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Horace Tapscott with the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Live at I.C.U.U.

Read "Live at I.C.U.U." reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Twenty years after his death, pianist-composer Horace Tapscott is receiving the accolades that largely passed him by at the peak of his career. Firmly ensconced in the Los Angeles jazz scene, his recording career as a leader began in 1969 when his quintet released The Giant Is Awakened (Flying Dutchman). Aiee! The Phantom (Arabesque, 1996) was ...

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Tribe: Message From The Tribe: An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1976

Read "Message From The Tribe: An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1976" reviewed by Chris May

If the 1960s was the decade of sexual liberation and psycho-pharmaceuticals, the 1970s was the decade of self-empowerment and community activism, and nowhere was this more true than in black America. Musicians were among the vanguard of the activists, forming collectives to increase their leverage within the “entertainment" industry and, through education projects, to strengthen their ...

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Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Les Stances A Sophie

Read "Les Stances A Sophie" reviewed by Marcus O'Dair

They formed, of course, in the American city that constitutes part of their band moniker. But this 1970 album by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, re-released on Soul Jazz, was in fact recorded in Paris, the four main AEOC members having formed part of the late '60s exodus that also brought to France Archie Shepp, Don ...

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Hu Vibrational: Universal Mother

Read "Universal Mother" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Drum circles in the park might get a bad rap, but for centuries the spiritual life of human beings has been synced to the sound of the drum. Any culture that puts meditation at the center of its practice has used a steady pulse as the vehicle for expanding consciousness and breaking through the temporal world. ...

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Marvin "Hannibal" Peterson and the Sunrise Orchestra: Children of the Fire

Read "Children of the Fire" reviewed by Aaron Rogers

Trumpet and koto player Marvin “Hannibal" Peterson has led a reclusive career in jazz since the early '70s, when he first started making albums. A free jazz player in the style of Don Cherry with the metallic tone of Freddie Hubbard, Peterson is widely unknown even to the most diehard jazz fans. His low profile is ...

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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirit Walk

Read "Spirit Walk" reviewed by Chris May

An uber-visceral, trance-centric celebration of Great Black Music ancient-to-modern--mixing up free improv, Afrobeat, the astral jazz of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, North African Sufi music, early '70s electric Miles, chicken shack B3 grooves, Gil Scott Heron and the Last Poets, and more, all of it laced with real time electronica--Spirit Walk is serious mindbending business, ...

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Voodoo Drums: Voodoo Drums

Read "Voodoo Drums" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When one examines the role rhythm plays in jazz, it's a complicated affair. The early introduction of European instruments, which essentially make up the modern jazz drummer's kit, brought with it the legacy of the marching band: timekeeping, accents, and (eventually) swing. But the sphere of African rhythm, as it has been maintained in traditions throughout ...