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Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jazz didn't abandon jny: Chicago but its further development only began to take on a distinct personality in the 1960s. By the late 1920s, the next phase of the jazz scene had shifted from Chicago to New York though, initially, there was no red carpet rolled out. As jazz bands made their way to New York ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rob Mazurek: Chimeric Stoned Horn

Read "Chimeric Stoned Horn" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Chimeric" is defined as imaginary or visionary and it is a fitting allegory for the surreal nature of Chimeric Stoned Horn. Composer, electronic artist, cornet virtuoso and multimedia artist Rob Mazurek's vocation in the visual field has progressively influenced his music and vice versa. These are not alter egos, but related facets of the artist and ...

Thollem | Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons

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In a remote outpost of creativity, the little town of Marfa sits on less than two square miles, a one-hour drive from the Mexican border. With a population of about two-thousand, it may, nevertheless, be the Brooklyn of the West Texas desert plateau. From its beginnings as an artist colony (of sorts), Marfa has been developing ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

São Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the spring of 2015 Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground expanded their touring formation and added “Black Cube SP" to their name for a tour that briefly made stops in the U.S. The enlarged group featured the addition of Thomas Rohrer on rabeca, a Brazilian viola. Rohrer, a Swiss native transplanted in Brazil was part of ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Troy Collins

Democratically led by Chicago-based sound explorer Rob Mazurek, São Paulo Underground has been defying genre conventions and musical boundaries for almost a decade. Originally formed with percussionist Mauricio Takara and keyboardist Guilherme Granado during Mazurek's sojourn in Brazil (2000-2005), the ensemble's membership has undergone a subtle change on its fifth album with the addition of Swiss-born ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Cantos Invisíveis translates from Portuguese as “invisible corners/songs" or “disappearing corners/songs:" a fitting title for trans-national music that often seems to come from everywhere at once. The international trio's electro-acoustic sound blends music from North and South America, Africa and Asia, including stylistic references from traditional folk, modern jazz, rock and electronica. It's a dense, communal ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisiveis

Read "Cantos Invisiveis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Suoni da galassie lontane, scie cosmiche che trasportano in altri mondi, sfrigolii di elettroni che invadono lo spazio fisico, riti sciamanici e nenie incantatorie, suggestioni tribali e distorsioni industriali. Una giungla intricata di sonorità acustiche ed elettroniche nella quale scrittura e improvvisazione sfumano i contorni per trasformarsi in visione. È il nuovo mondo creato da Rob ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP: Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost

Read "Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

La forte sincerità che si percepisce nella musica di Rob Mazurek (caratteristica che immagino anche chi non ama troppo il cornettista chicagoano faticherà a negargli) è qualcosa che va a volte oltre l'intenzione.
È il caso ad esempio del flusso emozionale, catartico, densissimo, di Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost, disco che ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP: Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost

Read "Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost" reviewed by Troy Collins

Return the Tides is a heart-felt tribute to Rob Mazurek's mother, Kathleen Mazurek, who died on May 4, 2013, just days after receiving a diagnosis of late stage cancer. Her sudden and unexpected passing motivated Mazurek to honor her generous spirit through music that would, in his words, “clear a path for my mother into the ...