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ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath - Marching to a Different Drum

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Early one August morning in 1964, seven people crossed the border by train passing from South Africa into Mozambique. It was an unusual group of people--five black men, one white man and one white woman. Any “mixing of the races" was, of course, immediately suspicious in apartheid South Africa. The six men--Louis Moholo, Chris McGregor, Dudu ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

WOMAD 2016

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WOMAD 2016
Charlton Park
Malmesbury
England
July 28-31, 2016

In 2015, half of the WOMAD festival's long weekend suffered a deluge of rain, the strength of its music having to do battle with a general spiritual soddenness. This year's edition thankfully featured uniformly pleasant conditions, with ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Brilliant Corners Lights Up Belfast Jazz Panorama

Brilliant Corners Lights Up Belfast Jazz Panorama

Brilliant news for jny: Belfast jazz lovers! Brilliant Corners, the city’s jazz festival is back for its eagerly anticipated second edition from March 26th to 29th and it promises to be an absolute cracker. Local musicians of the highest caliber will highlight the strength of the Irish jazz scene while international acts attest to the pulling power ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Zoe Rahman: Kindred Spirits

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Zoe Rahman

Kindred Spirits

Manushi Records

2012

Holy soul food, Batman! It feels good to listen to a musician who plays from the heart rather than the brain. Not that British pianist Zoe Rahman is deficient in the grey stuff or technique. She studied music at Oxford University, the Royal ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Richard Lewis

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Meet Richard Lewis:
“Classically trained under minimalist composer Brian Wilshere and by turns jazz drummer, folk guitarist and composer of scores, [Richard Lewis] has created a perfect synthesis of his various influences and experiences. His album, Untitled is a small marvel, full of hidden treasures, for which he summons not only flighty bursts of ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

John and Beverley Martyn: The Road To Ruin

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John and Beverley Martyn

The Road To Ruin

Universal/Island

2005 (1970)

The posthumous release of guitarist/vocalist/songwriter John Martyn's Heaven And Earth (Hole In The Rain, 2011)--the basic tracks extensively overdubbed, though not edited, by producers Garry Pollitt and Jim Tullio following Martyn's death in 2009--is welcome. Compositionally, it is not ...

Sun Ra Arkestra: Sunrise In Different Dimensions

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Sun Ra Arkestra

Sunrise In Different Dimensions

hatOLOGY

2010 (1980)



Sun Ra's discography is so vast, and its entry points so varied, that the late pianist and bandleader means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For most, Ra is probably best known for orchestral performances of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Danny Thompson - Allan Holdsworth - John Stevens: Propensity

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La Art of Life del volonteroso Paul G. Kohler continua nella sua attività discografica tesa soprattutto a riportare alla luce registrazioni di molti anni fa. Vecchie cose uscite solo su vinile negli anni sessanta e settanta, ormai non più rintracciabili oppure, come in questo caso, registrazioni mai pubblicate, rimaste nei cassetti di una etichetta discografica che è spesso disallineata ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Danny Thompson, Allan Holdsworth, John Stevens: "Propensity" Art of Life CD Release

Danny Thompson, Allan Holdsworth, John Stevens: "Propensity" Art of Life CD Release

Art of Life Records is pleased to present a previously unreleased recording by three legendary British musicians. Bassist Danny Thompson (Pentangle, John Martyn, Tubby Hayes, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson), guitarist Allan Holdsworth (Igginbottom, Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, Gong, Bruford, U.K., Tony Williams New Lifetime) and drummer John Stevens (Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Tubby Hayes, Derek Bailey). Recorded ...