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Leonor Falcón: Imaga Mondo

Read "Imaga Mondo" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Violinist Leonor Falcón takes a leap into the realm of the fantastical with her debut record, Imaga Mondo--literally, “Imaginary World" in Esperanto. Having long inhabited disparate musical territories, including classical stints with the Sirius Quartet and other chamber ensembles as well as her work with jazz musicians like Akua Dixon and Karl Berger, she's well-positioned to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Terri Hinte: Co-Creating the Image of Jazz

Read "Terri Hinte: Co-Creating the Image of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the second of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, ...

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

My ears are not accustomed to hearing cello as the lead instrument in an ensemble, and so Akua's Dance by cellist and baritone violinist Akua Dixon took some getting used to.

Dixon took quite a circuitous route to her third release: After graduating from New York's Fame High School of the Performing Arts, then ...

Jazz in Its Present Tents

Read "Jazz in Its Present Tents" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Jazz sets up camp throughout different geographies--and centuries.

Bossacucanova
The Best of Bossacucanova
Six Degrees Records
2016

Few bands have built upon the legacy of their chosen field the way that Bossacucanova has advanced the music of their native Brazil. Their story begins about two ...

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Lyricism and elegance are two words that come to mind while describing cellist Akua Dixon's third release under her own leadership, Akua's Dance. Two sessions comprise this engaging album on one of which Dixon plays, the rarely heard, baritone violin.

The joyous ambience and the instrumentation, Dixon accompanied by guitar, bass and drums, are ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Akua Dixon: Akua's Dance

Read "Akua's Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A visage of joyousness fills this album cover. Cellist Akua Dixon, with back arched and eyes closed, can't contain herself. A knowing smile washes over her face as she bathes in the light with cello in hand. It's a picture that perfectly illustrates the artist's place in the moment: Dixon has reached a point of supreme ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Akua's Dance," Third CD By Cellist / Composer / Arranger Akua Dixon, To Be Released February 10

"Akua's Dance," Third CD By Cellist / Composer / Arranger Akua Dixon, To Be Released February 10

With her sublime new album, Akua’s Dance, cellist Akua Dixon brings her sumptuous sound to the foreground on an array of material encompassing exquisite balladry, the music’s deepest roots in African and African-American culture, and instrumental pieces gleaned from Dixon’s opera-in-progress. Her label Akua’s Music will release the new CD on February 10. “The music moves forward ...

Joseph Daley: Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love

Read "Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A veteran of the adventurous music scene for over four decades, tubaist and composer Joseph Daley has rarely sought the spotlight for himself, but he has left his indelible mark on all projects with which he was involved. Daley, who spent most of his professional life as an educator, is the consummate artist as he balances ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Akua Dixon: Akua Dixon

Read "Akua Dixon" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Virtuoso cellist Akua Dixon is one of the few exclusive practitioners of the instrument in jazz. Whether in a supportive role or leading her Quartette Indigo she deftly fuses intimate chamber decorum and spontaneous ingenuity for an elegant and vibrant style that is hard to pigeonhole. She spices her eponymous release with Latin passion and an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Akua Dixon: Akua Dixon

Read "Akua Dixon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Cellist Akua Dixon has been at it for decades: She's performed with jazz royalty like Duke Ellington, penned arrangements for non-jazz giants like Lauryn Hill and Aretha Franklin, and recorded with everybody from trumpet titan Dizzy Gillespie to trombonist Steve Turre to David Byrne, the beyond-category former frontman of the Talking Heads. Unfortunately, all of that ...