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Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree

Read "The Dark Tree" reviewed by Chris May

The year of writing this review, 2019, is the thirtieth anniversary of the recording of The Dark Tree. It is also the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Horace Tapscott, a forgotten master of politically engaged African American spiritual jazz. The album, which is among Tapscott's finest, is crying out for a 2019 anniversary reissue. STOP ...

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Bobby Bradford-Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet: Live At The Blue Whale

Read "Live At The Blue Whale" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Bobby Bradford, classe 1934, un passato accanto ad autentici giganti, da Ornette Coleman (in particolare l'epocale Science Fiction, anno di grazia 1971) a John Carter (ripetutamente), tanto per fare solo due nomi, si unisce al più giovane sassofonista Hafez Modirzadeh per dirigere questo pregevole quartetto, nella cui musica (nello specifico ripresa dal vivo nel locale del ...

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Ab Baars: And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads

Read "And She Speaks - A Collection Of Ballads" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Mike Doughty of the rock band Soul Coughing wrote the lyric “is Chicago, Is Not Chicago..." to the song of the same name, followed by “a man cuts in half, just like he snaps a pencil..." The same could be said of And She Speaks -A Collection Of Ballads by saxophonist / clarinetist Ab Baars. This ...

Meet Mark Weber

Read "Meet Mark Weber" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Almost every aspect of Mark Weber's life ends up intersecting with jazz; he just might be the original Renaissance jazz fan. A former wedding photographer, he found himself photographing nearly every jazz musician to pass through Los Angeles and Albuquerque in the past several decades and, without planning to, ended up writing for CODA, deejaying a ...

Vinny Golia Sextet: Trajectory

Read "Trajectory" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Walking in the canyons of a big city like New York or in the old-growth forests of California Redwoods, it is almost impossible to acquire perspective. One cannot stand back far enough to take in the enormity of the scene. It is best to embrace the hugeness and enjoy the experience. The same can be said ...

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Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Read "Live At The  Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank ...

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Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bassist/composer Mark Dresser has long maintained a bi-coastal career. Born in Los Angeles, for many years his base of operations was New York--including ten years as a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet--but since 2004 he has been on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego. The all-star septet on Sedimental You bridges the ...

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Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

Read "TriAngular Bent" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. ...

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Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

Read "Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and--if you include the bass clarinet--Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was ...

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Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline: Live At The Open Gate

Read "Live At The Open Gate" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Live At The Open Gate by the quartet of Bobby Bradford, Hafez Modirzadeh, Mark Dresser, and Alex Cline shouts “West Coast" from the drop of the stylus on this, a limited edition (of 500) LP. It's not because the session is from Center for the Arts in Los Angeles 2013, it's because the inspiration here emanates ...