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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Free Musics by Jack Wright

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The Free Musics
Jack Wright
316 Pages
ISBN: 1537777246
Spring Garden Music Editions
2017

Saxophonist Jack Wright's first encounter with free jazz occurred in 1967, when a chance meeting with Charlie Haden resulted in Wright's being invited to see Haden play with Ornette Coleman. Wright, who had been a ...

Jack Wright / Ben Wright: as if anything could be the same

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It's only apropos that I am writing this review on Father's Day. As if anything could be the same is a duet album by the father and son team of saxophonist Jack Wright and contrabassist Ben Wright. In the world of improvised music, or non-idiomatic improvised music if one must, Jack Wright is a seminal figure. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joachim Badenhorst: Forest // Mori

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Clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst probably doesn't know who Ray Johnson is, or was. He died 20 years ago. Johnson, the father of Mail Art, created a network of artists and patrons beginning in the1960s through his correspondences. He called them 'correspondances.' His mailings created a worldwide democratic system for art.

Mail Art peaked pre-internet, in ...

Jazz: A Blessed Obsession

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Jazz listeners travel some strange and beautiful paths. It might have all begun with collectors trying to find a legendary Edison cylinder that New Orleans trumpeter Buddy Bolden--some believe to be the very first jazz musician--may (or may not) have recorded in 1904. Fast forward to modern times, a quick scan of eBay and the exorbitant ...

ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet Mark Corroto

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I currently live in: Delaware, Ohio.

I joined All About Jazz in: 1999

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? AAJ has a “No-Snobs" approach to jazz that tolerates both the Wynton neo-moldy figs, my free jazz and avant leanings, fusion, and even some rock.

How do you contribute to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lou Cohen: Opening the Door

Read "Lou Cohen: Opening the Door" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

In his cushy, classy, elegant two-story home just outside of Central Square in Cambridge, MA, Lou Cohen introduces his Symphony 5: from a laptop, jammed together fragments of elegant new music unfold, spaced out so that breath can enter in the interstices... Then the sound of roiling, rolling violins getting impacted: all is mellow and peaceful ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape

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Pianist Matthew Shipp is very keenly attuned to the details and nuances of what has to be the most forlorn and anemic environment imaginable for anything a sensible person would call business. Think of it as the sort of business ecosystem that resembles the least habitable places on earth, say a fumarole at the bottom of ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jack Wright to Perform Thursday, March 8 at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

Jack Wright to Perform Thursday, March 8 at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center

Saxophonist Jack Wright is returning to St. Louis to perform at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center. The free-improvising reedman (and occasional pianist) has played here a number of times since the mid-1990s, both at LNAC and at various venues under the auspices of New Music Circle, but this will be his first ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Cogburn / Bonnie Jones/ Bhob Rainey: Arena Ladridos

Read "Arena Ladridos" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The opening scene in director David Lynch's movie Blue Velvet (1986) shows a placid neighborhood scene of a man watering his lawn. As the camera zooms closer and closer to the grass, the serenity of the landscape is peeled away to reveal a tumultuous battle of tiny insects in a life-and-death struggle that goes on outside ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

John Berndt: Boston, USA, December 1, 2010

Read "John Berndt: Boston, USA, December 1, 2010" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

John Berndt, Joshua Jefferson, Forbes Graham and Flandrew Fleisenberg
Fleisenberg Floft, Fort Point Channel
Boston, MA
December 1, 2010

Alto saxophonist John Berndt of Baltimore, Maryland is a master geometer, and he applies this sensibility to sound. There is a solipsistic quality to his efforts--at work even when he is playing with others--which ...