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Alvin Fielder

To make an impact on the world, a person isn't required to be famous or rich. This is exactly the case with jazz drummer Alvin Fielder. "Al," as he is called by many of his friends, has put all his efforts and skills into bringing jazz music to the 21st century. Yet many people of the world don't recognize him. Fame and fortune is not what Fielder desires. His love goes to the community, friends, and the world; not for money, not to be a star, but to be someone that they can look up to. So after thirty years of hard work, respect for Mr. Fielder is well past due. Alvin Fielder was born in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 23, 1935

ARTICLE: RADIO

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, ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

Read "New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Yells at Eels: In Quiet Waters

Read "In Quiet Waters" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It would seem that trumpeter Dennis González could easily find a place among the better-known artists in jazz were it not for a deep commitment to making generally undefinable music and priorities that include putting his academic and literary responsibilities out front. From the time of his first release as a leader, Air Light (Sleep Sailor) ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2014

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2014" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are eleven new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out from those I heard this year, in no special order. Nicole Mitchell The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson (Rogue Art Records) Sonic Projections must be flautist Nicole Mitchell's hardest blowing band. On their second outing she ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di.... Jeff Albert

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di.... Jeff Albert" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Jason Roebke -High/Red/Center (Delmark -2014). Trovare un buon equilibrio tra forma e libertà in ensemble di medio/grandi dimensioni è veramente difficile. Jason c'è riuscito molto bene in questo disco con alcuni dei miei musicisti preferiti di Chicago. 02. Alvin Fielder/Dave Dove/Jason Jackson/Damon Smith -From-to-From (Balance Point Acoustics -2013). Vi è ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kidd Jordan/Alvin Fielder/Peter Kowald: Trio and Duo in New Orleans

Read "Trio and Duo in New Orleans" reviewed by John Sharpe

Tenor saxophonist Edward Kidd Jordan and drummer Alvin Fielder have been a fixture in their southern outpost for nigh on forty years, but they've rarely been heard to such good effect as on Trio and Duo in New Orleans. This wonderful two CD set brings together music from three separate dates. The first disc (also available ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kidd Jordan / Alvin Fielder /Peter Kowald: Trio and Duo in New Orleans

Read "Trio and Duo in New Orleans" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Eminent avant-garde saxophonist Edward “Kidd" Jordan doesn't venture outside the New Orleans area that often, but like- minded artists will occasionally make the trip to the Big Easy to unite in the studio or for a live date. Such is the case here on this 2-disc set, capturing Jordan in trio and duo settings with late, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...


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