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Jerusalem In My Heart: Daqa'iq Tudaiq

Read "Daqa'iq Tudaiq" reviewed by James Fleming

In a thrilling juxtaposition, the record's jagged synthesisers clash with its rolling rhythms. As the beats' hypnotic loops lure in the unwary the electronics buzz and chatter like insects at sundown. The swarming, shimmering sounds of evening's approach. On Daqa'iq Tudaiq (Constellation Records, 2018) Jerusalem In My Heart hold the avant-garde up to the Arabian twilight. ...


Sonny Stitt: Tune-Up!

Sonny Stitt: Tune-Up!

Back in 1971, when I began to listen steadily to jazz, I was nuts about an album that had come out that year by Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons called You Talk That Talk. I was a freshman in high school and had taken up the tenor saxophone, an instrument that was much cooler to tote ...


Fareed Haque, Ted Sirota And Others At Constellation, April 22, For Fundraiser

Fareed Haque, Ted Sirota And Others At Constellation, April 22, For Fundraiser

Some of Chicago’s finest jazz, classical, blues and world musicians come together to make a joyful noise against the fascist agenda of the Trump/Pence regime. All proceeds will go to fund actions and publicity for Refuse Fascism. Fareed Haque / Goran Ivanovich Duo George Flynn with Cory Tiffin & Leila Bowie Juli Wood Trio with Dan DeLorenzo & Mike ...


Quinsin Nachoff's Flux at Constellation

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Flux at Constellation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux Quartet
Chicago, IL
November 16, 2016

Chicago's Constellation, the city's premier venue for innovative music, hosted composer and tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff and his Flux quartet. The intense and stimulating recital, in the intimate space, captivated the small and attentive audience for close to 2 hours.

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...


Gypsophilia: Constellation

Read "Constellation" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo l'album d'esordio Sa-ba-da-OW! i Gypsophilia tornano con Constellation e la loro inconfondibile miscela di jazz, folk e sonorità zigane. Si parte dal brano “Zachary's Czardas" in cui troviamo atmosfere folk tipiche ungheresi grazie al violino di Gina Burgess e alla tromba di Matt Myer che supportati da una ritmica sostenuta vivacizzano il pezzo. In “Skirmish" l'uso del piano Rhodes ...


Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Read "New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Colin Stetson's New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges evokes the quote by cowboy philosopher and former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also ...


Matana Roberts: The Chicago Project

Read "The Chicago Project" reviewed by Matthew Miller

Anyone who has ever seen Matana Roberts live knows the intensity and devotion that go into her music. The saxophonist rarely speaks before a Performance; the crowd enters and, from the moment the first note is sounded, a focused intensity pervades the room. This devotional quality carries over into her diverse catalogue as a leader, imbuing ...