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Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love

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Wadada Leo Smith has been on a roll in the 2010s, recording and composing in several formats, including ambitious, long-form works such as the Pulitzer-nominated Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012,) which dealt mostly with the history of race relations in America. His latest work concentrates on one specific figure mentioned in that suite, Rosa Parks, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs

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Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's prolonged late career flowering shows no sign of abating with the creation of yet another epic work, following on the heels of his monumental Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform, 2012), Great Lakes Suite (TUM, 2014) and America's National Parks (Cuneiform, 2016). For his inspiration he takes the story of Rosa Parks, one of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Henry Threadgill: la sintesi e gli specchi

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Il settembre 2017 è stato per Henry Threadgill un mese di intensa vendemmia discografica: nel giro di pochi giorni, dal 24 al 27, il compositore e polistrumentista è entrato nello studio Water Music, New Jersey, con due formazioni diverse ma per molti versi complementari, e una bella mole di materiale. Uno dei due organici, denominato Double ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Read "Rosa Parks: Pure Love" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like several exceptional modern era composers from Ornette Coleman to John Zorn to Tyshawn Sorey, the “jazz" appellation has only anecdotal application to the latter-day calling of Wadada Leo Smith as a composer. On his previous Cuneiform releases Ten Freedom Summers (2012) and America's National Parks (2016), Smith worked with an ear toward confronting injustice and ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

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My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

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Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

Meet Luis Torregrosa

Read "Meet Luis Torregrosa" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Dr. Luis Torregrosa has been a Super Fan for as long as he can remember; you could even say his love of music is no less than a calling. Based in Trenton, MI (our first Super Fan outside of New York!), Luis has spent the last 45 years of his life not only enjoying the music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown / In The Tradition / Illusions / Blythe Spirit

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Jazz-reissues are important because they help to write and rewrite jazz-history. Through reissues, the prominence of an artist is maintained and the canon is confirmed, but it can also be questioned and corrected. A double-disc from the excellent reissue label, BGO, brings four key records from leader and alto saxophonist, Arthur Blythe, back into circulation. The ...

Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed: Artifacts

Read "Artifacts" reviewed by Vic Albani

I figli crescono.

Terza generazione della mai troppo celebrata AACM chicagoana, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid e Mike Reed danno alle stampe un interessantissimo CD che è già stato votato da molte testate specializzate quale uno dei migliori, se non il migliore disco di jazz dello scorso anno.

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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Something old, something new, something reissued, something Brötzmann blew.

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Can the entire history of a musical genre be encoded in one man's DNA? If that is possible, then reading the DeoxyriboNucleic Acid molecules in saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's body would yield all the information a musical scientist studying the development of free jazz would require. Since the 1960s, he has been in the center of the ...