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John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

Read "John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith is one of the few musicians remaining from the original, founding generation of Chicago's legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. But he has hardly rested since; Smith's Ten Freedom Summers (2012, Cuneiform) was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music; in 2017, Smith swept the Downbeat Critics' ...

From Choro to Chaos

Read "From Choro to Chaos" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Berkeley Choro Ensemble The View from Here Self-Produced 2017 Like its organic natural wonders, the music of Brazil seems to flourish in different forms and styles of beauty. But much of its music has grown from the root of choro: Born in the mid-to late-1800s from the joining ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il trombettista Wadada Leo Smith chiama a raccolta i suoi fedelissimi per una nuova scorribanda nei territori dell'emozione, con la sua tromba spiritata che guida il cammino con saggezza e ferma determinazione, tracciando le linee guida attraverso le quali poi tutti i musicisti saranno chiamati a dare il proprio ampio contributo nella tessitura narrativa dei cinque ...

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December 2017: Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington

Read "December 2017:  Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The holiday season may be behind us, but the Jazz Bastard Podcast keeps rolling on. Here's a look at December's episodes. On podcast 130, we celebrate our fifth anniversary by discussing four recordings by quintets. Rare recordings by Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet evoke Miles Davis' second great quintet for us and ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's introductory liner notes to Najwa begin with Muddy Waters, so we'll begin there, too. Wadada Leo Smith was born in 1941, in Leland, Mississippi, around the time Alan Lomax showed up down in Clarksdale, Miss., to record--among many others--McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters. The Lomax field recordings of Waters and ...

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James Blood Ulmer: Baby Talk

Read "Baby Talk" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. Ulmer, who cut his teeth with the soul jazz organists Hank Marr, Larry Young and Big John Patton before collaborating with Ornette Coleman's electric free jazz/funk harmolodic music, expanded upon Coleman's ideas, incorporating rock music with players ...

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Craig Taborn and his multiple motion

Read "Craig Taborn and his multiple motion" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Craig Taborn is among the most creative musicians on today's scene. His music is shaped by a deep intellectual curiosity towards a wide range of artistic forms and sources of knowledge. His technical, stylistic, emotional and mental versatility have allowed him to collaborate with a large range of recognized masters in diverse styles of contemporary jazz. ...

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Il moto multiplo di Craig Taborn

Read "Il moto multiplo di Craig Taborn" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Prima di leggerne le parole precise ed esaurienti nell'intervista, è il caso di ricordare alcune cose di Craig Taborn, pianista quarantasettenne che si colloca ai massimi livelli della scena contemporanea. In primo luogo la sua profonda curiosità intellettuale, che lo porta a un intreccio di interessi nei confronti di forme diverse dell'espressione artistica e della ...

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Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by John Kelman

In Emma Franz's revelatory documentary, Bill Frisell: A Portrait, the guitarist talks about the many guitars he owns, and how he rarely gets to plays them--the consequence, amongst other things, of the plight musicians face when traveling by air these days. Not three months after the film's premiere at South By Southwest this past March, comes ...


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