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Sun Ra and His Space Arkestra: What Planet Is This?

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It is appropriate that this double album is being released by Leo Records' Golden Years imprint. Recorded in New York in July, 1973, it features as large an Arkestra as any that Sun Ra put together and includes all of his key collaborators. What Planet Is This? comes from the crucial period when Sun Ra had ...

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Vladimir Rezitsky/Jazz Group Arkhangelsk - Orkestrion - Mikhail Chekalin - Petras Vysniauskas - Ganelin/Vysniauskas/Talas: Golden Years of the Soviet New Jazz - Volume II

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This nicely structured collection represents the second of two recently issued 4-CD sets of what has been coined: “Soviet New Jazz.” And while some folks might assume that these are strictly novelty items, that notion does not apply here. Deeply entrenched in classical music, many Russians have exhibited a keen interest in jazz and pop throughout ...

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The Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Live In Milano

Read "Live In Milano" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This outing was originally issued as a bootleg LP ( Among the People ) amid some disagreements between the band and the producer, yet all concerns have since made amends as Live In Milano is officially released for the first time. The opening piece, “Tutankhamun," is an eighteen-minute extravaganza featuring Malachi Favors Magoustous's prominently conveyed walking ...

The Ganelin Trio: Strictly for our Friends

Read "Strictly for our Friends" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Evolutionary biologists fret constantly about the long-term consequences of isolation. The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands and the mutant flowers of Hawaii provide two examples where species have run rampant in isolation. In this era of immediate communication and internet accessibility, one often forgets that music has also undergone similar experiences. Political forces, driven by ...

Famoudou Don Moye/John Tchicai/Hartmut Geerken: The African Tapes

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One of music's most amazing powers is its ability to tell a story. In the case of The African Tapes, three musicians lived an incredible story and transformed the experience into a narrative of pure sound. Lengthy negotiations with various foreign ministries and embassies gave fruit in 1985 as the trio of Moye, Tchicai, and Geerken ...

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Sergey Kuryokhin: The Ways of Freedom

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In the darkest hour of the Cold War, pianist Sergey Kuryokhin sought every opportunity to uncover the contraband ideas of Western music and incorporate them into his own playing. His day job consisted of playing piano accompaniment twice weekly for a girls' gymnastic class. The rest of the time, Kuryokhin worked at the piano to define ...

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Anthony Braxton: Composition No.94 For Three Instrumentalists (1980)

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The folks at Leo Records remind us that “new jazz”, “free-jazz” or “new music” is over 40 years old as they approach their 20th anniversary as a fine, cutting-edge label often featuring old and new talent. Here, on their newly launched “Golden Years of New Jazz” label, we celebrate the first of four new releases, with ...