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Thomas Jäderlund Amazing Trio: Plays Jazz

Read "Plays Jazz" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

In questo gradevolissimo CD, il veterano sassofonista svedese Thomas Jäderlund guida il proprio trio alla riscoperta di quattro temi di Ornette Coleman e altrettanti di Charles Mingus. Lui si divide fra il sax alto, su cui sfoggia una bella voce schiettamente ornettiana (appunto), e il sopranino (due soli brani, entrambi di Mingus: “Fables of Faubus" e ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1

Read "Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ecco alcune gemme uscite dagli archivi del Creative Music Studio, l'istituzione fondata nel 1971 da Karl Berger, dalla moglie Ingrid e da Ornette Coleman con lo scopo di realizzare musica senza costrizioni di carattere stilistico o commerciale. Ricordiamo le interessanti considerazioni al riguardo di George Lewis, che nel suo testo A Power Stronger Than Itself. The ...

Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)

Read "Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when leadership roles are being thrust increasingly upon young musicians who may have the chops, the technique and the theory, but not the experience, drummer Paul Motian could be considered a lesson in patience, in waiting for the right time, in holding off for the precise moment of readiness.

It's not that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Harold McNair: Harold McNair / Flute & Nut

Read "Harold McNair: Harold McNair / Flute & Nut" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Harold McNair
Harold McNair / Flute & Nut
Dutton Vocalion
2012 (1968/1969)

The story of Jamaican saxophonist/flautist Harold McNair is one of the great “what-might've-beens" of British jazz. He was, by all accounts, a charming, well-mannered guy with a beautiful sound on tenor, alto and, in particular, on flute, and the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Zankel: Peaceful Jazz Warrior

Read "Bobby Zankel: Peaceful Jazz Warrior" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

For many decades, Philadelphia has been home to a cadre of multi-generational jazz musicians who go on year-after-year composing, arranging and performing some of the best, highest level music to be heard anywhere. This tradition is exemplified in no better way than by alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader Bobby Zankel.

Zankel apprenticed with legendary ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Bradford: Self-Determination in the Great Basin

Read "Bobby Bradford: Self-Determination in the Great Basin" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Born in Cleveland, Mississippi in 1934 and raised between Dallas and Los Angeles, trumpeter Bobby Bradford began playing with Ornette Coleman in Los Angeles in the 1950s, and replaced Don Cherry in an unrecorded Coleman quartet during the early 1960s. However, the most significant partnership in Bradford's musical life was with the clarinetist and composer John ...

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Bobby Bradford: With John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble

Read "Bobby Bradford: With John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Bobby Bradford
With John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Nessa Records
2009

In the instances that European and American improvisers have commingled and produced concerts and recordings, especially in the halcyon days of European free improvisation (the 1970s), a significant number of these situations resulted from expatriation. And it's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bill Dixon: In Medias Res

Read "Bill Dixon: In Medias Res" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon is one of those rare figures in creative music who was both there as it took its initial steps and currently remains at the forefront of contemporary improvisation. In the last two years, he has directed or co-led orchestral configurations and recorded and performed with hand-picked small groups of international renown. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ornette Coleman: Town Hall 1962

Read "Town Hall 1962" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

When Ornette Coleman promoted this concert in December 1962, he was already in the midst of a long withdrawal from the public stage. Until the Town Hall event, his 1962 performances had consisted of a single concert and a week at the Jazz Gallery six months previously. Further, he hadn't recorded in a studio since March ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ornette Coleman: At the Golden Circle Vol. 1 & Vol. 2

Read "At the Golden Circle Vol. 1 & Vol. 2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Maybe it was the supportive European crowd, largely acknowledged as a sympathetic bunch when it comes to American jazz, or the fact that innovator and iconoclast Ornette Coleman, after a two-year hiatus, was in full sprint at the end of 1965. Regardless of the extraneous factors, some of the alto saxophonist's most joyous and musically together ...