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Jazz Is in the (H)air!

Read "Jazz Is in the (H)air!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Inspired by Head Full of Hair, Heart of Full of Song, Pyeng Threadgill's investigation in music about the role of hair in her life, family, community and throughout the African diaspora, this episode of Mondo Jazz builds a narrative about hair, because --whether it's a braided bun or flowing tendrils --hair has always mirrored the cultural ...

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Slow Poke: At Home [MP 3]

Read "At Home [MP 3]" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La pigra indolenza che marca, sin dall’apertura, questo ottimo At Home del gruppo Slow Poke è un segno indelebile del tipo di approccio che il quartetto ha scelto dal primo momento (e l’indizio principale era già ben evidente nel nome stesso che i musicisti avevano deciso di darsi). Questo album in realtà non era mai uscito ufficialmente. Era una ...

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Slow Poke: At Home

Read "At Home" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Formed at the home of bassist Tony Scherr, Slow Poke--David Tronzo, Michael Blake, Scherr and Kenny Wollesen--play everything slower and funkier. It's an extraordinary idea for a jam band--bring the groove way down and somehow the vibe and energy go way up thanks to the new focus. It certainly helps that all of these guys are ...

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Slow Poke: At Home

Read "At Home" reviewed by Ralph A. Miriello

This re-mastered recording of Tony Scherr's 1998 basement record, Slow Poke At Home , is a joy for those who can appreciate the slow cooked, steamy sound of master musicians plying their trade in a gutsy, simmering, sweetly rhythmic stew of sounds. The label, Palmetto Records, should be applauded for taking a now defunct band and ...

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Slow Poke: At Home

Read "At Home" reviewed by Troy Collins

Slow Poke was a unique band, even among the fertile late nineties Downtown (New York) scene. Gradually warming to neo-classical formalism, various Downtown line-ups began incorporating traditional elements into their compositions, progressively moving beyond their No Wave roots by embracing a more traditional aesthetic. Blending accessible tunefulness with adventurous improvisation, ensembles like Ballin' The Jack, The ...

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Slow Poke: Redemption

Read "Redemption" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

“Slow Poke” is a quartet featuring innovative slide guitarist David Tronzo, multitalented reedman Michael Blake and the equally gifted rhythm section of bassist Tony Scherr and drummer, percussionist Kenny Wolleson. Here, on this rather clever outing titled Redemption, the band gets down, dirty and a bit craggy while conforming to a leisurely gait; hence, - “Slow ...