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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

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While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Belgrade Jazz Festival 2018

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Belgrade Jazz Festival
Dom Omladine/Kombank Dvorana
Belgrade, Serbia
October 25-29, 2018

The 34th edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival maintained its exciting strategy of diverse programming, from Kurt Elling to The Thing, Marc Ribot to Bobby Shew, Cortex down to The Necks. That's already an enticing blend of ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash And Carry

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Ornette Coleman was one of the first to use two drummers in a smaller ensemble for his seminal double quartet Free Jazz (Atlantic, 1961). In doing so they established the template for dual interaction, as Ed Blackwell majored on drum patterns while Billy Higgins emphasized the cymbals. While the format has become much more widespread as ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms: From the Region

Read "From the Region" reviewed by Mark Corroto

An imagined overheard conversation in heaven between Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi goes something like this: “If only all music could swing this hard, there would be no need for war."

Okay, maybe it wasn't MLK and Gandhi, but it could have been Horace Silver and Joey Ramone.

In a trio format, Vibraphonist ...

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Mars Williams/Ingebrigt Haker-Flåten/Tim Daisy: Moments Form

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The secret recipe for a great free jazz recording is to develop and maintain the energy systems of your particular ensemble. The ingredients are, of course, first class improvisers and most importantly those musicians must be willing to collaborate.

The recipe seems obvious, but quite often the sum of the parts, when creating music ...

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Vandermark 5 and Atomic: Double Bill at the Vortex in London

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Vandermark 5 and Atomic
The Vortex
London
September 16, 2010

It was difficult to avoid a frisson of pleasurable anticipation at the sight of the handwritten sign proclaiming “Totally sold out" taped onto the door of north London's Vortex Jazz Club. A feeling compounded by the presence of the BBC's mobile recording unit parked outside. ...