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Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition

Read "Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition" reviewed by John Kelman

With drummer/keyboardist Jack DeJohnette entering his eighth decade on planet earth, he's managed to accomplish what few other drummers have. Recipient of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award, there are few jazz drummer s alive today who can cite as many recordings as the Chicago-born DeJohnette can, nor are there many who have been on such ...

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Umberto Petrin / Pheeroan akLaaf Duo: Clusone, Italy, July 21, 2012

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Umberto Petrin / Pheeroan akLaff Duo
Clusone Jazz Festival
Mons Theater
Clusone, Italy

July 21, 2012

A premier performance by the piano-drum duo of Umberto Petrin and Pheeroan akLaff opened the first set on Saturday night at the 32nd annual Clusone Jazz Festival near Bergamo, Italy. Their music provided much more than the stereotypical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Julius Hemphill: Dogon A.D.

Read "Dogon A.D." reviewed by Troy Collins

Dogon A.D. has long been revered as a classic among jazz connoisseurs; Julius Hemphill's relatively obscure but highly influential debut is widely considered the missing link between the avant-garde and populist forms such as blues, funk and soul. The 1972 recording session for this historic masterpiece originally produced four unique compositions, but Hemphill only issued three ...

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Tim Berne: Insomnia

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Recorded in the summer of 1997, the previously unreleased Insomnia offers an expanded variation of composer/saxophonist Tim Berne's critically lauded 1990s quartet, Bloodcount. The group, which featured Berne (on alto and baritone saxophones), tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Jim Black, was widely revered for its ability to fashion dramatic opuses that seamlessly ...

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Tim Berne: Insomnia

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Tim Berne

Insomnia

Clean Feed

2011

In the medical world, a blood count is a clinical tool, a method of aggregating data in order to make a diagnosis. In short, it's a way of picturing the lay of the land and from there determining the best path forward. Alto saxophonist Tim ...

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Baikida Carroll: Marionettes On A High Wire

Read "Marionettes On A High Wire" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Perhaps not as well-known as others who share similar faculties, trumpeter Baikida Carroll has earned respect and accolades for years, while performing with the late, great saxophonist/composer Julius Hemphill, pianist Jay McShann, bassist Charlie Haden and many others of note. However, Carroll’s expertise also lies within his multifarious approach to composition amid countless scores for Broadway. ...