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The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

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Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2016

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2016 has proven that jazz and creative music in general, are healthier than ever. Artists like Steve Lehman, Nate Wooley and Vijay Iyer continue to push the envelope while those like Bob Gluck find ways to make the old, very new. This list is--for the most part--outside the mainstream because that is where artists risk the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Core Trio featuring Matthew Shipp: The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp

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What we have here is no-nonsense free improvisation where the track titles are chronologically functional but the music has a mind of its own. This is the Core Trio, who in direct opposition to that kind of pragmatic naming convention, have consistently performed and recorded as a small combo with an additional guest. Robert Boston, Steve ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp: The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp

Read "The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

One trio. One guest. A single, forty-two minute, freely improvised piece. That's what you basically have here, but such a bare description doesn't do it justice.

The Core Trio--a group that has yet to actually record as a stand-alone trio--has an interesting history that seems to always revolve around personnel twists. The group ...