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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is no stranger to plugged-in performance. Like Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, his musical systems prove just as applicable to electronic as to all-acoustic environments. Indeed one of Smith's earliest such immersions was Yo Miles! inspired by Miles' 1970s guitar shredding bands. Multiple electric strings have also formed an integral part of ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...

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Ian Brighton & Henry Kaiser: Together Apart

Read "Together Apart" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The title of the album explains its realisation; Britain's Ian Brighton and Henry Kaiser from California recorded their respective contributions locally and then Kaiser had them melded seamlessly together. Whilst this methodology is true for nine of the eleven tracks, the first two are solo pieces. “In Memoriam--Jack and Rose Brighton," the longest cut at just ...

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Henry Kaiser: Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets

Read "Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets" reviewed by Roger Farbey

There a real Smörgåsbord of pieces on Henry Kaiser's Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets. They are stylistically varied improvisational vignettes ranging from the eccentric “Three Languages" with Fred Frith to the heavy electric blues of “A Mighty Fire" with Knut Reiersrud. There's also prog(-ish) rock on “Harmony Jam" with Nels Cline and there's a kind of ...

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Rova Saxophone Quartet: Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited

Read "Steve Lacy’s Saxophone Special Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you own a copy of the original Saxophone Special (Emanem, 1975), flip the LP over to view a photocopy of Steve Lacy's original notebook (with spiral binding) score of the compositions “Staples," “Swishes," and “Snaps." This is all music he performed at Wigmore Hall in London in December 1974 in a saxophone quartet that included ...

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AA.VV.: Sky Music - A Tribute to Terje Rypdal

Read "Sky Music - A Tribute to Terje Rypdal" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

In occasione dei 70 anni del chitarrista norvegese Terje Rypdal, il suo collega statunitense Henry Kaiser ha pensato di fargli (e farci) un regalo di compleanno dedicandogli un album tributo insieme ad altri chitarristi che, come lui, hanno subito la sua influenza musicale. Kaiser ha realizzato questo lavoro per la Rune Grammofon coinvolgendo nell'operazione dieci virtuosi ...

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Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant: Ocean of Storms

Read "Ocean of Storms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In between stints as a videographer of below-ice underwater regions in Antarctica, guitarist Henry Kaiser maintains a remarkably busy agenda as an improvising musician. Here he's joined by Wadada Leo Smith, an occasional partner going back to their mutual connection with Eugene Chadbourne in the 1970s and later collaboration on their Yo Miles! album from 1998. ...

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Harriet Tubman and Wadada Leo Smith: Araminta

Read "Araminta" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Things are urgent now. Actually, they have been critical for some time, but you might have chosen to ignore them. Politics, racism, sexism, war, inequality, and xenophobia are now issues that you must confront at home, work, in social media, and even within your bowling league. Everyone must have an opinion, and maybe that is the ...

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Tania Chen, Henry Kaiser, Wadada Leo Smith, William Winant: Ocean of Storms

Read "Ocean of Storms" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If, for no other reason than Wadada Leo Smith rears his predominant head, this recording should be considered. Within the electronic walls of All About Jazz, one can forgive me for having not paid proper tribute to Smith's exceptional America's National Parks (Cuneiform Records, 2016) since no less than five colleagues did. I am a late ...

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Dragonfly Breath III: Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus

Read "Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Today's zen koan: why does a watched pot never boil? The answer to that question is found in the music of Dragonfly Breath III: because it is always boiling. The roil we speak of comes from the quartet of saxophonist Paul Flaherty, trombonist Steve Swell, violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and drummer Weasel Walter.

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