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Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation: Post Modern Spirituals: The Promised Land

Read "Post Modern Spirituals: The Promised Land" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist and composer Tyrone Birkett's early output, particularly his In the Fullness of Time (Convergence Records, 2006) was dangerously close to the over-sentimental, syrupy and innocuous sounds of (gasp!) smooth jazz. What kept the record from falling over into that, much maligned, genre was Birkett's superlative improvisational chops and his robust devotional sense. On his sophomore ...

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Charles Tolliver: Music Inc.

Read "Music Inc." reviewed by Marc Medwin

Under trumpet virtuoso Charles Tolliver's direction, the Music Inc. quartet would go on to record several challenging live albums-- from locales as varied as the famed club Slugs and Yubinchokin Hall in Tokyo--for his and pianist Stanley Cowell's fledgling Strata East label during the '70s, later collected in a Mosaic Select box devoted to the group. ...