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Abram Wilson: Life Paintings

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Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas but brought up in New Orleans, where he studied at the Center for Creative Artists--alma mater of fellow trumpeters Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton--Abram Wilson relocated to London in 2002. In 2003 he signed to Dune Records, the recording and management home for a number of significant, London-based, black ...

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Humi (Hugh Hopper / Yumi Hara Cawkwell): Dune

Read "Dune" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo album molto sperimentale di Hugh Hopper e Yumi Hara Cawkwell proietta il bassista dei Soft Machine verso il futuro e allo stesso tempo rispolvera la sua passione per i loops e per l’elettronica che aveva caratterizzato i suoi anni formativi e le sue prime escursioni solistiche. Senza dimenticare alcuni episodi un po’ oscuri della storia della band ...

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Humi: Dune

Read "Dune" reviewed by Nic Jones

In Hugh Hopper's case, age seems to be bringing with it a certain restlessness of spirit. This duo with Yumi Hara Cawkwell mines a seam of disturbed minimalism the surface of which is ruffled and undermined by Hopper's deft way with lower end sonics and Cawkwell's declamatory yet understated vocals.

It all comes together on “Hopeful ...

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Humi (Hugh Hopper / Yumi Hara Cawkwell): Dune

Read "Dune" reviewed by John Kelman

One well-known artist; the other, not-so. Bassist Hugh Hopper first came to public attention as a member of legendary British group Soft Machine in the late 1960s, but since then the experimental disposition that ultimately resulted in his leaving that band has been heard across a spectrum of projects, from the jamband fusion-centricity of Soft Machine ...

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Abram Wilson: Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta

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An intact and heritage-conscious American abroad, the Arkansas-born, Louisiana-raised trumpeter Abram Wilson--based in London these past five years--made his debut as leader in 2004 with Jazz Warrior (Dune). The album attempted the difficult trick of addressing both jazz and hip hop, with unconvincing results, and this new set avers that it continues along a similar route. ...

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Soweto Kinch: A Life In The Day Of B19: Tales Of The Towerblock

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British saxophonist Soweto Kinch polarised opinion to the max in 2003, with his jazz 'n' hip-hop debut, Conversations With The Unseen (Dune). Many older listeners hated it, regarding it as a betrayal of tradition of Judas-like proportions. Younger, more inclusive listeners loved it, welcoming it as, simultaneously, a reconnection with jazz's long-lost roots in urban street ...

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Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring!

Read "Let Freedom Ring!" reviewed by John Kelman

With jazz becoming such a broad landscape that labels are increasingly difficult to apply, it's difficult, if not impossible, to identify specific new movements like the ones that appeared in the middle decades of the 20th Century. While there have been all kinds of innovations to be sure, there hasn't been anything quite so sweeping as ...

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Denys Baptiste: Let Freedom Ring!

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London tenor saxophonist Denys Baptiste aims for the sun and stars with his four-part, large-ensemble suite Let Freedom Ring! What is striking is just how wildly, and wonderfully, his ambitions are realized by the final product. The piece was commissioned by the Cheltenham International Jazz Festival to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's ...

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Soweto Kinch: Conversations with the Unseen

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Shortly after he released the RH Factor last year, trumpeter Roy Hargrove said, “They had me figured for a jazz guy. But I have roots in hip-hop and R&B. This album is just the opening of a door." On Dec. 7th at the Jazz Gallery, British alto player/rapper Soweto Kinch opened that door a little wider. ...

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Soweto Kinch: Soweto Kinch: Conversations With The Unseen

Read "Soweto Kinch: Conversations With The Unseen" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

The journey from disdain to serious respect takes about twenty seconds. It just requires two minutes to get there.

Soweto Kinch opens Conversations With The Unseen with a hip-hop “welcome to the session" rap that might trick new listeners (guilty) into thinking a bunch of self-hyping doo-wop lies ahead. But the alto saxophonist literally blows ...