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Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

Read "Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 17-20, 2018

This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

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Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Perihelion

Read "Perihelion" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

È un musicista generoso e attivissimo, il sassofonista Dave Rempis, che molti conoscono come fantastico “specchio" di Ken Vandermark nei Vandermark 5. Merito di un'attitudine fortemente e ostinatamente free, della capacità di utilizzare tre strumenti (il contralto, il tenore e il baritono) con grande equilibrio funzionale e, non ultimo, di lavorare con continuità con alcuni colleghi ...

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Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Perihelion

Read "Perihelion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

These days, it's a luxury to have a working jazz band. It's funny to think in those terms, isn't it? Sure, that was a nice record, you think. But modern musicians, particularly jazz musician often play in multiple ensembles, in theatre productions, teach music lessons privately, and curate local music series. These things are often accomplished ...

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 28-29, 2014

The good folks at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival have a problem. Now in it's eight edition, the two day affair has attracted throngs of intelligent jazz listeners and too many 'must see' jazz acts. This year's festival held September 28-29 featured 40 ...

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Ari Brown: Groove Awakening

Read "Groove Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is easy to think of saxophonist Ari Brown as the heir to the late, great Chicago tenorists Von Freeman and Fred Anderson but that would not be a fair assessment. Far more than a successor, Brown is the youngest and remaining member of a powerfully unique musical triumvirate. His idiosyncratic style is equally appropriate to ...

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Dave Rempis/Joshue Abrams/Avreeayl Ra: Aphelion

Read "Aphelion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The blossoming of an artist is a beautiful thing. In order for a musician to thrive in today's jazz world, he must be willing to operate in multiple lineups, go on book tours, organize other musicians' shows, and record and promote his own music. A tall task, but saxophonist Dave Rempis has made the jump from ...

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Harrison Bankhead Quartet: Velvet Blue

Read "Velvet Blue" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Harrison Bankhead's time has come. The Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) is on a roll with the release of Velvet Blue. For decades, the bassist has been the bedrock upon which great Chicago jazz has been built. He was the foundation for legendary players like Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Malachi ...

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Nicole Mitchell: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Flautist Nicole Mitchell is visionary. Her music clasps a wide panorama of styles and sounds in a constant quest for the new, as she opens up a sonic spectrum that moves from quiet interludes to scintillating rhythmic motifs.

Mitchell brings the flute up front on this CD, working with a quartet rather than the ...

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Nicole Mitchell: Awakening

Read "Awakening" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Flautist Nicole Mitchell's generous improvisational abilities are at the musical heart of Awakening. Not only does she move effortlessly from single-note lines and sliding honks to wispy, soft timbres, but she is equally comfortable moving from pure melodic phrasing to more experimental, free content. Coupled with an exceptional trio backing, Mitchell's album crackles with infectious spontaneity. ...