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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season In Beacon, NY

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor Launch 2018 Season In Beacon, NY

“James Brandon Lewis, a jazz saxophonist in his 30s, raw-toned but measured, doesn't sound steeped in current jazz-academy values and isn't really coming from a free-improvising perspective. There's an independence about him.” —The New York Times “With an insatiable appetite for music on the fringe, drummer Chad Taylor has been an active participant in the creative music ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by John Sharpe

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is no stranger to plugged-in performance. Like Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis, his musical systems prove just as applicable to electronic as to all-acoustic environments. Indeed one of Smith's earliest such immersions was Yo Miles! inspired by Miles' 1970s guitar shredding bands. Multiple electric strings have also formed an integral part of ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Najwa

Read "Najwa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Wadada Leo Smith has been on an amazingly productive streak the last few years, creating ambitious work for all kinds of configurations, large orchestras, string ensembles, quartets, duos and solo. About the only format he hadn't explored lately was the dense electronic jazz-rock he's played in the past with his groups Organic and Yo! Miles. With ...

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Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 20-21, 2017

On the last two days of the festival, the Edgefest audience was treated to even more of the eclectic, explorative music that was present in abundance on Wednesday and Thursday.

Edgefest-goers who were able ...

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Karuna at LaFontsee Gallery

Read "Karuna at LaFontsee Gallery" reviewed by John Ephland

Karuna
LaFontsee Gallery
Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 23, 2017

Flute loops were the first sounds heard. Part of a music arsenal, the inconspicuous electronics served to heighten what was a vast array of traditional percussion instruments on hand. The duet Karuna was ending their spring 2017 Midwest tour before a modestly ...

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures: Glare of the Tiger

Read "Glare of the Tiger" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Back in the late 1960s/early 70s, maybe we weren't ready for it. The Beatles explored psychedelia and Indian music, as did a plugged-in Miles Davis. Then came John McLaughlin's Shakti, Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, and Joe Zawinul's Weather Report, to name a few heads of state. The music they played, which now might be filed under ...

Sonic Liberation 8 with Classical Revolution Trio & Oliver Lake: Bombogenic

Read "Bombogenic" reviewed by Dave Wayne

There are a few artists out there who are successfully merging authentic traditional Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms with 21st Century jazz in a way that refers to, but doesn't sound like, typical Latin jazz: Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra and Kip Hanrahan's various groups immediately come to mind. Taking their cues equally from the early 70s ...

Adam Rudolph - Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra: Turning Towards The Light

Read "Turning Towards The Light" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il percussionista e compositore statunitense Adam Rudolph è uno di quei musicisti ai quali qualsiasi etichetta va stretta. Basta scorrere la lista degli artisti con cui ha collaborato per rendersene conto: personaggi come Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, L. Shankar, Fred Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Omar Sosa, e soprattutto Yusef ...

Avram Fefer's Big Picture Holiday: Shimmer And Melt

Read "Shimmer And Melt" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's rescue the musical descriptor 'fusion,' a pejorative word used in jazz circles to connote a work of lesser weight and significance. We don't use that word when the jazz fusion is carried out by Tony Williams, Wayne Shorter, and in this case saxophonist Avram Fefer. His assemblage called Big Picture Holiday merges not just jazz ...

I 10 Cd nel CD-Player di... Adam Rudolph

Read "I 10 Cd nel CD-Player di... Adam Rudolph" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Alice Coltrane -Journey in Satchidinanda (Impulse! -1971).
Uno dei primi LP comprati e ancora uno dei miei preferiti.

02. Yusef Lateefand Adam Rudolph -Live in Seattle (Yal -2014).
Benché siano passati diversi anni da questa registrazione con Yusef, vi sento ancora cose nuove.

03. Toru Takemitsu ...