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Bobby Bradford: Live At The Magic Triangle

Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" reviewed by John Sharpe

After the well-received Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016), the arrival of a second outing for the front line of cornetist Bobby Bradford and saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh doesn't come as a surprise. This time out, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Royal Hartigan (who both feature on Modirzadeh's Post Chromodal Out! (Pi Recordings, 2012) replace Mark ...

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Royal Hartigan Honors Ancestors In Free Concert, May 5 In Pittsfield

Royal Hartigan Honors Ancestors In Free Concert, May 5 In Pittsfield

Percussionist, author, activist, and Pittsfield (Mass.) native Royal Hartigan brings the Blood Drum Spirit ensemble to his home town, to honor his (and our) ancestors on Sunday, May 5, at 3 pm. The concert will take place at the Zion Lutheran Church at 74 First Street, Pittsfield. A free will offering is suggested and all proceeds from ...

David Bindman Ensemble: Sunset Park Polyphony

Read "Sunset Park Polyphony" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jazz is at the forefront of the cultural renewal taking place in Brooklyn, and saxophonist David Bindman has been a quiet but leading force in that movement. Sunset Park Polyphony brings together members of the stellar quartet that last recorded under the leadership of percussionist Royal Hartigan on Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in ...

David Lopato: Many Moons

Read "Many Moons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist/composer, David Lopato's long career has included turns with prominent players in the fields of avant-garde jazz and classical, world music, theater, free improvisation and modern jazz. In particular, he has done outstanding jazz work with Gerry Hemingway, David Mott, Wadada Leo Smith and Joe Lovano. Given the wide and varied circles Lopato travels in, it ...

Royal Hartigan: Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in China

Read "Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in China" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Recorded on Beijing, Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live in China is the third of a trilogy, but includes changes from the original studio namesake. Guitarist Kevin McNeal is replaced by pianist Art Hirahara, giving the quartet a bit more punch. The first Blood Drum Spirit (Innova, 2004) entry consisted almost entirely of original compositions, ...

Royal Hartigan: Ancestors

Read "Ancestors" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On paper, combining the musical influences of West Africa, America and Asia can appear a bit overwhelming. That's not the case at all on Royal Hartigan's Ancestors. The pianist/percussionist's trilogy--Blood Drum Spirit (Innova, 2004), Blood Drum Spirit Live in China (Innov a, 2008), and now Ancestors--reflects a universal viewpoint without being neatly categorized as world music. ...

Royal Hartigan: Blood Drum Spirit

Read "Blood Drum Spirit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Good things sometimes fly under the radar; sometimes they are great things. This has never been more the case than with Royal Hartigans's Blood Drum Spirit, a jazz masterpiece that has languished in obscurity since its 1993 recording to its eventual 2004 release.

It remains largely unrecognized six years later. Jazz, especially in the US, can ...