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Leon Thomas is one of the most unique and gifted of all jazz vocalists, he shocked the jazz world with his amazing capabilities when he took it by storm in the late 1960s with his collaborations with Pharoah Sanders. Leon Thomas born in East St. Louis, Illinois on Oct. 4 1937, and studied music at Tennesseee State University, eventually moving to New York City in 1958. Early sessions included work with names like Count Basie, Randy Weston, Roland Kirk and Oliver Nelson before linking up with Pharoah Sanders for a partnership that continues to entrance listeners today. Leon recorded on two of Sanders’ most renowned classics “Karma,” (1969) and “Jewels Of Thought,” (1970) and his vocals on the cuts "The Creator Has A Master Plan" and "Hum-Allah" have ensured his reputation

Spirits Known And Unknown

Label: Ace Records UK
Released: 2019
Track listing: The Creator Has A Master Plan; One; Echoes; Song For My Father; Damn Nam (Ain’t Goin’ To Vietnam); Malcolm’s Gone; Let The Rain Fall On Me; A Night In Tunisia; Damn Nam (Ain’t Goin’ To Vietnam) (live); Um Um Um (live).

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Leon Thomas: Spirits Known And Unknown

Read "Spirits Known And Unknown" reviewed by Chris May

Spiritual-jazz fans in London have had a good 2019. The music looms large in several of the most prominent bands on the city's happening woke jazz scene. On top of that, London's Gearbox Records released Mothership, an on-point album by singer Dwight Trible, who also played a memorable one-nighter at Ronnie Scott's club. ...

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Day and Taxi, Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More

Read "Day and Taxi,  Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

First out of the mixed bag of audio treats this week (it's Halloween after all!) is a track from Oliver Lake's first recording 43 years ago Ntu: The Point from Which Creation Begins. I haven't played Oliver in a while and that seemed like a good place to begin catching up. Adam Rudolph's epic project, Ragmala, ...

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Dwight Trible at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Dwight Trible at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Chris May

Dwight Trible Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club London August 17, 2019 Dwight Trible inhabits a song with more than just his voice, he does so with his whole body—he uses every available limb and digit and twists and turns and shoehorns himself into his material. At Ronnie's tonight he ...

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Dwight Trible: Mothership

Read "Mothership" reviewed by Chris May

The Beatles' Revolver (Parlophone, 1966), recorded while the band were out of their skulls on high-voltage lysergic acid diethylamide, was the first masterpiece of British psychedelic rock. One of the album's highlights, the sitar-drenched closing track, “Tomorrow Never Knows," still sounds potent enough to trigger a flashback. Remarkably, Dwight Trible's version of “Tomorrow Never ...

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Tony Adamo: Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

Read "Was Out Jazz Zone Mad" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The translation of “Adam" from Hebrew--from which the surname Adamo springs--means from the “ground" or “soil." It also derives from the Hebrew word for red, a la “red clay." Perhaps that is why any work from Tony Adamo is rare earth--gritty, and flaming crimson. Was Out Jazz Zone Mad Adamo's latest, his first for Ropeadope, is ...

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October Birthday Salutes

Read "October Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Towards the end of every month, we celebrate the birthdays of famous and not so famous jazz musicians, physically or spiritually living. This month we feature Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. Art's centennial is in 2019; so consider this as a warm-up. In addition, we are able to celebrate Horace Tapscott in style because we have ...

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From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen

Read "From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonistically speaking... this episode has an abundance of fine saxophonists lurking throughout, from Glen Hall (with Gil Evans in Gil's last project) to Frenchman Denis Guivarc'h with Hubert Dupont to Jake Wark with Chicago pianist Matt Piet. You want more? David Liebman in No Fast Food, the late Dewey Redman, Matt Nelson with Brandon Lopez, Brad ...

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Gilad Atzmon: The Spirit Of Trane

Read "The Spirit Of Trane" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Duke Ellington's exquisite “In A Sentimental Mood," the first track on their memorable team-up album for Impulse! is here given a luscious treatment with the subtle addition of strings. “Invitation," the Coltrane version of which was found on Standard Coltrane a 1962 Prestige release but actually recorded in 1958. Like that version it's given a slow ...


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