Content by tag "Leo Smith"

The Creative Music Improvisers Forum: New Haven's AACM

Read "The Creative Music Improvisers Forum: New Haven's AACM" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero

The late 1960s through the 1970s and '80s were difficult years for jazz and jazz-derived improvised music, but they were also years that saw musicians--by necessity--respond to these difficulties with creative solutions. With first the rise and then the commercial dominance during those years of rock music and the corresponding eclipse of jazz, creative musicians in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we'll go through a heap of outstanding new releases, ranging from tributes to seminal albums like Soul Station by Eli Degibri and the Far East Suite by Pierre Bertrand, to new releases by master pianists like Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau (in an unreleased duo with Charlie Haden!), Aaron Parks and Simone Graziano. Seasond avant-veterans ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Conversation with Kosi

Read "A Conversation with Kosi" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On her new album, Stranger in Every Town, vocalist Kosi draws from her experience traveling alone across the US as a singer/songwriter.

This albums features Kosi on vocals, Satish Robertson on trumpet, Brendon Biagi on tenor saxophone, Jason Marshall on baritone saxophone, Jeremy Aaron on violin, Jeff Young on guitar, John Lander on piano, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Martin Archer: Story Tellers

Read "Story Tellers" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We used to call records like this 'concept albums.' The whole idea soon became a term of derision thanks to Rick Wakeman and others. Nevertheless, let's stick with it for a moment. Martin Archer's Story Tellers is constructed as a series of interlocking vignettes, linked both by certain recurring themes, narrative threads and the attribution of ...

Derek Bailey

Read "Derek Bailey" reviewed by John Eyles

Guitarist Derek Bailey was one of the more prominent and influential musicians from the “first generation of free improvisation" that developed in London in the mid-sixties and gradually promoted the music around the world. Although several members of that generation were leaders, Bailey often seemed the de facto leader of the group. Partly, this was a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Angelo Leonardi

Read "Il meglio del 2016 secondo Angelo Leonardi" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La discografia jazzistica del 2016 evidenzia l'inarrestabile creatività di veterani come Henry Threadgill o Leo Smith e di giovani protagonisti come JD Allen o Darcy James Argue.

Personalmente sono stato colpito dalla prova significativa di un artista ancora in ascesa come Ryan Keberle e da quella maiuscola di un compositore e leader ancora ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Zorn: Flaga Plays Masada Book Two

Read "Flaga Plays Masada Book Two" reviewed by Luca Canini

Da un pezzo ormai ho rinunciato a seguire da vicino i passi di John Zorn. Troppa fatica stare appresso con puntualità e dedizione alla logorrea discografica del signor Tzadik. Maestro dell'elusione e dell'evanescenza che ha trasformato il catalogo della propria etichetta in una dedalica sala degli specchi (In the Hall of Mirrors forse non a caso ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Ballou: Solo Trumpet

Read "Solo Trumpet" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Dave Ballou si inserisce in modo del tutto personale in quel filone di trombettisti che indaga il proprio strumento in senso lato, ne trae sonorità inedite attraverso lo studio di articolazioni e procedure peculiari, ne cerca un ampliamento del vocabolario e delle espressività. Un filone che, in senso cronologico, ha origine con Bill Dixon, passa per ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

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Non poteva che chiudersi così il 2015, con un nuovo disco di Henry Threadgill. Un doppio addirittura, il primo a proprio nome in 40 e passa anni di prodigi e meraviglie: In for a Penny, in for a Pound. A conferma di uno stato di grazia conclamato -dalle gesta dell'ensemble Double-Up alle rimpatriate con Jack DeJohnette ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anthony Braxton: Trio and Duet

Read "Trio and Duet" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Nuova edizione per Trio and Duet, splendido album di Anthony Braxton datato 1974, l'ultimo prima dell'importante contratto con la Arista e della improvvisa e sorprendente fama del compositore e sassofonista di Chicago. Fino a quel momento Braxton aveva lottato non poco per veder riconosciute le sue ambizioni di compositore, qui documentate dalla prima facciata del vecchio ...