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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arthur Williams: Forgiveness Suite

Read "Forgiveness Suite" reviewed by John Sharpe

Forgiveness Suite belatedly constitutes trumpeter Arthur Williams' first leadership date. A mysterious and troubled soul who flew below the radar, even within free jazz circles, Williams surfaced on a handful of albums in the 1970s and 80s before dropping from view not long after. His most notable appearances are documented on saxophonist Frank Lowe's Lowe And ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Kuhn: No Coming, No Going – The Music of Peter Kuhn 1978-1979

Read "No Coming, No Going – The Music of Peter Kuhn 1978-1979" reviewed by John Sharpe

In No Coming No Going, the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint has unearthed a real gem, as part of its continuing exhumation of the New York 1970s loft scene. Reedman Peter Kuhn was a minor presence during the latter half of the decade, releasing three discs under his own leadership, and appearing on dates by Frank Lowe and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

Read "Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and--if you include the bass clarinet--Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Process: The Process

Read "The Process" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The Process is like a radioactive atom that centers and orbits around the futuristic power trio of bassist Bill Laswell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Jon Batiste, the latest in his family's longstanding line of New Orleans keyboard visionaries.

“The original idea was to film unfamiliar musicians playing together in a ...

Checking in from Global Outposts

Read "Checking in from Global Outposts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Atlas Maior
Palindrome
Self Produced
2014

Open the package for Atlas Maior's debut CD and here's the first line you read: “Palindrome was completely improvised and recorded live with no overdubs." How you respond to these words will greatly shape how you respond to this music.

A ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Karl Latham / Ryan Carniaux / Mark Egan: Constellations

Read "Constellations" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

If you happened to be in vitro fed Isao Tomita during your pre-personage, you're going to recognise Karl Latham's Constellations electronica subliminally--regardless any jazz/Bjork connections. 70's Japanese synth/horn, space music trembling has that tendency to unhinge a certain primeval magic. Space music in the 21st Century has less artefacts than the 70s first steppers, and more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Søren Bebe / Jakob Buchanan / Kasper Tagel: Gone

Read "Gone" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

It would be good if more non-jazzers under the age of 90 could also appreciate how little hardship there is in being totally absorbed by original music from a group like BeBuTa. Gone , from pianist Søren Bebe's trio plus guests is a real swell of reactions and contemplations that makes life feel a little less ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell: The Process

Read "The Process" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If anybody saw this coming, they must to be clairvoyant. The Process brings together drummer Chad Smith, the hard-hitting, groove-making force that drives the Red Hot Chili Peppers, pianist Jon Batiste, the oft-cheery personality who bridges the NOLA-New York divide with his crowd-pleasing, accessible brand of jazz, and bassist-producer Bill Laswell, a prolific, genre-blind force with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jon Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell - M.O.D. Technologies Releases Collaboration Of Three Outstanding Musical Voices, The Process.

Jon Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell - M.O.D. Technologies Releases Collaboration Of Three Outstanding Musical Voices, The Process.

Transformative pianist and uplifting young visionary from jny: New York City via New Orleans – Jon Batiste, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer – Chad Smith and legendary bassist / producer – Bill Laswell, detonate avant-funk, African styles, electric Miles Davis, Meters, Mutant Hip Hop, Ginger Baker…and more, on their album called The Process. A sonic / ...