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World Saxophone Quartet

World Saxophone Quartet - band/ensemble Originally consisting of saxophonists David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett, the World Saxophone Quartet is one of the finest and most unusual small combos in jazz today. The Quartet began performing as a unit in 1976, inspired by Ed Jordan, head of Music at New Orleans Southern University. Jordan had heard the saxophonists in their individual groups, and hired them to do a show together. "We liked it, and started doing gigs at other colleges," remembers David Murray. Although three of the original members, Hemphill, Lake and Bluiett, knew each other from St.Louis, it was not until this event that they decided to create a group consisting only of four saxophones

Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Oliver Lake, Amir ElSaffar & Tommy Castro

Read "Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, Oliver Lake, Amir ElSaffar & Tommy Castro" reviewed by Martin Longley

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley (le) Poisson Rouge April 3, 2019 Terry Riley and his son Gyan Riley enjoy an ongoing duo performance situation, in a forum where the elder composer places the emphasis on spontaneous improvisation, impromptu sonic texturing and intimate musical dialogue. Catching him in this setting, it's ...

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Macuco Quintet: Friendly Signs

Read "Friendly Signs" reviewed by Don Phipps

The Macuco Quartet's joyful and exuberant Friendly Signs suggests a Brazilian seaside or urban landscape where daylight tropical breezes and palm trees sway over a harbor and waves lap gently along a shore lively with music and dancing. Joel Springer, the composer of all but one of the album's 11 tunes, keeps things on ...

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A tribute to Hamiet Bluiett, and new releases

Read "A tribute to Hamiet Bluiett, and new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A large part of this show features a tribute to the late Hamiet Bluiett, one of the pre-eminent exponents of the baritone saxophone known for his outstanding solo work and a key member of the World Saxophone Quartet. There are also a selection of new releases with some highlights from the ECM back catalogue.

Take Five with Tony Kofi

Read "Take Five with Tony Kofi" reviewed by Tony Kofi

About Tony Kofi A two-time winner of the BBC Jazz Awards among others--Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents who plays alto, baritone, soprano, tenor Saxophone and flute. He cut his teeth in the Jazz Warriors of the early '90s, and went on to establish himself as a musician, teacher ...

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David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard

Read "David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

David Murray and Class Struggle The Village Vanguard New York, NY June 22, 2018 Upon taking the Vanguard stage, Murray broke the night wide open with a hard, slippery solo that had his sextet Class Struggle--featuring the saxophonist's son guitarist Mingus Murray, brotherly rhythm section of bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer ...

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December 2017: Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington

Read "December 2017:  Ronald Shannon Jackson, Gregory Porter, Kamasi Washington" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The holiday season may be behind us, but the Jazz Bastard Podcast keeps rolling on. Here's a look at December's episodes. On podcast 130, we celebrate our fifth anniversary by discussing four recordings by quintets. Rare recordings by Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet evoke Miles Davis' second great quintet for us and ...

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Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a daunting task but a laudable ambition to afford direct tribute to a musician as iconic as Miles Davis and a work of his equal in stature, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). But like the ensembles before them that revisited this bonafide classic, including the World Saxophone Quartet, Lettuce prove up to the task. In fact, ...

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Oliver Lake: Right Up On

Read "Right Up On" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Despite having performed with the Flux Quartet since as long ago as 2002, this is actually the first recording of compositions by saxophonist Oliver Lake featuring the Quartet. Lake himself is a septuagenarian of renown having been a founder member of the World Saxophone Quartet and Trio 3 with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille (whose Time ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year. Wadada Leo Smith America's National Parks (Cuneiform Records) While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes ...


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