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John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

Read "John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Javon Jackson: For You

Read "For You" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson has roots stretching back to the hard-bop forebearers, having served stints with Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, and other luminaries of the lineage. For You is his twentieth release as a leader, and it finds him paying homage to Hubbard ("My Man Hubbard"), McCoy Tyner ("88 Strong"), Pharoah Sanders ("Mr. Sanders"--though ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hamid Drake / Ralph M. Jones / Adam Rudolph: Karuna

Read "Karuna" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Adam Rudolph's music has always been exotic and yet familiar, far-flung, and seemingly nearby. Then again, the same can be said of Hamid Drake and Ralph M. Jones' work. This trio is sort of a dream team of performers. OK, just about every project Rudolph completes is a stellar combination created for a particular purpose. Presently, ...

NEWS: FOR SALE

Jazz Vinyl Lover? Sign Up For "Vinyl Me, Please" Classics Club

Jazz Vinyl Lover? Sign Up For "Vinyl Me, Please" Classics Club

It’s been the worst kept semi-secret on Vinyl Me, Please these last two months: we’ve launched a new side subscription called Vinyl Me, Please Classics. Every month, current members of the main Vinyl Me, Please club, can sign up to receive an album in the classic genres of jazz, blues or soul. Want a crate-digger soul ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald Leaves Behind Massive Legacy That Lives On In Music, Life & Through The Love Of Others

Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald Leaves Behind Massive Legacy That Lives On In Music, Life & Through The Love Of Others

THE JAZZ GALLERY PLANS ARE UNDERWAY FOR A CELEBRATION IN THE SPIRIT OF DALE FITZGERALD IN COMING MONTHS THE GABRIEL FITZGERALD EDUCATION FUND IS FORMED Dale Kelley Fitzgerald, who co-founded New York’s prestigious Jazz Gallery in 1995 and was its Executive Director until 2009, died on March 20 at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, N.Y., after a long struggle with cancer. ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ PRIMER

John Coltrane and the Meaning of Life

Read "John Coltrane and the Meaning of Life" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Few jazz musicians inspire more respect or demand more attention than John Coltrane. Elvin Jones, Coltrane's drummer in “The Classic Quartet" (1961-65), said that most people who listen seriously to John Coltrane's music eventually acquire all of his recordings. I find that those who hear Coltrane for who he was want to hear all that he ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Pianist Joe Bonner Passes

Pianist Joe Bonner Passes

By Arturo Gomez, KUVO Denver The extremely gifted composer and pianist, a resident of the Denver area since the early 1980s has passed away. Joe Bonner was born April 20, 1948 in Rocky Mount, NC, he died Friday, November 20, 2014 in jny: Denver. He recorded and toured with many giants of jazz including Pharaoh Sanders, Woody ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

By John Pietaro I was heartily saddened by the sudden unexpected phone call: downtown’s unsung hero of Free Jazz, Will Connell, Jr., was hospitalized and non-responsive. Immediately the jazz and new music community rallied and the outpouring of love for Will was apparent. We’d all been preparing for his big moment at the front of the stage, ...

NEWS: CONTEST

Belts And Whistles Tape Label Launch Ticket Giveaway

Belts And Whistles Tape Label Launch Ticket Giveaway

Belts and Whistles hits Cameo Gallery on Wednesday July 23 at 10pm for their joint label launch and album release party. The Brooklyn and NJ based electronic and improvised tape cassette label drops its first album, Emotional Performance Motorcycle, from The Miz'Ries. Electro-kraut digital hardcore supergroup, The Miz'Ries: uber-americo noise nerd Quinn Collins plays broken records on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave

Read "Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave" reviewed by Troy Collins

Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond has been steadily gaining attention, courtesy of a tireless performing schedule reinforced and documented by a series of diverse albums issued on his own Prescott Recordings imprint. Hammond's releases have featured a variety of instrumental lineups, ranging from lyrical solo recitals to frenetic collective improvisations. His most recent endeavor is Cathedrals (Prescott ...