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ARTICLE: RADIO

Ain't Nothin' in Chicago for a Monkey Bastard to Do

Read "Ain't Nothin' in Chicago for a Monkey Bastard to Do" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Mike is from the Chicago-land area, Pat spent his salad days in Hyde Park--maybe the bastards are a bit biased, but they love talking about the Windy City. It doesn't hurt that it has a long, noble, somewhat left-of-center history concerning jazz. Anyway, this time they explore the work of a couple of tenor titans, little-known ...

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.

Artifacts è innanzitutto ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2015

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2015 was an eventful year for jazz and creative improvised music. A decade and a half into the new century found rising young artists revisiting, reevaluating and reinterpreting standards from the jazz canon in surprisingly creative ways. Many of the albums listed below are conceptual efforts dedicated to the advancements of revered masters, ranging from pre-war ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harrison Bankhead Quartet: Velvet Blue

Read "Velvet Blue" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Harrison Bankhead's time has come. The Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) is on a roll with the release of Velvet Blue. For decades, the bassist has been the bedrock upon which great Chicago jazz has been built. He was the foundation for legendary players like Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Malachi ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harrison Bankhead Sextet: Morning Sun, Harvest Moon

Read "Morning Sun, Harvest Moon" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Harrison Bankhead's uniqueness is not restricted solely to his bass playing, which is touched by the melodicism of Ray Brown and the authority and inventiveness of Charles Mingus in a voice singularly his own. Bankhead is a composer with a sensibility finely attuned to a painterly impressionism, while being unafraid to fly in the face of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Nicole Mitchell: Renegades, Anaya, Collective Creativity

Read "Nicole Mitchell: Renegades, Anaya, Collective Creativity" reviewed by Jeff Stockton







Nicple Mitchell's Black Earth Strings
Renegades
Delmark
2009

Indigo Trio
Anaya
Rogue Art
2009

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic
Collective Creativity
3 Sixteen Records
2009

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Collective Creativity

Read "Collective Creativity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The long awaited debut by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Collective Creativityhas been described as a “genre-blending" piece of work, combining the percussive elements of jazz with the graceful sophistication of classical music, fused in one big band/symphonic project. Under the direction of conductor and producer Orbert Davis, the CJP is a 55-plus piece symphonic jazz orchestra ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Collective Creativity

Read "Collective Creativity" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Defining the fine line that often borders jazz and classical music has elicited much debate. One musician has even registered the word “jazzical" as a term that insures the framework in which the music he writes will be perceived.

But trumpeter, studio musician and composer, Orbert Davis does not need to think this way. He simply ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Read "Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jack Cortner Big Band
Sound Check
Jazzed Media
2009

For someone who waited so long before taking his first swings as leader of his own big band, Jack Cortner shows again on Sound Check, the band's second impressive recording in as many years, that he's got game. He's ...