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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eli Wallace: Barriers

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Eli Wallace is best known as the keyboard half of the piano/drum improvising duo Dialectical Imagination with Rob Pumpelly. Listeners familiar with Wallace's work in that setting and with the trio Cataclysmic Commentary, with tenor saxophonist Ben Cohen and Dave Miller on drums, know that Wallace is not averse to swimming against the current. The California ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joachim Kuhn: Melodic Ornette Coleman: Piano Works XIII

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Reportedly, Ornette Coleman did not have a great affinity for pianists, but it was the instrument--rather than the musicians--that put Coleman off. As an innovator in free jazz, Coleman found the chordal instrument too intrusive and preferred a more sympathetic bass/soloist interaction. Coleman did record with pianists Geri Allen and Paul Bley, but he established a ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

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"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dr. Mark Lomax, II: 400: An Afrikan Epic

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The origins of the continent's name are not clear, but in the language of most of its inhabitants, the spelling is Afrika. The colonizers from Portugal, Britain and France adulterated the spelling for uniformity to their own phonics beginning in the fifteenth century, as they launched the cultural marginalizing of tens of millions. Dr. Mark Lomax ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love

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Like several exceptional modern era composers from Ornette Coleman to John Zorn to Tyshawn Sorey, the “jazz" appellation has only anecdotal application to the latter-day calling of Wadada Leo Smith as a composer. On his previous Cuneiform releases Ten Freedom Summers (2012) and America's National Parks (2016), Smith worked with an ear toward confronting injustice and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature

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In the period of 2017-2018, the leading avant-garde and free jazz pianist Matthew Shipp performed and recorded in a variety of small group settings. Often, he was paired with reed players such as Allen Lowe, Mat Walerian, Daniel Carter, Roscoe Mitchell and on an astounding dozen albums with Ivo Perelman. But it is in solo piano ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Palmer: Fair Weather

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Newvelle Records co-founder, the pianist Elan Mehler is familiar with one of Boston's few long-time, dedicated jazz clubs, Wally's. As he explains in the liner notes for Fair Weather, the club is where trumpeter and North Carolina native Jason Palmer was leading a band for nearly two decades. Palmer has played with leading talents such as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe: Imagine Meeting You Here

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On the heels of a monthly release year, celebrating her sixtieth birthday, Satoko Fujii takes no break as she dives into a new year. Imagine Meeting You Here is a five-part suite for Fujii's improvising Orchestra Kobe. The compositions are by pianist Alister Spence, who acts as producer and conductor of the fifteen-member ensemble. The suite ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

After The Fall
Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 13, 2018

Music ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Articles: 2018

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Interviews
Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 16, 2018

History of Jazz
Monk's Trumpets
by Matt ...