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Peter Davenport: Bolide

Read "Bolide" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Peter Davenport's Bolide is the sort of album that often flies completely under the radar. It's what record collectors call a private issue; completely self-produced, self-distributed and available on a very small scale; generally only through the artist. Nevertheless, Bolide is a worthwhile listening experience. While not a familiar name to me prior to hearing this ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

Angel City Jazz Festival Kicks Off 2 Weeks Of Music

This weekend the 7th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival opens in jny: Los Angeles. Rocco Somazzi founded the festival in order to present non-commercial jazz to an LA audience which had scant exposure to music from the more adventurous end of the jazz spectrum. Back in 2008, 13 different bands, highlighted by the inimitable alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, performed on ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within

Read "Mike Nock: Making Music Flow from the River Within" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It almost seems as if there's no other place on earth like it. New Zealand is truly breathtaking, with its diverse geography of mountains, beaches, green plains and forests forming a complex triptych where different strains of nature melt into a sublime scenario. And then there there's the water, the ever-flowing source of life, finding its ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse! Records Introduces Newest Batch in 2-on-1 Series from Legendary Impulse! Artists

Impulse!/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) recently introduced the second batch of its 2-On-1 series. Each CD features two classic albums from some of Impulse! Records' legendary jazz and blues artists. Included in this first batch are releases from Alice Coltrane, Blue Mitchell, Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Howard Roberts, John Handy, Keith Jarrett, Marion ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Pharoah Sanders: Thembi

Read "Pharoah Sanders: Thembi" reviewed by Chris May

Pharoah Sanders

Thembi

Impulse!

1971

It is strange that two of the most striking albums made by saxophonist Pharoah Sanders during the first flush of late 1960s/early 1970s astral jazz have been so often overlooked in reissue series. Tauhid (Impulse!, 1967)--the recording which launched astral jazz, the style Sanders fashioned ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to Release "Hear My Prayer" October 4

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to Release "Hear My Prayer" October 4

In the quarter-century since its founding, the 60-member Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir has become internationally renowned as one of the premier choirs in the gospel field. Its performances outside the San Francisco Bay Area are relatively rare, however, which makes the release of the OIGC's new CD, Hear My Prayer, all the more reason for celebration. ...

NEWS: EVENT

Michael White Quintet Unit 2 Kicks Off Collaborative Arts Initiative Tour The Arts.mwq With A New Series Beginning September 25

Michael White Quintet Unit 2  Kicks Off Collaborative Arts Initiative Tour The Arts.mwq With A New Series Beginning September 25

SERIES COMBINES LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES, PRESENTATIONS BY VISUAL ARTISTS, AND EXHIBITIONS AT THE CROATIAN CULTURAL CENTER OF GREATER LOS ANGELES SEPTEMBER 25, OCTOBER 1, AND OCTOBER 8 Los Angeles, CA—The award-winning Michael White Quintet UNIT2 inaugurates their new initiative, tour the ARTS.MWQ, with a weekly series running Saturday, September 25 through Sunday, October 8 at the Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ron McClure: Lookout Farms and New Moons

Read "Ron McClure: Lookout Farms and New Moons" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Bassist Ron McClure has a practical philosophy about what he does. “Making music begins with doing your job," he says. “It's nice if you can be a hot soloist, but do your job first and do it well." These are words that the bassist has lived by for over 40 years in the jazz music business. ...

Marion Meadows: Secrets

Read "Secrets" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Regardless of the genre, an acoustic drum kit generally makes for a better sound than an electronic program. However, when the latter is done well, the difference can be staggering. That's one factor that makes Marion Meadows' Secrets function.

Meadows began playing saxophone at age eight. His studies led him to appreciate such ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael White: Voices

Read "Voices" reviewed by John Kelman

Though the violin is a relatively rare instrument in jazz, it's still a wonder that Michael White isn't better known. First coming to prominence with the early fusion group The Fourth Way--also featuring the equally underrated pianist Mike Nock--White recorded a handful of records for Impulse! in the early 1970s, including one bona fide classic, The ...