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Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...

Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio

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The collaborative combo Confusion Bleue is a rare a phenomenon on the contemporary jazz scene. Neither that the group utilizes sound snippets, nor that all their music is entirely improvised. confers on them a singularity. It is, however, the collective ability of its members to create intricate, highly orchestrated and profoundly moving pieces on the spot ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion

Read "Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Since moving to New York City in 1975, one-time bassist/painter Patrick Brennan has crafted a musical path that is open in its candor and indebtedness to all facets of black music. Much like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the alto saxophonist brews a thicket of his own distinct musical language that “unlike much contemporaneous vanguard music is ...

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Michael Dessen Trio: Forget The Pixel

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Trombonist Michael Dessen once studied with George Lewis, hung with Ray Anderson, and has ascended to their level on the creative improvising scene. Dessen has his own distinct style, one that values nuanced gestures as highly as it does exuberance; therefore his music creates a micro world of detail and organically developed themes.

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Kirk Knuffke: Chew Your Food

Read "Chew Your Food" reviewed by John Sharpe

Originally from Colorado, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has been based in the Big Apple since 2005. Though he may be best known as a member of drummer Matt Wilson's celebrated Quartet, the brass man also leads his own quartet, with two previous recordings for the prolific Portuguese Clean Feed label, while he and pianist Jesse Stacken also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2009

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2009" reviewed by Mathieu Belanger

Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival
Montreal, Canada
June 2009
For the ninth time since 2001, the whole month of June in Montreal was the affair of the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival. In past years, it would take place at Casa del Popolo and La Sala Rossa, a logical choice since the festival is the brainchild ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2009: Day 4

Read "Vision Festival 2009: Day 4" reviewed by John Sharpe

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7

Miriam Parker's Corridor / Charles Gayle Trio / The Ras Ensemble / The Ayler Project / Zim Ngqawana and the Collective Quartet
14th Annual Vision Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New ...

Joe McPhee: Tomorrow Came Today & Sweet Freedom- Now What?

Read "Joe McPhee: Tomorrow Came Today & Sweet Freedom-  Now What?" reviewed by Robert Iannapollo







Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love
Tomorrow Came Today
Smalltown Superjazzz
2008

Joe McPhee / Lisle Ellis / Paul Plimley
Sweet Freedom - Now What?
Hatology
1994-2008



Since his earliest releases, ...

Lisle Ellis: Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat

Read "Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Painter, graffitist and collagist Jean-Michel Basquiat was an unmistakable force in New York during the late '70s and into the '80s, certainly the latter decade's first American art stars and one of the art world's first black stars. Initially known by his tag SAMO (referencing both Sambo and “Same Old..."), he was championed by Warhol for ...

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Lisle Ellis: Sucker Punch Requiem: An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Canadian born bassist and Renaissance man, Lisle Ellis opens a new chapter in his development with Sucker Punch Requiem. A tribute to the revered painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellis' all-star septet offers a diverse program of musical ideas that mirrors Basquiat's idiosyncratic vision.

With ties across Canada, New York City and the Bay Area, Ellis ...