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Charles McPherson: The Man and His Muse

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Acclaimed alto saxophone wizard Charles McPherson has a new muse: his 25-year-old daughter Camille, a premier dancer with the San Diego Ballet, where he also serves as composer-in-residence these days. McPherson was a young father in his twenties, with three children from a first marriage. Thirty years up the road, after marrying the lovely Lynn, a ...

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz

Read "The Poetry of Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Benjamin Boone's The Poetry Of Jazz could easily have been titled The Jazz of Poetry because of the almost interchangeable nature of the terms. The composer/saxophonist's vision to put music to the U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine's prose is a reminder to listeners that jazz was birthed by the common man, and is not to be ...

Dave Liebman/John Stowell: Petite Fleur: The Music of Sidney Bechet

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Saxophonist Dave Liebman leans “outside" for the most part. He came to a measure of fame in the bands of Miles Davis, during one of the influential trumpeter's decidedly outside periods--the 1970s, when Liebman participated in Davis' On The Corner (Columbia Records, 1972), Dark Magus (CBS-Sony, 1975), and Get Up With It (Columbia, 1977).


Metastasio Jazz 2018

Read "Metastasio Jazz 2018" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Metastasio Jazz 2018
Varie sedi

“Lingue oltre i confini" era il tema attorno al quale si è quest'anno strutturata la rassegna pratese Metastasio Jazz, giunta alla ventitreesima edizione e della quale ci ha parlato Stefano Zenni in una recente intervista. Un tema ben incorniciato dai concerti d'inizio e ...


Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...


Dafnis Prieto: una miscela di culture

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Dafnis Prieto è uno dei massimi batteristi e compositori della sua generazione. 44 anni, nato a Cuba, Prieto è emigrato nel 1999 a New York dove ha iniziato a collaborare con i massimi leader latini (Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Arturo O'Farrill) e con esponenti d'avanguardia come Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman. Dotato di una ...


Federica Michisanti: tra ricerca e introspezione

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La contrabbassista romana Federica Michisanti si è rapidamente affermata come una delle nuove leve meritevoli di grande attenzione. Grazie ad un equilibrio tra immediatezza ed originalità, tra camerismo ed improvvisazione, i suoi progetti sono pieni di spunti fertili e stimolanti. In questa intervista ci parla del suo lavoro mosso tanto da un'ardimentosa ricerca quanto da un'intima ...


Savoy Records: From Newark To The World

Read "Savoy Records: From Newark To The World" reviewed by Jordan Levy

On June 26, 1942, James Petrillo, President of the American Federation of Musicians, the nations union for working musicians did the unthinkable and announced a recording ban on all major labels. The ban was set in place due to perceived uneven compensation for musicians. The AFM ban on recording occurred at a critical time, as it ...


January 2018: Charles McPherson, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker

Read "January 2018:  Charles McPherson, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

January opens with an interview with alto saxophonist, composer, and philosopher Charles McPherson and closes with Pat hosting a one-man show on Duke Ellington's suites.

Episode 132 features a hundred-minute talk with alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, who discusses a formative encounter with Charlie Parker, his time playing in Charles Mingus' band, the lessons he ...


Nduduzo Makhathini: Jazz Is a Shared Memory

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It can be overwhelming to keep up with the artistic growth, creative reach, and constant development that marks the career of Nduduzo Makhathini. In the past four years, he has released eight solo albums, all exploring remarkably different territories and demonstrating a ceaselessly probing mind and inventive creative urge. In addition to that, he has emerged ...