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Sun Ra And His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra: Sun Embassy

Read "Sun Embassy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I know what you're thinking, the world doesn't need another Sun Ra record. You don't need another Sun Ra record. With a discography swelling monthly, sometimes weekly, I often think when will it end? Then, once back in my right mind, I rejoice to find some tasty unreleased material from a very fertile period in Herman ...

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Joe McPhee: From Outer Space

Read "From Outer Space" reviewed by Thad Aerts

Joe McPhee, the 78-year-old multi-instrumentalist dedicated to the saxophone, has a new trio. McPhee on said saxophone with James Keepnews on guitar and laptop, and David Berger on drums make up Plan B. From Outer Space is the trio's inaugural offering. Free in its wandering's, the record is still incredibly cohesive and multi-themed. Recorded ...

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Sun Ra & His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra: The Intergalactic Thing

Read "The Intergalactic Thing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you are a Sun Ra devotee, let's not use the terms “fanatic" or “zealot," you probably measure your collection in board feet instead of inches. Unlike many jazz legends of the 1950s, and 1960s, Herman Sonny Blount had the foresight to record his ensemble's rehearsals and concerts. He even established his own label El Saturn ...

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Joe McPhee: Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984)

Read "Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The young cats (players thirty years his junior) know Joe. Players who have immersed themselves in free improvisation, like Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Evans, Martin Kuchen, and Mikołaj Trzaska, learned the possibilities of creating a new music from, not thin air, but from listening. They model their approach after Joe McPhee. Born in ...

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konstruKt and Joe McPhee: Babylon: The First Meeting of Istanbul

Read "Babylon: The First Meeting of Istanbul" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Taken at face value, konstruKt's catchphrase, “Free Jazz from Turkey," seems a tad pedestrian. But, if one considers Turkey's place in the world-literally the crossing point between Asia and Europe-its crazy-quilt ethnic diversity, and its continued religious and political unrest, it's a fitting metaphor. Oddly, most of the band's recorded output features invited guest artists from ...

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Joe McPhee: Alto

Read "Alto" reviewed by Lyn Horton

It takes a certain amount of confidence for a musician to stand alone on a stage or in a recording studio and play an instrument. One of the few masters of jazz reed instruments, Joe McPhee still proceeds to make music as if for the first time. He is a master of the instruments he plays ...

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Joe McPhee: Soprano

Read "Soprano" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Sometimes, the best way to grasp of the power of an instrument is to hear it in a solo context without other instruments impacting its singularity. It matters if the musician playing the instrument is so engaged in knowing and feeling the instrument's range that the resulting sound emanates seemingly without effort. The music has originated ...

Joe McPhee: Everything Happens For a Reason

Read "Joe McPhee: Everything Happens For a Reason" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Joe McPhee Everything Happens For a Reason Roaratorio Records 2005 As an improviser, Joe McPhee's art has taken several interesting turns and shifts in focus that one listening to his first few recordings might not have expected. Schooled on trumpet from his youth and studying the tenor saxophone ...

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The Music Ensemble: The Music Ensemble

Read "The Music Ensemble" reviewed by AAJ Staff

The '70s were, ironically, a fertile period for free jazz. During an era when rock yielded to disco and modal jazz surrendered to fusion, free jazz was experiencing a renaissance. As always, the forces propelling this advance were not financial (when has a freely improvising musician ever made money?). Instead, it was the sense of community ...


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