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15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "15 Italian Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

It is not unusual for colleagues and promoters from across Europe and the United States to ask me: “Which Italian jazz musicians should I check out?"

For decades, Italy has enjoyed an increasingly prominent place in the vast landscape of European Jazz. The names of some of its most famous players, like trumpeters Enrico ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

Abbey Rader's West Coast Quartet: First Gathering

Read "First Gathering" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran drummer Abbey Rader's foray to California adds a further chapter to the welcome renaissance of reedman Peter Kuhn. Both men were part of the New York loft jazz scene in the 1970s, but while Kuhn eventually dropped from view in the early '80s, Rader persisted, first moving to Europe, but later returning to Florida where ...

Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

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Drummer Abbey Rader first encountered celebrated reedman Kidd Jordan when he was touring with Billy Bang and Frank Lowe back in 2000, as a member of the outfit featured on One For Jazz (No More Records, 2001). Jordan sat in, and the ensuing mix was successful enough for Rader to intend a follow up. That didn't ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1964, Civil Rights workers, known as Freedom Riders, were increasingly becoming the victims of violent attacks from the Ku Klux Klan as they initiated a program to register black voters in the Deep South. As members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the advocates were franticly racing ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Shipp: Let's Do Lunch!

Read "Matthew Shipp: Let's Do Lunch!" reviewed by Yuko Otomo

When Matthew Shipp asked me to design the cover art for his Points album (Silkheart Records, 1992), I showed him works from the on-going drawing study I was engaged in. He picked one graphite drawing and said, “Wow! This is exactly what's happening inside my mind when I play the piano!"

Here, we talk ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Abbey Rader & Kidd Jordan Release First Album Together - "Reunion"

Abbey Rader & Kidd Jordan Release First Album Together - "Reunion"

In a busy summer, Abbey Rader has released his second recording in as many months. Reunion is a collaboration with saxophonist Kidd Jordan. The album is their first together. It follows the June release of It's Time, a duet session with Abbey and longtime collaborator Peter Ponzol. The chain of events that led to Reunion can be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen

Read "Tales of the Unforeseen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Barry Altschul made his mark on the musical world at a time of both turmoil and guarded acceptance. Charles Lloyd's quartet, with the unknown pianist Keith Jarrett, was bridging a gap with psychedelic rock at the Fillmore West; Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970) along with the work of groups like Weather Report, the Mahavishnu Orchestra ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Kirk Knuffke

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Kirk Knuffke" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. John Tchicai -Reggie Workman -Andrew Cyrille -Witch's Scream (TUM Records -2006).
Sono stato recentemente ad un concerto in solo di Andrew Cyrille. Avvincente. E dopo il concerto ho acquistato questo CD direttamente da lui. Ho suonato brevemente con John Tchicai prima che ci lasciasse, aveva una tale forza, una tale energia! Suonava e cantava ...

Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu

Read "Yamiyo Ni Karasu" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

If ever there were a restless musical spirit, it would be pianist, composer (and occasional accordionist) Satoko Fujii. The Japanese artist has issued more than sixty recordings in settings from solo to full orchestra and most everything in between. While she demonstrates virtuosic straight-ahead balladry on occasion, her preference has long leaned toward unorthodox improvisation. Fujii ...


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