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William Parker: Embracing The Unknown

Read "William Parker: Embracing The Unknown" reviewed by Luke Seabright

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.

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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

Read "Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

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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 ...

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Dave Zoller: Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk

Read "Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

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 ...

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David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

Read "Ten Billion Versions of Reality" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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 ...

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Basilio Sulis: Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz

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In tempi come quelli odierni, fatti di festival con cartelloni omologati e di proposte musicali più attente agli aspetti commerciali che ai contenuti artistici, le manifestazioni che nel corso degli anni sono riuscite a mantenere una forte integrità e coerenza rappresentano una rara e dunque pregevole eccezione.

Tra queste, possiamo sicuramente annoverare Ai ...

Pasquale Mirra: Moderatamente Solo

Read "Moderatamente Solo" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ultima uscita in ordine di tempo dell'etichetta Fonterossa di Silvia Bolognesi (che ce ne parlava nell'intervista che le abbiamo fatto recentemente ), Moderatamente Solo di Pasquale Mirra è un rarissimo esempio di album per solo vibrafono. Registrato dal vivo nel 2016 al Fonterossa Day #2 di Pisa, è dedicato dal suo autore ai propri genitori. Sebbene ...

Charlie Haden / Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings

Read "Time/Life:Songs For The Whales And Other Beings" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Formed by bassist Charlie Haden in 1969 to protest America's war in Vietnam/Indochina, the Liberation Music Orchestra has reconvened roughly every ten years to record musical protest in the face of major injustices. Time/Life: Song for the Whales and Other Beings was inspired by concern at global ecological destruction, and to that end the music has ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...