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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Cecil Taylor: 1929-2018

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As he approached the age of ninety, Cecil Taylor could be excused for some of his indulgences. Still highly opinionated on a range of subjects; still chain smoking, still harboring old resentments, and so on. For a man from whom new ideas sprang constantly and effortlessly, Taylor could get stuck in real-world dramas. He had a ...

Kira Kira: Bright Force

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Pianist Satoko Fujii was playing for the Sydney Improvised Music Association in 2007 when she first crossed paths with composer/keyboardist/effects artist Alister Spence. Kindred spirits in terms of boundless musical interests, their initial collaboration took place in 2008 after their respective groups shared the stage at the Tokyo Jazz Festival. Later that year, the two recorded ...

Frank Enea & The Crooked Hearts: Sunshine In My Head

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Frank Enea's musical resume is deep in diversity and carries some experiences that are definitely out the mainstream. His Makeshift Days (VisionX Records, 2003) was squarely oriented in rock while Hellbound Blues (ACM, 2006) was a solo guitar outing, and true to its title. But the work that Enea is best known for, exists in a ...

Aruán Ortiz Trio with Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Live in Zürich

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Live in Zürich is the twelfth album from Cuban avant-garde composer and pianist Aruán Ortiz. Of those recordings widely available in the US, Ortiz has worked with a variety of group formats. His quartet released Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2013), was followed by a trio outing on Hidden Voices (Intakt Records, 2016) and two successive ...

Tyler Wilcox: Works for Two Chapels

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Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Wilcox authored the two extended pieces on Works for Two Chapels, playing only on the second. The Baltimore native works in a minimalistic style and has an affinity for performing in houses of worship, where the natural acoustics become a partner in his largely improvised compositions. On this recording, Wilcox utilizes ...

Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

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Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...

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All About Jazz Launches Weekly Jazz Trivia Poll on Twitter - #JazzPoll #JazzTrivia

All About Jazz Launches Weekly Jazz Trivia Poll on Twitter - #JazzPoll #JazzTrivia

Senior Contributor Karl Ackermann and your friends at All About Jazz have launched a weekly jazz trivia poll on its Twitter page: https://twitter.com/AllAboutJazz Join the fun, cast your vote, and look for the previous week's correct answer when we launch the new poll every Monday. Search on hashtag: #JazzPoll or #JazzTrivia Have a jazz trivia question to share? ...

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ninety-Nine Years

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Three months and three releases into the Satoko Fujii's sixtieth birthday project, the eclectic composer keeps the mix from her musical arsenal, a varied and intriguing monthly adventure. Ninety-Nine Years follows her 2018 Libra releases Solo and Kaze's Atody Man and here Fujii calls out her larger company of Orchestra Berlin. Of her five distinct orchestras, ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joachim Kuhn: Love & Peace

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The German ACT label achieved global recognition when they issued the Esbjorn Svensson Trio album Viaticum (2005) and they warrant broader discovery by U.S. jazz fans. Though their country's best known label casts a global shadow over its competition, the ACT catalog has included Richie Beirach, Lars Danielsson, Vijay Iyer, Manu Katche, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bugge Wesseltoft, ...