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The Group: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

What quirk of fate governs whether or not a band captures the public imagination? A star-studded lineup? A strong set of tunes? Or just the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time? For The Group--a stellar mid-'80s aggregation of New York City avant talent--all these preconditions seemed to be in place, ...

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Oluyemi Thomas / Sirone / Michael Wimberly: Beneath Tones Floor

Read "Beneath Tones Floor" reviewed by John Sharpe

Beneath Tones Floor is the last recording of Sirone (born as Norris Jones) and could serve as a fitting memorial to the great bassist as he is featured prominently throughout this egalitarian display. Perhaps best known as one-third of the legendary loft jazz outfit The Revolutionary Ensemble, Sirone also appeared alongside a galaxy of New Thing ...

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Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010

Read "Vision Festival 2010: Day 5, June 27, 2010" reviewed by John Sharpe

Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7
Perry Robinson, Guillermo E Brown, Billy Bang, David S. Ware, Dave Burrell
Vision Festival
Abrons Arts Center

New York City

June 27, 2010

Sunday June 27 was another big day ...

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Alone, Again (Naturally): Peter Brotzmann, Olaf Rupp, Henry Kaiser, John Butcher, Woody Sullender and Frank Rosaly

Read "Alone, Again (Naturally): Peter Brotzmann, Olaf Rupp, Henry Kaiser, John Butcher, Woody Sullender and Frank Rosaly" reviewed by Clifford Allen

For this writer, solo playing and solo concerts have a special place. A few years before I began writing about jazz, and while living in New York at the beginning of the 2000s, I ran into the late violinist Leroy Jenkins in the East Village. I didn't know him personally, but he was instantly recognizable, and ...

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Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam

Read "Vietnam" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quando, nel marzo 1972, nella Peace Church del Greenwich Village di New York il Revolutionary Ensemble esordisce discograficamente dopo poco più di un anno d'attività, la guerra del Vietnam è ancora in corso e la generazione di quegli improvvisatori che presto si affermeranno nei cosiddetti “loft" di New York inizia a presentarsi sul proscenio. Le due parti in cui ...

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Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam

Read "Vietnam" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The release of this 1971 recording of Revolutionary Ensemble's Vietnam ought to have a special significance. Two wars are being fought, and the children of many families are being put in harm's way. The “stamping out the terrorism" that violently assaulted the USA provides justifiable reason for conflict. Still the specter of Vietnam looms large. Almost ...

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Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam

Read "Vietnam" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The seeds for the Revolutionary Ensemble were sown when Sunny Murray introduced violinist Leroy Jenkins to Sirone. The two found common musical ground that took off from several genres and became encapsulated in one body. At first they worked with Frank Clayton, but the drummer was ultimately replaced by Jerome Cooper.

Vietnam is the group's first ...

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Revolutionary Ensemble: Vietnam and Beyond the Boundary of Time

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It could easily be argued that the “loft jazz" era of the '70s was a direct product of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), both in its moral structure and its eventual fragmentation. Loft spaces, artist-produced concerts and artist-owned labels were self-reliance projects, a cornerstone of the AACM. Furthermore, the relocation of many ...

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The Revolutionary Ensemble: And Now ...

Read "And Now ..." reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The recordings the Revolutionary Music Ensemble made in the '70s were adventurous and daring. Having stamped their credentials, the members of the group went their separate ways before that decade came to a close and pursued individual careers. Now, more than twenty years after their groundbreaking recording of The People's Republic, they stir the waters once ...

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Revolutionary Ensemble: And Now...

Read "And Now..." reviewed by Andrey Henkin

When the Revolutionary Ensemble reformed at the last Vision Festival after 27 years, it was a special occasion, a novelty. It was felt that this could be more than a one-off reunion and that the band that spearheaded the chamber jazz movement could make a more permanent go of it. To that end, Pi Recordings brought ...