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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Celebrating Andrew Cyrille at the 2019 Vision Festival

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The 2019 jazz festival “high holy" season opened with the sounds of the 24th Vision Festival, the longest running jazz festival in jny: New York City. The festival is dedicated to free jazz and improvised music, but it is an expansive celebration of art in its many guises. Dance performances, poetry and visual art forms are ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2019

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Kulturbrauerei, Kesselhaus
Jazzdor Berlin
Berlin
June 4-7, 2019

Jazzdor Berlin is one of the few truly, consistently and enduring European minded and spirited jazz festival events around—an initiative taken by Phillip Ochem, the artistic leader of the Strasbourg festival Jazzdor, more than a decade ago.

Long breath Unlike other ...

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Malachi Favors, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Joseph Jarman have all passed on, leaving the Art Ensemble of Chicago's remaining original members, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Famoudou Don Moye, to rebuild. We Are on the Edge is a double-CD package; it is a fifty-year celebration of the group, and a dedication to the departed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Seventy plus recordings and fifty years since the inception of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. I mean the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, its original name. Born of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the band sojourned to Paris and soon changed its name to The Art Ensemble Of Chicago to reflect the corroborative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nicole Mitchell: Maroon Cloud

Read "Maroon Cloud" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un quartetto alquanto anomalo, di stampo sostanzialmente cameristico, ripreso dal vivo al National Sawdust di Brooklyn a fine marzo 2017, cuce insieme quest'ambizioso lavoro commissionato a Nicole Mitchell da John Zorn e dedicato ai maroon (in italiano cimarroni), cioè quei gruppi di africani deportati (o loro discendenti) che a partire dal sedicesimo secolo, in particolare nei ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

Read "Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

Matthew Shipp Announces Presidential Campaign

Read "Matthew Shipp Announces Presidential Campaign" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I like to think about Matthew Shipp's music in the same light as that of Eric Dolphy and Charlie Parker. If both artists, Bird and Dolphy, had the level of support from critics and listeners that they currently command while they were still alive, the pair would have been wealthy. Okay, that plus honest record companies ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New music from Becoming Quintet, Dave Scott, and More

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Three exciting new albums are featured in this week's program. The debut from excellent new Posi-tone label band Becoming Quintet, Trumpeter Dave Scott's fifth SteepleChase release leading his Violin Band, and remarkable guitar playing from Italian Jacopo Delfini. In between some archive cuts and other new releases.

Playlist Becoming Quintet “One Track Mind" ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2018: The Year in Jazz

Read "2018: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2018 was a busy one for the jazz world. The genre's version of the #MeToo movement resulted in a new Code of Conduct and other efforts to make the music workplace more equitable. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which ran a high-profile ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

TRPTK: Breaking Genre Walls

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TRPTK, an independent new music label based in the Netherlands, produces hi-res recordings with astonishingly realistic sound quality. TRPTK's catalogue of jazz and new music erases the boundaries of musical genres, and pursues a commonality of purpose that overrides differences in cultural and national backgrounds.

Æon Trio: Elegy Elegy, performed by the jazz ensemble ...