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The Creative Music Improvisers Forum: New Haven's AACM

Read "The Creative Music Improvisers Forum: New Haven's AACM" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero

The late 1960s through the 1970s and '80s were difficult years for jazz and jazz-derived improvised music, but they were also years that saw musicians--by necessity--respond to these difficulties with creative solutions. With first the rise and then the commercial dominance during those years of rock music and the corresponding eclipse of jazz, creative musicians in ...

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Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet: WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW

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A guitarist with a prodigious recorded legacy and an omnivorous stylistic range, Michael Gregory Jackson's return to his avant-jazz roots during the past couple of decades has been a welcome, if under-recognized, development. While he cut his teeth in the '70s loft scene in the company of luminaries such as Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Julius ...

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10³²K: The Law of Vibration

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This is where the laws of physics meet the laws of the universe. The imaginative dynamism that marked 10³²K's debut That Which is Planted (Passin' Thru Records, 2014) is taken to another level on their new release The Law of Vibration. The trio of trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, bassist Kevin Ray and percussionist Andrew Drury are joined ...

Meet Luis Torregrosa

Read "Meet Luis Torregrosa" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Dr. Luis Torregrosa has been a Super Fan for as long as he can remember; you could even say his love of music is no less than a calling. Based in Trenton, MI (our first Super Fan outside of New York!), Luis has spent the last 45 years of his life not only enjoying the music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown / In The Tradition / Illusions / Blythe Spirit

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Jazz-reissues are important because they help to write and rewrite jazz-history. Through reissues, the prominence of an artist is maintained and the canon is confirmed, but it can also be questioned and corrected. A double-disc from the excellent reissue label, BGO, brings four key records from leader and alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, back into circulation. The ...

Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed: Artifacts

Read "Artifacts" reviewed by Vic Albani

I figli crescono.

Terza generazione della mai troppo celebrata AACM chicagoana, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid e Mike Reed danno alle stampe un interessantissimo CD che è già stato votato da molte testate specializzate quale uno dei migliori, se non il migliore disco di jazz dello scorso anno.

Artifacts è innanzitutto ...

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Something old, something new, something reissued, something Brötzmann blew.

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Can the entire history of a musical genre be encoded in one man's DNA? If that is possible, then reading the DeoxyriboNucleic Acid molecules in saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's body would yield all the information a musical scientist studying the development of free jazz would require. Since the 1960s, he has been in the center of the ...

AACM - The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music

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The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) was created 50 years ago in jny: Chicago to give voice to adventurous African American musicians and to express the political turmoil of the era. As this is the anniversary year of this revolutionary collective here are ten essential classic AACM recordings that belong in any collection, ...

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Gavin Templeton Trio: Some Spinning, Some At Rest

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LA alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton's sophomore release as a leader, Some Spinning, Some At Rest represents the values of composition and free-improvising with equal fervor and expertise, and alongside double-bassist Richard Giddens and drummer Gene Coye, Mr. Templeton has documented one of the finest saxophone trio recordings in recent memory.

Templeton's soulful, ...

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Henry Threadgill: Very Very Threadgill 2014

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Henry Threadgill
Harlem Stage Gate House
Very Very Threadgill
New York, NY
September 27-28, 2014

Henry Threadgill isn't one to repeat himself. In nearly 40 years of recording, he's only repeated a few compositions. So why would a retrospective of his work by a mere recapitulation? Very Very Threadgill--held ...