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Content by tag "Gil Scott-Heron"

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

Carmen Lundy: Code Noir

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Being a genuine jazz singer requires a dedicated focus on sincerity, enhanced individuality, and a commitment to honoring tradition. With Code Noir, songstress extraordinaire Carmen Lundy reveals herself as a gifted griotte, a female singer of praises, exploring the musical and emotional realms encompassing the African diaspora through the music of Black America.

As ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Akinola Sennon: Cousoumeh

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Trinidadian steelpan player and musical director of local steelband Siparia Deltones, Akinola Sennon's Cousoumeh is a mix of effective songwriting and performance and a daring leap into a new way of hearing improvised music from the Caribbean.

Ropeadope Records--an increasingly important record label in the U.S.--is home to steelpan jazz artists Leon Foster Thomas ...

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone: Sélébéyone

Read "Sélébéyone" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Steve Lehman's critically acclaimed albums have been topping national polls for more than half a decade. It's all the more an achievement when considering Lehman's unique, cerebral and ever-changing approach to artistic creation. His most recent project, Sélébéyone takes its name from this new group that Lehman founded in 2015. It incorporates elements of spectral music--where ...

José James: una grande voce per la Black Music

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La recente pubblicazione per la Blue Note di Yesterday I Had the Blues -The Music of Billie Holiday , torna a collocare José James in una piena cornice jazzistica. È una commemorazione della cantante e un approccio tradizionale che oggi James affronta senza paura d'apparire prigionero del passato. L'altro esempio riguarda l'album For All We Know, ...

Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra e Rahsaan Roland Kirk, visionari in video

Read "Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra e Rahsaan Roland Kirk, visionari in video" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello



Tre splendidi film in DVD, accomunati dal fatto di avere come protagonisti tre artisti afroamericani di straordinaria forza visionaria, Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra e Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
I primi due sono firmati dal regista Robert Mugge, artista da sempre focalizzato sui temi della musica nera (nella sua lunga carriera ha girato ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

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What Happened, Miss Simone?
Alan Light
320 Pages
ISBN: 1101904879
Atria
2016

It was singer and poet Gil Scott-Heron who said that Nina Simone was black way before it was fashionable to be black. A controversial and indisputable music icon and celebrity, her unique blend of jazz, pop and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Galen Weston: Plugged In

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Moving from his high school listening experiences of groups like ACDC and Kiss, guitarist Galen Weston discovered jazz through the influences of well-established guitarists such as Pat Metheny and Mike Stern. After attending the highly-regarded jazz program at Toronto's Humber College, Weston opted out of music for more than ten years while pursuing other business interests. ...

Charenee Wade: Offering - The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Read "Offering - The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson" reviewed by James Nadal

As it often happens with many artists so in tune with the times that they are actually ahead of their time, the immense contribution of musical/cultural revolutionary Gil Scott-Heron continues to be revealed and acknowledged. Albeit, there has been a perpetual cult surrounding this enigmatic figure which defied any sort of categorization both in music and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jose James at Dazzle

Read "Jose James at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Jose James
Dazzle
Denver, CO
April 23, 2014

Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Gil Scott-Heron. Mix them together, bring them into the 21st Century and you end up with something that sounds a lot like Jose James. Wednesday night at Dazzle, 36-year-old James brought his band and updated soul ...


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