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A Musical Portrait Of Cortex

Read "A Musical Portrait Of Cortex" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

For this new installment of our “50/50" series, we asked the members of Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, Ola Høyer, Gard Nilssen), one of the most interesting groups in the burgeoning Norwegian jazz scene, to choose five tracks that inspired them in their music making. We then completed the selection with five other tracks taken ...


Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath: Eclipse At Dawn

Read "Eclipse At Dawn" reviewed by Nic Jones

This one only goes to show how easy review writing can sometimes be. Imagine a band that on the occasion captured for posterity here consisted of eleven pieces caught on a night when they were in sparkling form. That doesn't do it justice. Arguably as much a political statement by dint of its very being as ...


Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Eclipse at Dawn

Read "Eclipse at Dawn" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The advent of a recording from the Brotherhood of Breath is a time of eager anticipation. The band was always inventive, their music challenging. They rode the winds of free jazz, added the flavor of dance music and enticed with the beat of the kwela. They bring all these elements together once more on this live ...


Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Eclipse at Dawn

Read "Eclipse at Dawn" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Si può solo intuire quale poteva essere l’impatto sul pubblico di una esibizione dal vivo della Brotherhood of Breath, la formazione allestita agli inizi degli anni Settanta da Chris McGregor sulle ceneri degli storici Blue Notes. Si può solo immaginare, perché il valore musicale e di testimonianza storica di Eclipse at Dawn, ad opera della meritoria Cuneiform Records, ...


Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Traveling Somewhere

Read "Traveling Somewhere" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The story of pianist Chris McGregor's life and music is like that of many creative South African musicians: a tale of trial and redemption. McGregor trained classically in South Africa, playing jazz on the side. After finishing school, he joined with mixed-race bands that prevented him from surviving in the racist South African climate. Soon after ...