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Faruq Z. Bey

Read "Faruq Z. Bey" reviewed by Wilbur MacKenzie

Throughout the history of jazz, Detroit has produced world-class jazz artists, iconic individualists and ubiquitous sidemen alike. Many have moved to New York or other cities to pursue their career. A handful of great artists remained in Detroit, keeping the creative energy alive there (and consequently Detroit continues to produce incredible talent). One artist who has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwood Improvisers: Journey into the Valley

Read "Journey into the Valley" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Though in the jazz world, Detroit and southern Michigan often get the most credit for producing Hahd bop talents like Kenny Burrell, Tommy Flanagan and the brothers Jones, there has long been a slow-burning fire of free improvisation and creative music tapping into the Motor City's pulse. Reedmen Faruq Z. Bey and Skeeter Shelton, both onetime ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 3rd Annual Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music

The 3rd Annual Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music

Bohemian National Home and New Detroit Sounds is proud to present The 3rd Annual Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music on May 30 & 31 at Bohemian National Home in Detroit. This two day festival showcases the finest in free jazz, improvisation and new music from around the world and right here in Detroit. In addition, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers: Auzar

Read "Auzar" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey's third Entropy release finds him returning to a three-horn lineup for the first time since his days with Griot Galaxy. Working a stylistic vein that would have fit '60's Impulse! with their bass-driven, Afro-centric, imaginative ardent songs to the sacred, Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers work from compositions, cues, and inspiration. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers: Auzar

Read "Auzar" reviewed by Paul Olson

Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey's third release with the Northwoods Improvisers, Auzar , may be their best collaboration yet; certainly, it benefits from the addition of fellow Detroiters Mike Carey (on bass clarinet and tenor sax) and Skeeter Shelton (on tenor). These three are ably supported by the core Improvisers lineup of Mike Gilmore on vibes ...


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