featuring Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade—Out Now

Joshua Redman's New Album, "Still Dreaming"—Featuring Ron Miles, Scott Colley & Brian Blade—Out Now

Saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is joined by drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and cornetist Ron Miles for Still Dreaming—an album inspired by his father Dewey Redman's 1976–1987 band, Old and New Dreams—released on Nonesuch Records on May 25, 2018. Along with the senior Redman, Old and New Dreams featured an all-star lineup of Ornette ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

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

Read "As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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

Read "Dave Holland Residency at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

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 ...