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The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Bassist Malachi Favors, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Joseph Jarman have all passed on, leaving the Art Ensemble of Chicago's remaining original members, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Famoudou Don Moye, to rebuild. We Are on the Edge is a double-CD package; it is a fifty-year celebration of the group, and a dedication to the departed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Seventy plus recordings and fifty years since the inception of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. I mean the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, its original name. Born of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the band sojourned to Paris and soon changed its name to The Art Ensemble Of Chicago to reflect the corroborative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble: Live at The Currency Exchange, Volume 1

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A Power Stronger Than Itself (The University of Chicago press) is the title of George Lewis' history of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). Published in 2008, its 676 pages tell the story of the first 43 years of the Chicago South Side collective that gave birth to musicians like Henry Threadgill, Wadada ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sean Moran, James Banner’s Usine and More

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Exactly one day after the funeral of his beloved wife, and urged by friends and family, Polish saxophonist Leszek Żądło along with bassist Andrzej Cudzich and drummer Janusz Stefański entered Studio Stebo in Krakow, Poland in 1995 and recorded some very emotional and powerful music. Finally released, that recording is the feature on this week's episode ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Baas and Other Great New Releases

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The new albums bonanza goes on! And we happily oblige, revelling in some gorgeous new releases, some of which will definitely end up on the “Best of 2018" lists of many critics. Surprises, confirmations, re-releases, unexpected collaborations and much more make up this week's playlist full of aural pleasures...

Happy listening!

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

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Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 17-20, 2018

This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music

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This week we explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska.

Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' “So What" inspired Pee ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

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Not Two...But Twenty! Festival
Wlen, Poland
September 21-23, 2018

Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Randy Weston: Brooklyn, Africa e ritorno

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Per ricordare il grande pianista statunitense, riproponiamo un'intervista del 1999 che ripercorre la sua vita e la sua carriera, dalla nascita a Brooklyn agli anni passati in Africa fino alla consacrazione dopo il rientro negli Stati Uniti.

Ogni anno, la facoltà di musica dell'università di Harvard, dedica parte del suo calendario accademico all'analisi ...

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

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Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...