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Albert Ayler: Quartets 1964: Spirits To Ghosts Revisited

Read "Quartets 1964: Spirits To Ghosts Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When did you first encounter saxophonist Albert Ayler's music? Not 'hear' because hearing was just part of the experience. Call it the shock of the new or just the discovery of a totally original sound, Ayler's music was a revelation. That first encounter will probably always be one of those “where were you when you first ...

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Sunny Murray, Bob Dickie, Robert Andreano: Homework

Read "Homework" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso nel maggio 1994 e pubblicato tre anni dopo su LP a tiratura limitata su etichetta Super Secret Sound, questo album vede il leggendario Sunny Murray, all'epoca cinquantasettenne, affiancato da due giovani musicisti che non avrebbero poi avuto particolare modo di far parlare di sé. L'attuale versione in CD, rispetto a quella in vinile, vede l'aggiunta ...

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Sunny Murray: Homework

Read "Homework" reviewed by John Sharpe

Sunny Murray, who died in December 2017, was one of the pioneers of free-jazz drumming, having established himself on seminal discs with pianist Cecil Taylor and saxophonist Albert Ayler during the 1960s. Homework presents Murray in 1994 in a bare-bones trio format with a pair of young Philadelphia musicians who went on to work in indie ...

John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

Read "John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame ...

Elder Ones, "From Untruth," and a Threat Called New York: An Essay

Read "Elder Ones, "From Untruth," and a Threat Called New York: An Essay" reviewed by Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah

If what we witness today; rabid expansion of capital and with it, growing class difference, and a renewed interest in Marx; if these were testimony to one thing, it would be Derrida's spook of a wager from his seminal Specters de Marx. Indeed, neo-liberal/conservative sham thinkers such as Fukuyama today find shelter no longer in Hegel, ...

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Tibor Prettschnöder: The Largo And The Lame

Read "The Largo And The Lame" reviewed by Mark Corroto

By now it is generally accepted that there is such a category as Germanic free improvisation. One separate from the Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Günter Sommer, Peter Kowald, Manfred Schoof, Gerd Dudek, Albert Mangelsdorff, etc, etc. school of free jazz that machine-gunned its way into the European scene of the late 1960s. These new rebels ...

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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 ...

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Albert Ayler: Copenhagen Live 1964

Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il 1964 fu un anno cruciale nella vicenda artistica di Albert Ayler: l'abbondante pubblicazione di suoi lavori, tra cui Spiritual Unity e New York Eye and Ear Control, focalizzò l'attenzione sul sassofonista, sulla sua musica abrasiva e tenera, tellurica e spirituale. Epica. Fu anche l'anno in cui Ayler venne in Europa per la seconda volta, lasciando ...

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Thurston Moore / Adam Gołębiewski: Disarm

Read "Disarm" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We must give credit to Thurston Moore because back in the day, at the height of his rock-n-roll superstardom, he turned post-punk fans on to improvisers like Sunny Murray, Paul Flaherty, Sun Ra, Mats Gustafsson, and Masami Akita. Nowadays, as he moves further and further away from rock, the opposite is happening. Improvisation fans listening to ...

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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 ...


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