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Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs began his Frequency Response series in 2003 with Conscription (CIMP Records). The group--then a quartet--included tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and drummer Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Jason Candler, violinists Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski are later additions to Frequency Response. On their long-awaited fourth album Hawthorne, Abbs again stands in as a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

A dialogo con Silvia Bolognesi

Read "A dialogo con Silvia Bolognesi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Silvia Bolognesi, contrabbassista, compositrice e band leader senese, è tra le più interessanti personalità del jazz italiano. Recentemente ha inoltre ricevuto un riconoscimento internazionale tanto lusinghiero, quanto meritato: la chiamata di Roscoe Mitchell per entrare a far parte del sestetto da lui formato per un progetto in onore di John Coltrane, del quale ricorre quest'anno il ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tarana: A Fire Of Flowers Grows Around Us

Read "A Fire Of Flowers Grows Around Us" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Musical explorations never cease. Jazz musicians are, by nature, curious and intelligent people who listen to and--for more than just economic imperatives--play all sorts of music. The farther musicians stray from their “home base," be it jazz or whatever, the deeper and richer their music becomes. The members of Tarana, Ravish Momin and Rick Parker, are ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matthew Shipp Quartet: Our Lady Of The Flowers

Read "Our Lady Of The Flowers" reviewed by John Sharpe

Our Lady Of The Flowers, titled in homage to French writer Jean Genet, constitutes the second disc by Declared Enemy, a familiar foursome convened by pianist Matthew Shipp. That association apart, the participants share a lot of history together. As a result they move like a finely tuned machine with well oiled parts through a program ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

By John Pietaro I was heartily saddened by the sudden unexpected phone call: downtown’s unsung hero of Free Jazz, Will Connell, Jr., was hospitalized and non-responsive. Immediately the jazz and new music community rallied and the outpouring of love for Will was apparent. We’d all been preparing for his big moment at the front of the stage, ...

Practice, Do You? Part 2-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 2-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Continued from Part 1

I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19 Concludes With Pianos And A Voice.

Vision Festival 19 Concludes With Pianos And A Voice.

Along with the celebrations of Amiri Baraka and Roy Campbell on the final day of Vision Festival 19 are several ensemble situations for piano from a duet fir Angelica Sanchez, a trio for Connie Crothers and the venerable Dave Burrell in striking quartet with Kidd Jordan, William Parker and Hamid Drake. And the voice of Fay Victor in a drum duet makes ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19: Roy Campbell, Tributes To A Giant

Vision Festival 19: Roy Campbell, Tributes To A Giant

VISION 19 - Studies In Freedom. Wednesday June 11 thru Sunday June 15, 2014 Roy Campbell was deeply grounded in the jazz tradition, and exhibited a working musician’s flexibility, with experiences ranging from R. & B. bands to off-Broadway shows, to reggae to electronics. Like Don Cherry, one of his heroes, Campbell was an omnivorous collaborator, working with hundreds of musicians all ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Evan Parker/ Matthew Shipp: Rex, Wrecks & XXX

Read "Rex, Wrecks & XXX" reviewed by John Sharpe

Few barriers remain in jazz. Certainly not geographical or generational. Even genre does not present insurmountable obstacles. Were it needed, further confirmation arrives in the shape of a meeting between two distinctive stylists: American pianist Matthew Shipp and English saxophone iconoclast Evan Parker. Far from being their first encounter, the pair know each other well, having ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dwayne Burno: Tradition

Read "Dwayne Burno: Tradition" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]

Dwayne Burno is one of the great bass players of his generation. Originally from jny: Philadelphia, Burno has been on the New York and international jazz scene since 1990. He has played with so many of the great legends of jazz: ...