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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 ...

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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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is no stranger to plugged-in performance. Like Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, his musical systems prove just as applicable to electronic as to all-acoustic environments. Indeed one of Smith's earliest such immersions was Yo Miles! inspired by Miles' 1970s guitar shredding bands. Multiple electric strings have also formed an integral part of ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...

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Karl Van Deun & Ruben Machtelinckx: Shapes

Read "Shapes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In spite of his young age, Belgian guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx has already traversed a wide spectrum of musical expressions, and yet, while the textures are different, his records share a certain lyrical sensibility and the quality of dwelling in the moment.

On Shapes, Machtelinckx joins his former teacher Karl Van Deun to play ...

Arnold Ludvig Sextet: Iceland

Read "Iceland" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Situated in the North Atlantic, roughly equidistant from Scotland, Norway, and Iceland, the Faeroe Islands are one of the last places one would expect to find a thriving international jazz scene populated with world-class improvisers and a record label dedicated to documenting all of the action. Tutl Records, founded in 1977 by the Danish jazz musician ...

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The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall

The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall

Presenting 22 Guitarists, New Podcast Featuring Nels Cline, Plus Masterclasses @ Spectrum The 2015 AGS will feature 22 Guitarists!: Ben Monder, Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Lee Ranaldo, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Doug Wamble, Adam Levy, Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson, Anders Nilsson, Aaron Dugan, Marco Cappelli, Gyan Riley, David Fiuczynski, Prasanna, Ava ...

Take Five With Simon Spang-Hanssen

Read "Take Five With Simon Spang-Hanssen" reviewed by Simon Spang-Hanssen

Meet Simon Spang-Hanssen:

First concerts in 1976 with John Tchicai and Strange Brothers, later also with Ben Besiakov, Jesper Lundgaard, Alex Riel, New Jungle Orchestra, Jan Kaspersen, Mozar Terra, Doug Raney.

In Paris, from 1985-98: Orchestra National de Jazz, Denis Badault, Andy Emler, Nguyên Lê, Quintet Moutin, Ramuntcho Matta, Edouard Ferlet.

Since 1998, ...

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Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity

Read "Clarity" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo album del chitarrista Michael Gregory Jackson fu registrato nel 1976, un peridodo particolarmente intenso per il giovane musicista, nato nel 1953 nel Connecticut. Jackson sembrava essere il nuovo eroe della chitarra jazz, soprattutto per la sua partecipazione al disco Holding Together di Oliver Lake, oltre che per la sua presenza nella bella serie dal vivo denominata Wildflowers: The New ...