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Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More

Read "Rich Halley, Satoko Fuji, Ramon Lopez & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Those artists who have been able to sustain long careers and consistently move the music forward must be celebrated, and this episode recognizes two such examples who have new recordings out at the moment: Be Known: Ancient/Future/Music from Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, the group put together in 1976 by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, and Terra Incognita from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Infinite Spirit Music: Live Without Fear

Read "Live Without Fear" reviewed by Chris May

Britain's Jazzman Records has form when it comes to spiritual jazz. Its series Spiritual Jazz: Modal, Esoteric and Deep Jazz, now one release away from its tenth volume, has made accessible again some of the most worthwhile but near-lost African American music of the 1970s. The label also supports modern day British musicians. Stand out home-grown ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2018

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Suoni Per Il Popolo
Montreal, Quebec
June 1-19, 2018

The Casa del Popolo and Sala Rossa, the hub of the annual June celebration of avant music known as the Suoni Per Il Popolo, sit across from one another on Saint Laurent Boulevard just below the major intersection of Saint Joseph. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anansi Trio: On The Path

Read "On The Path" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The concept of a sax-bass-drums trio is not a new one, but Washington, DC's Anansi Trio puts a new twist on the idea through Mark Merella playing what he calls a hybrid drum kit, incorporating conga drums, cymbals and parts of a trap drum set. This adds extra measures of bounce and groove to his playing ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Carmen Rothwell: The Art of Intuition

Read "Carmen Rothwell: The Art of Intuition" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle, a city synonymous with alternative rock, has long sustained a provincial jazz culture, without a signature sound, but with an openness to innovative, progressive invention. To outside jazz partisans, the city is known for phenomenal high school talent that usually flies the coop, heading east for conservatory training and to pursue professional ambitions.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at The Center for New Music

Read "Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at The Center for New Music" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Center for New Music
San Francisco, CA
February 15, 2016

San Francisco's Tenderloin District is a down-and-out area which wags have christened “Twitterloin," (owing to the proximity of Twitter and other tax companies given tax subsidies to erect their palatial edifices in this culturally diverse neighborhood). And the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kahil El’Zabar's Ritual Trio: Follow the Sun

Read "Follow the Sun" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

I tempi dell'Etnic Heritage Ensemble, col suo polistrumentismo spinto e colorato, la sua ricerca delle radici attraverso una chiave comunque sperimentale, sono ormai per Kahil El'Zabar un ricordo. Quest'ultimo lavoro del suo Ritual Trio (gruppo peraltro a sua volta decisamente attempato, di cui nello specifico Payne e Trible risultano ospiti), inciso a Chicago nell'aprile 2013, ce ...

Kahil El'Zabar Ritual Trio: Follow The Sun

Read "Follow The Sun" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is safe to state that the percussionist Kahil El'Zabar has never made a mediocre or a mundane album and Follow the Sun is no exception. On this intriguing and provocative disc El'Zabar leads his group through five originals and four covers that he interprets with his signature, fluid touch.

Oscar Hammerstein II's heartsick standard ...

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Fareed Haque: Trance Hypothesis

Read "Trance Hypothesis" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Guitarist Fareed Haque answers the musical question, what if Jimmy Smith's chicken shack served tandoori chicken? His world music DNA--son of a Pakistani father and Chilean mother grants him the authority to make blender drinks of all the musics that are stockpiled in his brain.

A master of music in jazz, classical, and the ...

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Kahil El'Zabar: What It Is!

Read "What It Is!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I gruppi guidati dal batterista e percussionista dell'AACM Kahil El'Zabar in quattro decenni d'attività (l'Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, il Ritual Trio, il sodalizio con David Murray e formazioni coi massimi esponenti del free e post free) hanno avuto il pregio di esaltare lo spirito della Great Black Music, con particolare riguardo alle lezioni di John Coltrane e Pharoah Sanders. Se ...