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Dr. Mark Lomax, II: 400: An Afrikan Epic

Read "400: An Afrikan Epic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The origins of the continent's name are not clear, but in the language of most of its inhabitants, the spelling is Afrika. The colonizers from Portugal, Britain and France adulterated the spelling for uniformity to their own phonics beginning in the fifteenth century, as they launched the cultural marginalizing of tens of millions. Dr. Mark Lomax ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ant Law: Life I Know

Read "Life I Know" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Ant Law's third album and the follow-up to Zero Sum World (Whirlwind, 2015), is an impressive affair. The eight compositions reflect some of the guitarist's influences and experiences, real or imaginary. Since moving to London in the 2000s, Law has acted as sideman to various leading musicians including Tim Garland and recorded on Partikel's third album, ...

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Cathy Segal-Garcia: The Jazz Chamber

Read "The Jazz Chamber" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this album, Cathy Segal-Garcia, a vocalist and educator on the Los Angeles jazz scene, comes up with something special, working with a chamber orchestra and a group of jazz musicians to produce a wide-ranging program that veers from lush romanticism to complex jazz-funk.

On much of the disc, Segal-Garcia's thick, classically formal voice, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Pillow Large Ensemble: Electric Miles

Read "Electric Miles" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You thought not, but you can put the genie back in the bottle. What we're talking about is the specter unleashed by Miles Davis with Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Davis' expanded lineup for BB with ten-plus musicians, including the electric pianos of Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, and Larry Young, Bennie Maupin playing bass clarinet, a young ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Il tocco di Django!

Read "Il tocco di Django!" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Il pianista e compositore inglese Django Bates è sempre stato un artista versatile e originale.
Nel suo ultimo disco per la ECM, The Study of Touch, guida il proprio trio Belovèd (completato dal bassista Petter Eldh e dal batterista Peter Bruun) attraverso una manciata di intriganti brani originali, ma rilegge anche un classico parkeriano ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch

Read "Django Bates: Delightful Piano Touch" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

British pianist and composer Django Bates has always been a multifaceted artist. On his recent ECM release, The Study of Touch, he leads his Trio Belovèd (featuring Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun) through a set of intriguing originals, as well as reworking the classic Charlie Parker composition “Passport."

We spoke ...

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Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been five years since the release of pianist Isamu McGregor's debut Live at the Baked Potato! (Amorphous Paraphernalia Records, 2012) and his Resonance turns out to be well worth the wait. While the first album was solidly entrenched in the fusion arena, the current outing is a genre defying and eclectic collection with an ...

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Isamu McGregor: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On this album, his second as a leader since 2012's Live at the Baked Potato, pianist/keyboardist Isamu McGregor continues to hone his approach to crafting intelligent, challenging jazz fusion. With bassist Evan Marien and drummer Gene Coye once again at his side, he's got the right partners for navigating his maze-like compositions, and guest spots by ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

I Called Him Morgan at Belfast Film Festival 2017

Read "I Called Him Morgan at Belfast Film Festival 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

I Called Him Morgan (2016)
A film by Kasper Collin
Belfast Film Festival
Strand Arts Centre, jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 31, 2017

There was something appropriate about the screening of Kasper Collin's documentary I Called Him Morgan in the Strand Arts Centre. The furnishings of this old, art-deco cinema ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

I Called Him Morgan by Kasper Collin

Read "I Called Him Morgan by Kasper Collin" reviewed by Christine Connallon

Lee Morgan
I Called Him Morgan
A film by Kasper Collin
2016

Forty five years ago on a precariously snowy night, prolifically talented jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was fatally wounded at Slug's Saloon in the East Village of jny: New York City, shot down by his common-law wife, Helen, in front ...