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Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers at London Jazz Festival 2013

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Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers: London, England, November 21-23, 2013 Wadada Leo Smith Café Oto London November 21-23, 2013 As part of the London Jazz Festival, over three consecutive evenings, Dalston's Cafe Oto presented the European premiere of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers magnum opus. ...

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Billy Bang: Da Bang!

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Da Bang! is the last studio album recorded by violinist Billy Bang, made just two months before he passed away on April 11, 2011. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009, Bang spoke about the healing power of music during these sessions and how he wanted to give something back to those who inspired and supported him. ...

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27th Havana International Jazz Festival: Havana, Cuba, December 15-18, 2011

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27th Havana International Jazz Festival Havana International Jazz Festival Plaza Havana, Cuba December 15-18, 2011 [Note: This is the second of a series of articles reporting on concerts and other activities that took place, as well as profiles of Cuban musicians who took part.] The Havana International Jazz Festival ...

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FAB Trio: History of Jazz In Reverse

Read "History of Jazz In Reverse" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Jazz violin, for some, is an acquired taste. Perhaps this has more to do with the instrument's dominant role in Western classical music, more than anything else, but there's something very naked and vocal about the sound of a violin--much like the saxophone, it calls forth all sorts of intense emotions. Billy Bang, who died in ...

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FAB Trio: History of Jazz in Reverse

Read "History of Jazz in Reverse" reviewed by Troy Collins

The late Billy Bang (1947-2011) will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the great jazz violinists. On his chosen instrument, Bang was a true innovator--a singular prodigy whose diverse experiences ranged from a brief tenure in Sun Ra's Arkestra to co-founding the groundbreaking String Trio of New York in 1977. In addition to leading his own ...

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The String Trio of New York: The River of Orion: 30 Years Running

Read "The River of Orion: 30 Years Running" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

The String Trio of New York (STNY) started in 1977 with John Lindberg (bass), James Emery (guitar) and Billy Bang (violin). Lindberg and Emery have been constant while there have been a number of violinists since Bang left in 1986: Charles Burnham, Regina Carter and Diane Monroe. Now with violinist Rob Thomas, they may have their ...

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String Trio of New York: The River of Orion: 30 Years Running

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Established in 1979 with the Black Saint album First String, featuring Billy Bang manning the violin chair, the revered band String Trio of New York celebrates its 30-year anniversary with the impressionable effort, The River of Orion: 30 Years Running. Over the years, the trio has invited guest artists, such as saxophonist Oliver Lake and pianist ...

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String Trio of New York: The River of Orion: 30 Years Running

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Come allude il titolo, lo String Trio of New York celebra con questo nuovo lavoro tre decenni d'attività professionale, caratterizzata da un nutrito numero di dischi (siamo a quota diciassette) e dalla costante mobilità di un componente dell'organico, il violinista. Dopo Billy Bang, Charles Burnham (anni Ottanta), Regina Carter e Diane Monroe (anni Novanta), dagli inizi ...

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String Trio of New York: Frozen Ropes (with Oliver Lake)

Read "Frozen Ropes (with Oliver Lake)" reviewed by Troy Collins

The venerable String Trio of New York, founded in 1977, is one of the jazz world's longest running avant-chamber ensembles. Co-founding guitarist James Emery and bassist John Lindberg, along with the group's most recent addition, violinist Rob Thomas, continue to balance stunning virtuosity with free-form expressionism. Featuring iconic alto saxophonist Oliver Lake as a guest artist, ...

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String Trio of New York: Frozen Ropes (with Oliver Lake)

Read "Frozen Ropes (with Oliver Lake)" reviewed by David Adler

On occasion, the String Trio of New York (guitarist James Emery, bassist John Lindberg, and violinist Rob Thomas) has worked with special guests, including pianist Anthony Davis and vocalist Jay Clayton. Frozen Ropes, with altoist Oliver Lake, is a worthy and concise addition to the group's catalog. These five selections total just over 46 minutes. The ...


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