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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Sonny Buxton: Mid-Day Saturdays and A Radio Master Class With Strayhorn's Last Drummer

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Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org.

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Angel Bat Dawid: Lightning In A Bottle

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Angel Bat Dawid's new album The Oracle is a thing of unique beauty. Lightning in a bottle. What began as a collection of tunes recorded so that her band members who don't read sheet music could learn the new material turns out to be an inspired collection of afro-centric love and happiness.

The jny: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kirk Knuffke: Witness

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Kirk Knuffke has brought his cornet skills to a lot of different music in his career. As a leader, he has recorded albums dedicated to the work of Erik Satie and Don Cherry and he's even covered an Ernest Tubb song. This album gives a greater picture of how wide his interests stretch as he delves ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Greg Ward, Örjan Hultén and More

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Brand new releases from Greg Ward and Örjan Hultén plus a compare and contrast between original recordings by John Coltrane and radical reworkings by Tisziji Munoz

Playlist Greg Ward Rogue Parade “Metropolis" from Stomping Off from Greenwood (Greenleaf) 00:00 Örjan Hultén Orion “Minus Degrees" from Minusgrader (Artogrush) 08:41 Steve Grossman “Afro Blue" from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony Adamo: Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

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Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, as a verbal historian of both official and unofficial African-American jazz and blues culture. This type of ...

One Day in Brazil, 50 Years in Germany

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Tony Adamo
Was Out Jazz Zone Mad
Ropeadope
2018

Some African cultures preserved their history not by the written but by the spoken word, kept by oral cultural historians known as griots. On Was Out Jazz Zone Mad, vocalist Tony Adamo aspires to serve in this same role, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mia Dyberg: Ticket!

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Raised in Sweden and Denmark, alto saxophonist Mia Dyberg has made a name for herself on Berlin's improvised music scene, notably in the duos Sonic Horizons, with cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, and with Italian turntable musician Roberta Wjm Andreucci in Morph! Ticket! is Dyberg's second trio outing to take inspiration from beat poet William S. Burroughs, following ...

Francesco Martinelli: European Jazz - Tales of Etruscan Vases, Arias And Resistance

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Few have attempted to tackle the history of European jazz in any meaningful way. That's hardly surprising given the size of the task. How do you address the jazz history of over forty countries in a succinct and logical manner?

How do you manage to throw light on all the major personalities at the ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases Of 2018

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It may be unwieldy to keep a large jazz ensemble together for economic reasons but this year was still full of outstanding big band recordings, whether done through commissions, arrangers working with established orchestras or even actual working ensembles. Several of the releases on my list are examples of that. Also this year had the usual ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Billie Davies Trio: Perspectives II

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The spiritual jazz tradition, as exemplified by John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, has been having a resurgence over the past few years in places like Los Angeles and Great Britain. Now here is evidence that some musicians in New Orleans are going down that path as well. Billie Davies is a drummer from Belgium ...