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Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

Read "Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree

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The year of writing this review, 2019, is the thirtieth anniversary of the recording of The Dark Tree. It is also the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Horace Tapscott, a forgotten master of politically engaged African American spiritual jazz. The album, which is among Tapscott's finest, is crying out for a 2019 anniversary reissue.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Documenting Jazz 2019

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Documenting Jazz
Conservatory of Music and Drama
TU Dublin
jny: Dublin, Ireland
January 17-19, 2019

Jazz music, which has pretty much always meant different things to different people, has been comprehensively documented since its arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century.

The most obvious form ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Shorter: Etcetera

Read "Etcetera" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The mid-sixties was an incredibly busy time for Wayne Shorter, who in 1965 had transitioned out of being Art Blakey's musical director into serving more or less the same roll for Miles Davis. By that point, he already had three Vee-Jay and two Blue Note leader dates under his belt and, in '65, he went on ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall

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Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams
Zellerbach Hall
Berkeley, CA
December 6, 2018

It isn't often that a pedal steel guitar is found in a jazz ensemble. And it is even less frequent that a country music singer-songwriter joins one on vocals. But this iconoclastic collaboration had its genesis ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen

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Thelonious Monk Birthday Concert: Helen Sung, Kris Davis and JoAnne Brackeen
SFJAZZ
San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2018

It would have been Thelonious Monk's 101st birthday this year, but the pianist and composer has not lost his luster over the years. Every year SFJAZZ celebrates his birthday with a concert. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Mingus: Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

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Summer 2018 saw the general release of privately held recordings by two giants of twentieth century jazz. First up was John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!). It was followed by Thelonious Monk's Mønk (Gearbox). In autumn 2018, recordings by another totemic figure, Charles Mingus, become the year's third newly revealed archaeological discovery. ...

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Adam Berenson / Scott Barnum / Eric Hofbauer: Introverted Cultures

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On his 21st album, composer/pianist/electronic artist Adam Berenson continues his string of remarkable and unpredictable projects with Introverted Cultures. His early association with Paul Bley and a broad range of influences and interests have resulted in a harvest of creative music that shapes unexpected hybrids. Here we have a drummer-less trio for the first twelve tracks ...

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Dave Liebman, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Kenny Werner: Fire

Read "Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La vibrante energia di quest'album emana da un quartetto la cui età media dei membri supera i settant'anni: i due estremi sono Jack DeJohnette (76) e Kenny Werner (67). Il percorso del disco è ispirato al fuoco, uno degli elementi del tetragono che è alla base dell'ordine universale, secondo le prime religioni e filosofie dell'umanità.