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Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

Read "Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Adam Rudolph has been seeking to push the boundaries of musical creativity for decades, developing a unique concept of composition, ensemble interaction, and conducting. As many writers have commented, his music resists critical commentary due to its prototypical nature. Said another way, Rudolph's music doesn't sound like anything else, and its antecedents are so varied that ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Do the Jazz Shuffle

Read "Do the Jazz Shuffle" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we have have decided to do the jazz shuffle, and by shuffle we don't mean the jazz rhythm, but the feature that allows to play anything on a hard-drive in a randomized order. A perfect approach to revel through unexpected pairings, daring juxtapositions and accidental non sequiturs. After all if one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sensaround: Heart/Noise

Read "Heart/Noise" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Sensaround is an electro-acoustic trio of Australian and Scottish lineage, co-led by the familiar names of Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald and the less recognized Shoeb Ahmed. Heart/Noise is the group's third release following the 2014 Isotropes (hellosQuare recordings). The music defies categorization, combining--as the musicians describe it--"jazz ambience, ghostly dub, and post-punk experiments...." It is ...

The Creative Music Improvisers Forum: New Haven's AACM

Read "The Creative Music Improvisers Forum: New Haven's AACM" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero

The late 1960s through the 1970s and '80s were difficult years for jazz and jazz-derived improvised music, but they were also years that saw musicians--by necessity--respond to these difficulties with creative solutions. With first the rise and then the commercial dominance during those years of rock music and the corresponding eclipse of jazz, creative musicians in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dixieland Revival – A Sense of History (1939 - 1955)

Read "Dixieland Revival – A Sense of History (1939 - 1955)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the 1940's, some twenty-five to thirty years into the history of recorded jazz, the sometimes violent reaction against the bebop revolution caused a hard look into the rear view and the jazz world focused on its own history. Many of the players who led the first jazz revolution were still alive, ready for prime time, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble: Live at The Currency Exchange, Volume 1

Read "Live at The Currency Exchange, Volume 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A Power Stronger Than Itself (The University of Chicago press) is the title of George Lewis' history of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). Published in 2008, its 676 pages tell the story of the first 43 years of the Chicago South Side collective that gave birth to musicians like Henry Threadgill, Wadada ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Henry Threadgill: la sintesi e gli specchi

Read "Henry Threadgill: la sintesi e gli specchi" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il settembre 2017 è stato per Henry Threadgill un mese di intensa vendemmia discografica: nel giro di pochi giorni, dal 24 al 27, il compositore e polistrumentista è entrato nello studio Water Music, New Jersey, con due formazioni diverse ma per molti versi complementari, e una bella mole di materiale. Uno dei due organici, denominato Double ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Inizia con una rullata. Fitta, uniforme ma chiara, ricca di risonanze. Lunga: solo verso la fine, dopo quasi quattro minuti, accenna un aumento dell'intensità e si ferma sul silenzio. Chiave o forziere ermeticamente chiuso? Così l'esordio del primo dei tre CD che compongono Pillars, lavoro impegnativo sia per chi ascolta che per chi lo ha prodotto, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More

Read "Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we begin with a profile of a the fresh jazz sounds out of the United Kingdom with The Beats and Pieces Big Band featuring the group's leader Ben Cottrell off their latest commemorative CD simply entitled Ten. It celebrates a full decade of their groundbreaking jazz groove. The hour continues with a mincing of ...


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