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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

Read "An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

Cecil Taylor: Live In The Black Forest

Read "Live In The Black Forest" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A retrospective look at the sixty-year career of Cecil Taylor, in progress at the Whitney Museum of American Art, incorporates the museum's unobstructed spaces and impressive views of New York City with multimedia documentation of the great composer/pianist's sixty years of creative invention. That openness is emblematic of Taylor's own absence of artistic boundaries. He has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Marco Eneidi: Pallettes of Color & Sound

Read "Marco Eneidi: Pallettes of Color & Sound" reviewed by Anna Poczatek

Marco Eneidi seems to become a forgotten artist. Which is odd, at the very least, because his improvisation workshops are attended by the first seat of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, and because, in just the past few years, the saxophonist has played with artists including pianist Cecil Taylor, guitarist Joe Morris, reed multi-instrumentalists Roscoe Mitchell, Peter Brötzmann ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Eric Zinman: The Piano as Endangered Species

Read "Eric Zinman: The Piano as Endangered Species" reviewed by Brian Wrentham

For over twenty years, pianist/composer Eric Zinman has been crafting his own approach to his instrument, since meeting trumpeter Bill Dixon in the '80s. He views himself as an ensemble player, who plays to include; in addition to his own writing, his trio disc, Eric Zinman Ensemble (Cadence, 2006), features short pieces by John Voigt, Laurence ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Raphe Malik: Free Jazz Trumpeter

Raphe Malik: Free Jazz Trumpeter

By Todd S. Jenkins

Born: November 1, 1948 in Cambridge, MA
Died: March 8, 2006 in Guilford, VT

Trumpeter Raphe Malik, a fixture in the bands of Cecil Taylor and Jimmy Lyons during the 1970s and 80s, has died of a prolonged illness. He had undergone a liver transplant a year ago but continued ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Raphe Malik Passes at 57

Raphe Malik Passes at 57

GUILFORD -- Laurence Mazel (Raphe Malik), 57, noted jazz musician, has died after a long illness. He was in born in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 1, 1948. He lived in Boston, Lawrence and Andover, Mass. During his high school years he was Northeast Regional tennis champion for New England, and studied Mandarin Chinese through a State Department intensive ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Raphe Malik: Last Set & Sympathy

Read "Raphe Malik: Last Set & Sympathy" reviewed by Clifford Allen

What is sometimes sorely missed among the current crop of players in the jazz “tradition" (and by “tradition" I mean both straight-ahead and free music) is a sense of weight. This weight, or gravity, is both sonic and metaphysical and improvised music is at a loss without it. While he was a regular member of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raphe Malik Quartet: Last Set: Live at the 1369 Jazz Club

Read "Last Set: Live at the 1369 Jazz Club" reviewed by Trevor MacLaren

After leaving the Cecil Taylor Unit in 1979, Raphe Malik seemed to have disappeared until his first record as a leader appeared in 1989 ( 21st Century Texts ). Last Set proves that Malik was not only playing, but he was cutting some incredible chops.



Taken from the last set of a two-night engagement ...

Malik, McPhee, Robinson: Sympathy

Read "Sympathy" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Raphe Malik, who spent much of the '70s and '80s playing with free pianist Cecil Taylor's band, has been described as “an exuberant and rough-hewn player"; and the Taylor lineage would suggest a propensity toward the free-flying approach. But on Sympathy the sound can best be described as introspective or searching, and even—to these ears, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Raphe Malik: Companions

Read "Companions" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

It's hard to imagine 45 years, hence that one of the things that was so controversial about Ornette Coleman's emergence was that he gave up on employing a pianist. The sax/trumpet/bass/drum quartet has become commonplace in the modern jazz world since that time (Other Dimensions in Music and Masada leap to mind as two of today's ...