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Emanative: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Every so often an album comes along that is so sweeping in its cultural scope, and so far beyond the norms of critical discourse, that it almost beggars description. Such a disc is Earth, the fourth physical-release album from drummer and producer Nick Woodmansey's Emanative and the follow-up to the band's outstanding The Light Years Of ...

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Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the spring of 1974, the storied ESP label had just released the leadership debut of thirty-year old reedman Frank Lowe, and now he was considering his next move. Val Wilmer in her groundbreaking As Serious As Your Life (Quartet Books, 1977) observes about Lowe: “Everywhere you go in New York you'll run into him, working ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Live in Ulm 1992

Read "Live in Ulm 1992" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Questo concerto dell'Arkestra è stato registrato a Ulm nel 1992, durante l'ultima tournée della band con il suo leader, che -già malato-morirà poi nel maggio dell'anno successivo.

Come ben sa chi abbia avuto il piacere di seguire l'orchestra anche dopo la scomparsa di Sun Ra, l'energia non viene comunque mai a mancare, come ...

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Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The year separating Thanksgivings of 2013 and 2014 has abounded in historic reissues and discoveries. There are several from idiosyncratic bandleader Sun Ra in addition to ones from saxophonists John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan and Charles Lloyd. And of course there are such gems as the third volume of trumpeter Miles Davis' Fillmore bootlegs and clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

In many ways, Saturday is a miniature of the entire guiding outlook and purpose of this annual love labor from Arts For Art. All elements, discussion, youth support, poetry and a well sequenced array of distinct and personal performance statements are present and the stalwart Matthew Shipp Trio speaks to the element of continuity. A FUTURE OF VISION (Honoring the Next Generation) 12:30 ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19: Honoring Amiri Baraka The Legacy Thru Panels & Poetry

Vision Festival 19: Honoring Amiri Baraka The Legacy Thru Panels & Poetry

Since the first Vision Festival, in 1996, Amiri Baraka has been an important presence at Vision. But way before the Vision Festival he was a champion of the music, with his seminal books on Jazz, ‘Blues People’ and ‘Black Music’. For many of the other artists and audiences who have participated each year, Baraka has been an inspiration. For the last ...

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Melodic Art-Tet: Melodic Art-Tet

Read "Melodic Art-Tet" reviewed by John Sharpe

Once again the Lithuanian No Business label has unearthed a little known relic from the lower strata of NYC's loft jazz era. Like The Group's Live (No Business, 2013), the previous beneficiary of the imprint's ongoing investigation, the Melodic Art-Tet never officially recorded so this 1974 broadcast tape from WKCR represents the only surviving fragment of ...

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Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora

Read "Ensemble musikFabrik, Etienne Charles, Pulverize The Sound & Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ensemble musikFabrik
Avery Fisher Hall
July 20, 2013

Karlheinz Stockhausen and Sun Ra must surely vie for the stellar position of most cosmically attuned composer within the bounds of the omniverse. Stockhausen's Licht is arguably his major work, at least in terms of sheer scale. It's a seven-day-long operatic ...

The Group: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Mentre il preteso “centro del mondo" del jazz, ormai in sempre più costante ansia dissociativa e ricerca di consensi occasionali, si compiace delle gesta pop - nemmeno troppo pop e nemmeno troppo originali - di una Esperanza Spalding o sugli “originali" innesti hip-hop nella musica di Robert Glasper [ok, la memoria di tutti fa difetto, non c'è problema, non c'è ...

The Group: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

What quirk of fate governs whether or not a band captures the public imagination? A star-studded lineup? A strong set of tunes? Or just the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time? For The Group--a stellar mid-'80s aggregation of New York City avant talent--all these preconditions seemed to be in place, ...