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Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

Alphonse Mouzon Needs Your Help

By Chuck Koton These are not words I ever thought I would have to write. Legendary drummer Alphonse Mouzon was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in September. He had to immediately undergo surgery which has bought him some time. But his kidneys are too weak for radiation therapy and he is planning to go to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Franklin Kiermyer: Further

Read "Further" reviewed by Dave Wayne

The great dilemma facing a music reviewer is how to discuss an artist's work intelligently within an historical continuum without getting too hung up on musical influences and reference points. Such is the case with drummer / composer Franklin Kiermyer whose music, while totally original, is redolent with the intensity and seeking spirituality of the John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Franklin Kiermyer: Further

Read "Further" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Expat Canadian drummer Franklin Kiermyer's sublime and passionate Further is a cohesive work that is both transcendent and crackles with a visceral vitality. The album revolves around themes that are inspired by saxophonist John Coltrane's late career explorations but the Oslo-based Kiermyer and his band are not mere impersonating devotees. They imbue every tune with originality ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Franklin Kiermyer: Joy And Consequence

Read "Franklin Kiermyer: Joy And Consequence" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The tradition. It's common jazz terminology. What does it mean, though, to be “in the tradition"? The term usually confers on the musician a stamp of authenticity and infers working knowledge of the dominant idiom, as typified by the jazz cannon. It also perhaps implies a certain orthodoxy. It's strange to think, however, that a music ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

Read "Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists" reviewed by Fradley Garner

Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

Players who lead trios and duos featuring a bassist tend to stick with one. Tomas Janzon is happy with Essiet Essiet, 56, drummer Art Blakey's last bassist.

Yet, “There are so many extraordinary bassists in New York," the Big Apple-based Swedish guitarist tells me, “that I am happy ...

NEWS: EVENT

Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute at Small's, Friday April 24, 2009

Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute at Small's, Friday April 24, 2009

Juini Booth will lead a group into Small's, 183 W. 10th Street at 7th Avenue, in New York City, on Friday April 24, 2009, for a Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

Juini Booth was the bassist with Life Time in the early 70's. Juini will be joined by some members of ...