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Content by tag "Donald Ayler"

ARTICLE: JAZZ RACONTEURS

Live Trane: Never Before, Never After

Read "Live Trane: Never Before, Never After" reviewed by David Liebman

NEA Jazz Master and much celebrated saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator and author Dave Liebman recounts the life-changing experiences of witnessing live performances by John Coltrane as told to Dave Kaufman.

I always say my epiphany was the first time I saw Coltrane in February of 1962 at Birdland. The fact that I even knew ...

On Kaa Davis: X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music

Read "X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Though he's logged considerable time in Sun Ra's Arkestra, Kenny Wolleson's Himalayas Collective, and groups led by Donald Ayler, Charles 'Bobo' Shaw, and Luther Thomas, On Kaa Davis is not just another avant-garde jazz dude. As a teenager, the Cleveland, Ohio native journeyed to Vienna, Austria, where he studied classical guitar at the Hochschule for Music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages

Read "Dave Burrell: Pianist Navigating the Windward Passages" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dave Burrell is a master pianist and composer who encountered the avant-garde in the 1960s and has been following his own independent path ever since. He combines classical and jazz elements that are both “inside" and “outside" the mainstream. The title of a poem by J.V. Cunningham, “The Metaphysical Amorist" characterizes much of his playing, which ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Albert Ayler: Lorrach, Paris 1966

Read "Lorrach, Paris 1966" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the third edition of the original pressing by hatOLOGY records, containing re-masters of tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's live performances in Lorrach, Germany, and live tracks recorded at the Paris jazz festival, culled from his 1966 European tour. In the liners, Peter Niklas Wilson asserts that the George Wein produced the “Newport in Europe" tour ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nation Time Concert at the Guggenheim Museum

Read "Nation Time Concert at the Guggenheim Museum" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Richard Hell, Arto Lindsay, The Thing
Guggenheim Museum
Nation Time
New York, NY
November 20, 2013

Over the course of three forms of media and four decades, Amiri Baraka stretched his way into New York's Guggenheim Museum. A poem he penned more than 40 years ago found its path into ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: 13 Miniatures for Albert Ayler

Read "13 Miniatures for Albert Ayler" reviewed by John Sharpe

Tributes come in many forms. Most blatant is the repertory regurgitation of charts associated with the dedicatee or modern takes on that program. Then comes homage, influenced by the historical figure in question, with works in a contemporaneous style. Finally, there appears art inspired by the spirit of the honoree. It is into this last division ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Marc Ribot Spiritual Unity: Cleveland, March 19, 2011

Read "Marc Ribot Spiritual Unity: Cleveland, March 19, 2011" reviewed by Matt Marshall

Marc Ribot, Spiritual Unity: The Legacy and Music of Albert Ayler
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, OH
March 19, 2011

Guitarist Marc Ribot's performance with his Spiritual Unity quartet, at the Cleveland Museum of Art, was the culmination of a three-evening nod to celebrated avant-gardist, and Cleveland native, Albert Ayler. Two days ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith / Ed Blackwell: The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer

Read "The Blue Mountain's Sun Drummer" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Since the Ornette Coleman Quartet's The Shape of Jazz to Come (Atlantic, 1959), the trumpet's historical bar in creative music has been set in great part by Don Cherry. Not that Cherry's way was the only way and, in fact, the work of Bill Dixon, Donald Ayler, Lester Bowie, and a few others certainly paved significant ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Muhammad Ali: From a Family of Percussionists

Read "Muhammad Ali: From a Family of Percussionists" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Though not as well known as his brother, drummer Rashied Ali (1935-2009), Muhammad Ali spent the 1970s as one of the busiest drummers in free jazz, primarily working in a cooperative Paris-based quartet with saxophonist Frank Wright, pianist Bobby Few and bassist Alan Silva, and known as the Center of the World Quartet. Born in Philadelphia ...

Joe McPhee: Angels, Devils & Haints

Read "Angels, Devils & Haints" reviewed by Lyn Horton

In 1965, Joe McPhee met Donald Ayler by chance in a New York record store. Ayler asked McPhee to join him at a rehearsal where Albert Ayler would be, but unfortunately McPhee was unable to make the rehearsal. That missed opportunity triggered a powerful response in May 2000, when McPhee invited a group of musicians to ...


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