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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Randy Weston: Brooklyn, Africa e ritorno

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Per ricordare il grande pianista statunitense, riproponiamo un'intervista del 1999 che ripercorre la sua vita e la sua carriera, dalla nascita a Brooklyn agli anni passati in Africa fino alla consacrazione dopo il rientro negli Stati Uniti.

Ogni anno, la facoltà di musica dell'università di Harvard, dedica parte del suo calendario accademico all'analisi ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Matthew Shipp, Marc Ribot, Dorado Schmitt & Randy Weston

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The Matthew Shipp Trio
Dizzy's Club
November 3, 2014

It's not often that a hero of New York's alternative downtown improvising scene ventures uptown to play a mainline jazz club. It's even more of a rarity for a Dizzy's set to consist of a single long piece. In fact, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Smith: Smokin' Hot Bassoon Blues

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All those who can resist reviewing--or reading a review about--a jazz / blues quartet led by a bassoonist, please raise your hands. No one? Very well, then, let us proceed. The bassoonist in question is Daniel Smith, and while his name may be unassuming, it would be good to report that there is nothing ordinary about ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Newport Jazz Festival: Newport, RI, Saturday, August 6, 2011

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Natixis Newport Jazz Festival
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI
August 6, 2011

On a hazy Saturday that started hot and grew more humid, violin and accordion walked a melody as Regina Carter's Reverse Thread opened the main stage at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. Will Holshouser's accordion puffed sounds inspired by zydeco ...

Daniel Smith: Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!

Read "Bassoon Goes Latin Jazz!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The bassoon seems to be the homebody of the orchestral woodwind family. This double-reed dynamo rarely leaves the confines of the classical world, instead finding contentment in its comfort zone, playing classic works of yore. On the rare occasion that the instrument does wander outside of its safety net to converse in other musical environments, it ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet:The Storyteller

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Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet

The Storyteller

Motema Records

2010

It's almost fifty years since pianist/composer Randy Weston first played in Africa and he has returned many times since--three times alone this year, 2010--absorbing the endless rhythms and colors of the mother continent. Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries Weston ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Randy Weston: African Stories, African Rhythms

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In over 60 years as a leader, pianist Randy Weston has achieved an incredible amount. He has recorded nearly 50 albums and has been hailed in the process as the natural heir to Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Three times he has been voted Downbeat's composer of the year, and his compositions have been recorded by ...