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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: INTERVIEW

Danilo Perez: Bridging Cultures and Dimensions of Jazz

Read "Danilo Perez: Bridging Cultures and Dimensions of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Whether with his own ensembles or as a sideman, Danilo Perez has long been an iconic jazz pianist, but above and beyond his success as a performer and recording artist, he has become a manifestation and symbol of cross-cultural dialogue. His music brings together mainstream and Latin influences in a unique way. He always brings something ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Johnny Griffin: Live at Ronnie Scott's

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Once known as the “fastest tenor in the west" for executing fast notes with ease, saxophonist Johnny Griffin leaves one last recording to remember him by with Live At Ronnie Scott's. The album documents a two-night engagement in May 2008, at the legendary London jazz club, to celebrate the artist's eightieth birthday, and features a host ...

Johnny Griffin: Live At Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live At Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Live At Ronnie Scott's is likely to draw in a lot of jazz listeners for two reasons. First, this album was the final recording that the late Johnny Griffin--known as a saxophone speed demon--made as a leader. While other unreleased material might make its way to the market at a later date, this is Grffin's last ...

Life After Rashied: Live at the Woodstock Playhouse 1965; Why Not?; Eddie Jefferson at Ali's Alley; Configurations--The Music of John Coltrane; Mystic Journey

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Burton Greene

Live at the Woodstock Playhouse 1965

Porter

2010

Marion Brown

Why Not?

ESP

2009

Rashied Ali Quintet

Featuring Eddie Jefferson at Ali's Alley

Blue Music Group

2010

Rashied Ali with Prima ...

Giuseppi Logan: The Giuseppi Logan Quintet

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Giuseppi Logan
The Giuseppi Logan Quintet
Tompkins Square
2010

In terms of surprising musical rediscoveries, 2010 has started off rather auspiciously with the first recording of reedman and composer Giuseppi Logan in over 40 years. Logan's appearances in the heady days of New York's fire music were scattered but strong ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marion Brown: Why Not?

Read "Why Not?" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Alto saxophonist Marion Brown came off playing with John Coltrane on Ascension (Impulse!, 1965) when he recorded two albums for ESP Disk. On the first, his eponymous 1966 release, the music was fiery and free-wheeling, underscoring Brown's presence as a potent improviser.

His second, Why Not?, saw him take a more altruistic approach. He moved away ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marion Brown: Why Not?

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Marion Brown
Why Not?
ESP-Disk
2009 (1966)



While the term “fire music" has held sway as a descriptor of the music of post-John Coltrane/Albert Ayler saxophonists from the 1960s onward, it's long been an incomplete summation of the work of most of these musicians. Alto saxophonist Marion Brown ...


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