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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

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Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners will celebrate John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with nine days of FREE events. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016. One of the most important artists of the 20th century was our neighbor. He walked among us. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition

Read "Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Is there such a thing as a Chicago sound? Back in the year 2000, a compilation was released that tried to portray a new and exciting musical scene. The album was called Chicago 2018... It's Gonna Change and it highlighted a brilliant mixture of free jazz, electronica, post-rock, art pop and experimental folk music. Of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sonic Communion: Sonic Communion

Read "Sonic Communion" reviewed by John Sharpe

In one of the more appropriately titled releases, three French improvisers encounter two Americans in concert, captured during a short tour of France. Heading up the US contingent is underexposed AACM stalwart reedman Douglas Ewart, accompanied by another Windy City denizen in drummer Michael Zerang. Bassists Joelle Leandre and Bernard Santacruz thicken the ensemble sound, while ...

AACM - The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music

Read "AACM - The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The Association of the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) was created 50 years ago in jny: Chicago to give voice to adventurous African American musicians and to express the political turmoil of the era. As this is the anniversary year of this revolutionary collective here are ten essential classic AACM recordings that belong in any collection, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two Simultaneous Jon Irabagon Releases: Quartet & Solo

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon has worked in a wide variety of settings, including Mostly Other People Do The Killing, the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, and the Dave Douglas Quintet. For the 2015 release on his own Irabbagast Records label he released two records on the same day: Behind the Sky, with his quartet plus ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

ECM: A Cultural Archeology

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ECM: A Cultural Archeology
Haus der Kunst
München, Germany
November 23, 2012-February 10, 2013

A trip to München (Munich) is a bit like a pilgrimage for fans of Germany's ECM label, especially right now, with the city's Haus der Kunst hosting a three-month exhibition, ECM: A Cultural Archeology, celebrating the music of this nearly 44 ...