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Basic Beauty: Arthur Blythe on Columbia

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Back in 2016, BGO Records started reissuing the complete works of alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe (1940-2017) on Columbia. The first volume containing Lenox Avenue Breakdown (1979), In the Tradition (1980), Illusions and Blythe Spirit (1981) has already been reviewed on AAJ. The following two volumes complete the project of putting an important body of work from ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2017

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Looking over the vast quantity of fine music released in 2017, it is reassuring to know that even in these troubled times, the spirit of creativity and endurance that jazz has always embodied continues to hold strong, especially as the music continually finds new forms of expression that move beyond stylistic boundaries. It was a particularly ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Mazzarella and Tomeka Reid: Signaling

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On this captivating, fully-improvised duo recording by alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid, we find a superlative example of two leading-edge musicians who continue to draw vital inspiration from their forbears. Reid, a contributing member of the hugely influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), has previously paid tribute to some of ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Do Tell: Hotend - Do Tell Plays the Music of Julius Hemphill

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Una delle prime cose che colpiscono, prendendo in mano questo CD dedicato al songbook di Julius Hemphill, è la brevità quasi lacyana dei titoli. Mettendo poi l'oggetto nel lettore (ma anche già scorrendo la formazione), ecco che un secondo elemento salta all'occhio (o all'orecchio): il fatto che un repertorio squisitamente sassofonistico sia interamente riletto da un ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Julius Hemphill: Dogon A.D.

Read "Dogon A.D." reviewed by Troy Collins

Dogon A.D. has long been revered as a classic among jazz connoisseurs; Julius Hemphill's relatively obscure but highly influential debut is widely considered the missing link between the avant-garde and populist forms such as blues, funk and soul. The 1972 recording session for this historic masterpiece originally produced four unique compositions, but Hemphill only issued three ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: London, UK, April 5, 2011

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Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
Café Oto
London, UK

April 5, 2011

What do you do when two mainstays in your band leave? Tonight's gig was the first outing for the new line up of pianist Alexander Hawkins' group, necessitated by the loss of regular bassist Dominic Lash to New York City for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet: Things Have Got To Change

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One of the seminal artists of the New York Loft jazz scene, composer and multi-instrumentalist Julius Hemphill (1938-1995) left a diverse legacy that lives on through the tireless efforts of saxophonist Tim Berne and multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich. Hemphill's earthy forays with cellist Abdul Wadud in the early seventies broke new stylistic ground, unapologetically drawing inspiration from ...