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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith is one of the few musicians remaining from the original, founding generation of Chicago's legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. But he has hardly rested since; Smith's Ten Freedom Summers (2012, Cuneiform) was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music; in 2017, Smith swept the Downbeat Critics' ...

From Choro to Chaos

Read "From Choro to Chaos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Berkeley Choro Ensemble
The View from Here
Self-Produced
2017

Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il trombettista Wadada Leo Smith chiama a raccolta i suoi fedelissimi per una nuova scorribanda nei territori dell'emozione, con la sua tromba spiritata che guida il cammino con saggezza e ferma determinazione, tracciando le linee guida attraverso le quali poi tutti i musicisti saranno chiamati a dare il proprio ampio contributo nella tessitura narrativa dei cinque ...

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NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
The Friday Marathon
New York, NY
January 12, 2018

As the setting sun ushered in the first of two NYC Winter Jazzfest marathon nights on Friday, January 12, the only thing that seemed to be missing was winter itself. After coping with a deep freeze for weeks, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alicia Hall Moran: Here Today

Read "Here Today" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le sintesi tra canto operistico e universo musicale afroamericano sono state sporadiche. In generale la relazione tra i due mondi è apparsa difficilmente compatibile per la forte diversità tra le due estetiche: mi sembra che l'esempio più riuscito di conciliazione resti l'opera Porgy and Bess . Di recente un significativo passo avanti lo sta compiendo il ...

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DarkMatterHalo: Cataclysmic Beauty

Read "Cataclysmic Beauty" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Non è un caso che il termine sound designer, con il quale si presenta il musicista elettronico Hardedge (al secolo Velibor Pedevski), sia usato solitamente per designare una precisa figura in ambito cinematografico, responsabile di progettare quell'insieme di rumori ambientali, foley e colonna sonora che contribuisce a dare sostanza alla narrazione filmica. Un ruolo spesso sottovalutato, ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is no stranger to plugged-in performance. Like Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, his musical systems prove just as applicable to electronic as to all-acoustic environments. Indeed one of Smith's earliest such immersions was Yo Miles! inspired by Miles' 1970s guitar shredding bands. Multiple electric strings have also formed an integral part of ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...

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Harriet Tubman: Araminta

Read "Araminta" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Named after the iconic American heroine: escaped slave, abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross circa 1822); the extraordinary New York based trio of guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer JT Lewis have performed together for over 20 years yet have only released three prior recordings: I am a Man (Knitting Factory, 1998), ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Live From The New Stone School: Brandon Ross, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell & Susie Ibarra

Read "Live From The New Stone School: Brandon Ross, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell & Susie Ibarra" reviewed by Martin Longley

Phantom Station
The Stone at The New School
June 17, 2017

The Stone is pulling its shutters down for the last time, come the close of 2017. John Zorn's excellent Alphabet City corner venue has spent 12 years being an uncompromising centre for questioning music, but its mastermind has now ...