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Infinite Spirit Music: Live Without Fear

Read "Live Without Fear" reviewed by Chris May

Britain's Jazzman Records has form when it comes to spiritual jazz. Its series Spiritual Jazz: Modal, Esoteric and Deep Jazz, now one release away from its tenth volume, has made accessible again some of the most worthwhile but near-lost African American music of the 1970s. The label also supports modern day British musicians. Stand out home-grown ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Franz Koglmann / Bill Dixon: Opium For Franz

Read "Opium For Franz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This gem of a recording has been a collector's dream prize for decades. Recorded and released in the mid-1970s on flugelhorn/trumpeter Franz Koglmann's Pipe Recordings, each copy of Opium For Franz was issued with an original hand painted cover. Back in the day, we wouldn't speak of a limited issue release, even though this one probably ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marion Brown / Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981

Read "Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981" reviewed by John Sharpe

Once again the Lithuanian NoBusiness team has unearthed a jewel from the archives, this time an unissued live recording by two masters of the 1960s New Thing who thrived thereafter. Alto saxophonist Marion Brown, a participant on John Coltrane's legendary Ascension (Impulse, 1965), and pianist Dave Burrell, a stalwart of Archie Shepp's outfits, combined on a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marion Brown/Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981

Read "Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981" reviewed by Mark Corroto

One of the benefits of our digital music world is the ability to drive deeply into the jazz narrative. By that I mean, preserving the story of important musicians, the ones whose story was omitted from the Ken Burns' CliffsNotes history of jazz. Without a few labels and several producers, musicians like Bobby Naughton, Clifford Thornton, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death.

On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

November Birthday Salutes

Read "November Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's time to celebrate November birthdays! Among the worthies, we also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Phil Woods recording Alive and Well in Paris, which was slated for release on Impulse! in the States, but never released here; there must be a story about this, but I'm in the dark. It is an absolutely stunning ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz 2018

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Enjoy Jazz International Festival for Jazz and More
Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen
October 13-15, 2018

During fall Enjoy Jazz is a major well-established event running through the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar-region (2, 4 million inhabitants) in southwestern Germany, now in its 20th year. Unlike the fast-forward conveyor belt of musical acts at many jazz festivals, ...

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Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings

Read "Universal Beings" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Figlio d'arte--il padre Stephen è stato batterista di Sam Rivers e Archie Shepp, la madre Agnes Zsigmondi è una cantante folk ungherese--Makaya McCraven, nato a Parigi ma cresciuto a Chicago, della Wind City è diventato in breve tempo uno dei musicisti più richiesti. Con la pubblicazione nel 2015 del suo secondo album In the Moment e ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music

Read "A Jazz Lover's guide to Popular Music" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska.

Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' “So What" inspired Pee ...