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Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Martin Archer: Story Tellers

Read "Story Tellers" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We used to call records like this 'concept albums.' The whole idea soon became a term of derision thanks to Rick Wakeman and others. Nevertheless, let's stick with it for a moment. Martin Archer's Story Tellers is constructed as a series of interlocking vignettes, linked both by certain recurring themes, narrative threads and the attribution of ...

AACM - The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music

Read "AACM - The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) was created 50 years ago in jny: Chicago to give voice to adventurous African American musicians and to express the political turmoil of the era. As this is the anniversary year of this revolutionary collective here are ten essential classic AACM recordings that belong in any collection, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Daren Burns Releases First Solo Album "Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People” On Urban Nerds Records, Features Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Daren Burns Releases First Solo Album "Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People” On Urban Nerds Records, Features Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.

Bassist, composer and educator Daren Burns (John “Drumbo” French of Captain Beefheart) has released Fear is not the Natural State of Civilized People, on Urban Nerds Records, a label Burns founded in 2009. Burns’ first solo album of original instrumental material, this intense and expressive 4-part suite realizes a creative path that began in 2006. The recording highlights Burns' unique ...

Olavi Trio & Friends: Triologia

Read "Triologia" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

In his fine dissertation, “The Descriptive Grammar of the Ground--Almost Complete Poems" Brazilian poet Manoel de Barros wrote of the poetry that exists in everything, if one chooses to see it. The Beat poets, especially Allen Ginsberg, echoed this belief in emotive poetry. Similarly, Olavi and Friends--albeit in ways a lot more extreme than the Paul ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

AACM | Great Black Music, 6/4-13

AACM | Great Black Music, 6/4-13

Presented in Philadelphia by Ars Nova Workshop from June 4-13, AACM | Great Black Music is a festival of performances and public discussions with scholars and writers celebrating the past and present work of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Founded in Chicago in 1965, the AACM's motto is “Great Black Music, Ancient to ...

George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself

Read "George Lewis: A Power Stronger Than Itself" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

As an improviser, educator and an explorer of musical expression, George Lewis has become one of the significant contributors towards the respect and recognition Jazz is finally receiving as one of America's most notable and distinguished cultural achievements. He recently published what I consider to be one of the most critical books on Jazz and African ...