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NoBusiness Records Begins Sam Rivers Archive Series With A Previously Unreleased Trio Recording From 1971

NoBusiness Records Begins Sam Rivers Archive Series With A Previously Unreleased Trio Recording From 1971

NoBusiness Records launches its Sam Rivers Archive Series with Emanation (NBCD 118), a previously unreleased performance by the Sam Rivers trio featuring bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Norman Connors recorded at Boston’s Jazz Workshop in 1971. Produced with the full cooperation of the late composer-improviser’s daughter, Monique Rivers Williams, and the Sam Rivers Estate, the series will ...

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Wadada Leo Smith / Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation

Read "Burning Meditation" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Japanese concept of ma—a celebration of the space between things—is one to which trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith can readily subscribe. Space and silence are as important as sound in his conception. The weight given to the pauses between phrases stands out on this live recording from 1994 with Japanese drummer Sabu Toyozumi, which forms another ...

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Howard Riley: Live In The USA

Read "Live In The USA" reviewed by John Sharpe

This archival issue should further bolster British pianist Howard Riley's place among the top rank. Riley first came to prominence with the advent of his pioneering trio with bassist Barry Guy and various drummers including Tony Oxley, which extended yet further the egalitarian template first established by Bill Evans and Paul Bley. However Live In the ...

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

Read "Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nell'aprile del 1981 presso la University of Massachusetts Amherst si tenne la Black Music Conference, settimana di concerti, workshop, letture che vide coinvolti studenti, insegnanti musicisti. La serata del dieci aprile prevedeva come apertura il duo Marion Brown e Hilton Ruiz, ma la defezione all'ultimo minuto del pianista di origine portoricana portò sul palcoscenico Dave Burrell, ...

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Bobby Bradford-Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet: Live At The Blue Whale

Read "Live At The Blue Whale" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Bobby Bradford, classe 1934, un passato accanto ad autentici giganti, da Ornette Coleman (in particolare l'epocale Science Fiction, anno di grazia 1971) a John Carter (ripetutamente), tanto per fare solo due nomi, si unisce al più giovane sassofonista Hafez Modirzadeh per dirigere questo pregevole quartetto, nella cui musica (nello specifico ripresa dal vivo nel locale del ...

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Bobby Bradford / Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet: Live At The Blue Whale

Read "Live At The Blue Whale" reviewed by John Sharpe

This is the third album from the fertile pairing of cornetist Bobby Bradford and reedman Hafez Modirzadeh. Each time they have been joined by a different rhythm section: Ken Filiano and Royal Hartigan on Live At The Magic Triangle (NoBusiness, 2017), and Mark Dresser and Alex Cline on Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016). This ...

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Choi Sun Bae: Arirang Fantasy

Read "Arirang Fantasy" reviewed by John Sharpe

A 1995 meeting in Tokyo between Korean and Japanese proponents of the art of free jazz furnishes another entry in the Chap Chap series of improvised encounters issued by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. From Korea, Arirang Fantasy introduces trumpeter Choi Sun Bae, who also features alongside Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki on Kami Fusen (NoBusiness, 2017), and ...

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Liudas Mockūnas: Hydro 2

Read "Hydro 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hydro 2 is water music, but it's not to be confused with the orchestral pieces composed by George Frideric Handel back in the early 18th century. Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockūnas is headed even further back in time, back to some Darwinian vision of evolution from the murky primordial seas, forward to our bipedal momentum. Note: If ...

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Simon Nabatov / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway: Luminous

Read "Luminous" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Simon Nabatov, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Gerry Hemingway share many characteristics. All three serve as outstanding leaders in their own right, but also happen to be superlative improvisers. That latter trait that brings them together for the first time in an egalitarian summit on Luminous. This threesome was one of four new trios convened ...

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Martin Kuchen: Baza

Read "Baza" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Baza Swedish reedman Martin Küchen joins forces with Polish acoustic bass guitarist Rafal Mazur for a seat-of-the-pants duet, recorded live at the titular Krakow club. Issued as a limited edition LP, but also available as a download, the program contains two cuts also named after the venue. While Küchen may be best known for his ...