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Cecil Taylor: Courage in Creation

Read "Cecil Taylor: Courage in Creation" reviewed by Nick Catalano

Ever since innovative artists were faced with reflecting and reacting in their art to seismic events (WWI) revolutionary science (Einsteinian relativity, Darwinian evolution, and political convolution (fascism, bolshevism) over a century ago, many faced years of scorn and condemnation. When they chose abstraction in art (Mondrian, Kandinsky) dissonance in music (Schoenberg, Bartok) or stream of consciousness ...

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Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 (Vinyl box set)

Read "The Complete Lansdowne Recordings 1965-1969 (Vinyl box set)" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Make no mistake, this vinyl box set reissue of the entire EMI Columbia oeuvre of the Rendell Carr Quintet is the British jazz equivalent of resurrecting the Dead Sea Scrolls(*). Although not the first time these ultra rare albums have been reissued (BGO Records obliged fans with these on CD, mostly as two-fers, in 2004) this ...

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Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

Read "Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multiple woodwind-ist Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) is one of the most prominent “What If" guys in jazz. What if he'd lived beyond his 36 years--he died unexpectedly of undiagnosed diabetic complications. What if he'd been able to nurture his distinctive musical vision to a full flowering? What if--like his sometimes co-conspirator, saxophonist John Coltrane in his move ...

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Dialectical Imagination: Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You.

Read "Two Infinitudes; The One You "see" and the One That Is You." reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Improvising artists, Eli Wallace (piano) and Rob Pumpelly (drums) recorded this outing for legendary UK-based jazz/avant-garde/free-improv record label, Leo Records. But they've been involved with free-jazz and other jazz activities for San Francisco Bay Area's, Edgetone Records amid various projects and encounters.

Indeed, the band moniker, Dialectical Imagination, is significant from an opposing forces ...

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Chucho Valdes: Jazz Bata 2

Read "Jazz Bata 2" reviewed by Chris Mosey

With Jazz Bata 2, composer pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdés finally follows up on an experimental album he cut in Cuba in 1972. The subject matter of both records is the folklore and religious beliefs of the Yoruba slaves shipped to the Caribbean between 1770 and 1840.

On Jazz Bata 2 Valdés' piano ...

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Don Byron / Aruán Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)Tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)Tonalities" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two highly accomplished artists--one long-established, the other solidifying his legacy--are brought together on Random Dances And (A)Tonalities. This duo outing features clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron and pianist Aruán Ortiz. The two gifted composers have been playing together, at Ortiz's initial request, since 2014 but in larger ensembles. In late 2017 Byron and Ortiz met in ...

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Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait

Read "Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

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This week we feature an exclusive interview with, and two hours of music by, Idris Ackamoor, the bay area saxophonist who will be making a much-anticipated U.S. tour in the coming days. ...

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Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers

Read "Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Australian drummer Michael Caratti and Spanish-born New York-based guitarist Álvaro Domene founded the record label Iluso in 2013 to release their quartet recording Gran Masa. The pair found they shared similar interests while in school at Middlesex University in London. And why not put out their own music? That way they could control the content and ...

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Winged Serpents: Six Encomiums for Cecil Taylor

Read "Six Encomiums for Cecil Taylor" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The link between the late Cecil Taylor and the members of the Winged Serpents collective is one driven by admiration and inspiration, from a distance, rather than through collaboration. Taylor, in fact, had only shared billing twice in his half-century of recording. The Mary Lou Williams duet Embraced (Pablo, 1977) and Max Roach's 1979 recording of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

Read "Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the ...