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Content by tag "Florence Wetzel"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Strother: Azul

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Azul is an aural meditation by electric violinist David Strother that covers a wide swathe of emotions and delves fearlessly into the human condition. The word azul means “blue" in Spanish, and indeed the songs explore many shades of this emotional color. The blues also refer to loss: during the editing and mixing phases of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

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In multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle's insightful blog, “That Fat Eb Feels Mahogany to Me," he discusses a challenge shared by many jazz musicians: “With people doing more and more repertoire projects to get work and for sheer love of that artist, I have been thinking about ways to explore the relationships between the kings without doing a ...

The Snobs: Ekho’s Wheeling in Thespiae

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The Snobs are a wildly talented art-rock duo hailing from France. Mad Rabbit and Duck Feeling are brothers who have released ten innovative recordings, including the excellent Massive Liquidity (Bam Balam, 2011), which features the poetry and performance of the peerless Steve Dalachinsky. On their release Ekho's Wheeling in Thespiae, their music is, as always, a ...

Alex LoRe Trio: Dream House

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Dream House is the excellent debut release by the Alex LoRe Trio, nearly an hour of beautiful music from LoRe on alto sax, Desmond White on bass, and Colin Stranahan on drums. LoRe hails from Florida, and in addition to formal studies at New England Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, he's worked with ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans

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Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans
Matt Sakakeeny
248 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8223-5567-0
Duke University Press
2013

In his fascinating book Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, ethnomusicologist and journalist Matt Sakakeeny delves deep into one of the great institutions ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Don Cherry: Live in Stockholm

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Trumpeter and world-music pioneer Don Cherry had a very special relationship with Sweden, a place he called home for twenty years. And Sweden had a special relationship with Cherry: the country and its musicians recognized the master in their midst, and in 1972 the state-subsidized record company Caprice put out the double album Organic Music Society ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee: Human Encore

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Portugal is one of the most free-jazz friendly countries on the planet, and the innovative Clean Feed label is one of the reasons why. With over two hundred releases thus far, Clean Feed has been documenting the next wave(s) of avant-free music. This includes the mighty Trespass Trio, a powerhouse group of improvisers consisting of Swedish ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika

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Since their founding in 2002, the Cosmosamatics have been one of the most exciting groups in jazz. Spearheaded by twin souls Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus, the band has thus far released nine recordings and one live DVD. Part of the Cosmosamatics' strength lies in their openness to new sounds and players, and over the years ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jorge Sylvester Ace Collective: Spirit Driven

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In a 1967 interview with Jazz & Pop magazine, John Coltrane stated: “I know that there are bad forces, forces put here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the force which is truly for the good." In his lifetime and beyond, Coltrane has inspired artists to infuse ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Jazz Musician's Tarot Deck

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The Jazz Musician's Tarot Deck
Matt Lavelle
55 pages
ISBN: 14186207
Lulu
2013

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle is an artist who loves a challenge. Not content to play one instrument, he plays several: trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and alto clarinet. Looking to expand his creativity, he started blogging a few years ...