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Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas: The World Of Captain Beefheart

Read "The World Of Captain Beefheart" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Gary Lucas has been a long time fan of the one-of-a-kind mutant rock-jazz-blues of Captain Beefheart. This led to his being part of Beefheart's Magic Band in the '80s and to his revisiting the music after Beefheart's 1985 retirement in various formats including a raucous jazz tribute band, Fast 'n' Bulbous. This time he goes back ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape

Read "Matthew Shipp: Shipp Shape" reviewed by Chris Rich

Pianist Matthew Shipp is very keenly attuned to the details and nuances of what has to be the most forlorn and anemic environment imaginable for anything a sensible person would call business. Think of it as the sort of business ecosystem that resembles the least habitable places on earth, say a fumarole at the bottom of ...

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Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters: The Ordeal of Civility

Read "The Ordeal of Civility" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Gary Lucas è un chitarrista proteiforme che alterna progetti più sperimentali e etnici con album dove il rock torna prepotentemente a farla da padrone come in questo The Ordeal of Civility pubblicato dalla Knitting Factory Records, una etichetta che sembrava uscita dalla mappa e che invece torna a dare segnali di vitalità. La produzione è affidata a Jerry ...

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Fela Kuti: The Best Of The Black President

Read "The Best Of The Black President" reviewed by Chris May

Twelve years after his death, activity around the legacy of Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti is growing exponentially and the US, finally, is getting in on the act. Choreographer Bill T. Jones' musical, Fela, is to open on Broadway on November 23, 2009, and meanwhile New York's Knitting Factory label has begun a reissue program which will, ...

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John McLaughlin: My Goals Beyond

Read "My Goals Beyond" reviewed by Walter Kolosky

Technically, the acoustic guitar playing on 1970's My Goals Beyond does not approach the skill exhibited on most of John McLaughlin's recordings. Flubbed notes pop up here and there, and although this album is famous for McLaughlin's “solo" renderings of such classic tunes as Mingus' “Good-Bye Pork-Pie Hat," Bill Evans and Miles Davis' “Blue in Green" ...

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Ori Kaplan: Le Magus

Read "Le Magus" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

There's a variety of assumptions to be made from saxophonist Ori Kaplan titling his new CD Le Magus. The suggestion could be that Kaplan is a sorcerer, one of the wise men who traveled to Bethlehem to greet the newborn Jesus or the twisted, manipulative millionaire of the John Fowles novel. In a sense, though, any ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: All Is One - Live in New York City

Read "All Is One - Live in New York City" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The band with a name that seems to be a culmination of random selection is scaled down to a trio now. Recorded live at the Knitting Factory, this album provides a glimpse of pianist Brian Haas’ firebrand approach and the rhythm section’s stinging, jazz-funk and rock beats. Especially when they infuse ravenous improvisational forays with swiftly ...

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Michael Blake: Elevated

Read "Elevated" reviewed by David Adler

Michael Blake opts for a simple quartet aesthetic on this aptly named release. The lineup is a Jazz Composers Collective who’s who: Ben Allison on bass, Frank Kimbrough on piano, Mike Mazor on drums. Some of the tunes will be familiar to those who’ve heard Blake at the Collective’s New York concert series over the last ...

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The Josh Roseman Unit: Cherry

Read "Cherry" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

If you ever wondered whether a musician could transform Elvis Presley's “Don't Be Cruel," into a quasi, calypso-funk groove than stop right here. Well, notions such as these may seem fiendishly theoretical in scope, yet New York City-based trombonist, Josh Roseman's debut solo effort is full of dainty little surprises. Not only he does he pay ...

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Gutbucket: Insomniacs Dream

Read "Insomniacs Dream" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Noted for their vivacious stage shenanigans, this New York City-based jazz/rock/punk quartet also packs a lot of muscle into its repertoire. In fact, notions of the proverbial high school bullies picking on their reticent classmates come to mind. With its freshman release, the instrumentalists’ uncompromising approach to music in general comes to fruition here via a ...