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Content by tag "Hafez Modirzadeh"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline: Live At The Open Gate

Read "Live At The Open Gate" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran cornetist Bobby Bradford's penchant for conversational give and take in tandem with another horn is much in evidence on this 2013 live date from The Center for the Arts in Los Angeles. And in alto saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, a Professor of Creative/World Music at San Francisco State University, he has found a foil who at ...

Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline: Live At The Open Gate

Read "Live At The Open Gate" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Live At The Open Gate by the quartet of Bobby Bradford, Hafez Modirzadeh, Mark Dresser, and Alex Cline shouts “West Coast" from the drop of the stylus on this, a limited edition (of 500) LP. It's not because the session is from Center for the Arts in Los Angeles 2013, it's because the inspiration here emanates ...

Amir ElSaffar: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago area native, Amir ElSaffar has been working inside and outside the typical context of jazz since his Two Rivers Ensemble debut, Two Rivers (PI Recordings, 2007). The trumpeter and composer (and master santour player) has built a unique musical architecture based his study of the microtonal techniques of his ancestral Iraqi maqam. While ElSaffar was ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dave Douglas: There's Wisdom Everywhere in the Universe

Read "Dave Douglas: There's Wisdom Everywhere in the Universe" reviewed by Dave Wayne

We're republishing this June 2013 in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Dave Douglas's Greenleaf Music record label.

When All About Jazz last spoke with trumpeter, multi-bandleader, teacher, composer, marathon runner, podcaster, and record label head honcho Dave Douglas in November, 2011, he was in the Ukraine on the last leg of a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

Read "In Convergence Liberation" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso nel 2011 riunendo pagine tutte a firma del multistrumentista di origine iraniana (ma nato a Durham, Carolina del Nord, nel 1962) Hafez Modirzadeh, questo lavoro è per più di un verso emblematico di come si possa far felicemente convivere ambizioni compositive post-accademiche, seduzioni di memoria etnica e pruriti jazzistici di stampo contemporaneo.

Vi trovano ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

Read "In Convergence Liberation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Is music truly a universal language? That's a question that's a bit complicated to answer. While music has the potential to be a universal language, and it remains a common platform of communication for so many, it hasn't really fulfilled that potential thus far. Regional accents and dialects still abound, isolating and separating listeners and performers ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

Read "In Convergence Liberation" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Multi-reed player and composer Hafez Modirzadeh has created a sweeping global experience with In Convergence Liberation; a further examination of the cross-cultural influences explored on Post-Chromodal Out (PI Recordings, 2012). The earlier recording incorporated elements of multi-regional modalism and chromatics, and these compositional techniques are made even more textural with a significantly deeper line up of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

Read "In Convergence Liberation" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and ethnomusicologist Hafez Modirzadeh's In Convergence Liberation on the intrepid Pi Recordings label is an ambitious work, and one at which he admirably succeeds. The album is a single, unified entity made up of five distinct but interlaced suites that explore a primal spirituality and express it in timeless poetry.

Deftly merging ...

The Grand Canyon

Read "The Grand Canyon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Flying over the Grand Canyon on your way to Las Vegas is one way to see that huge gash in the earth, and standing on the banks of the Colorado River is another. From one perspective depth cannot be appreciated, from the other the enormity of it all. Such is the case with modern improvised music. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Amir ElSaffar: At Two Rivers' Confluence

Read "Amir ElSaffar: At Two Rivers' Confluence" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

There was a point during Amir ElSaffar's study of Arabic music where he almost didn't come back to jazz. He had gone to Iraq to study maqam, the system of melodic modes in traditional Arabic music, in order to bring some of the concepts into jazz. However, the experience proved to be a deepening one for ...


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