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Rashied Al Akbar / Muhammad Ali / Earl Cross / Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures

Read "Ascent of the Nether Creatures" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Lithuanian based No Business label deserves an award for its unstinting documentation of the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 1970s and early '80s. Often characterized as a time when nothing was happening, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. With the influx of new talent from the mid-West and California, the performance ...


William Parker: Centering - Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987

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William Parker

Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987

No Business Records


Nobusiness Records has been building up to this monumental, six-disc cache of unreleased early recordings by bassist William Parker for some time. The Lithuanian label's unsurpassed documentation of the New York City loft jazz era has so far encompassed reissues and ...

Charles Tyler: Eastern Man Alone

Read "Eastern Man Alone" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Charles Tyler fa parte di quella schiera di musicisti che hanno partecipato alla rivoluzione della New Thing senza assurgere alla statura di eroi o leggendari protagonisti, ma lavorando piuttosto nell'ombra o a fianco di stelle di prima grandezza. Come successe al nostro, che incontrò Albert Ayler a Cleveland lo seguì fino a New York entrando nella ...


Russ Gershon: Time Traveler, Four Million Years Later

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Twenty-five years is a long time in jazz. When saxophonist/composer/bandleader Russ Gershon founded the Either/Orchestra back in 1985, trumpeter Miles Davis was on the crest of his jazz/funk comeback wave, and the so-called Young Lions movement fronted by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was coming into prominence, just as Weather Report--the last of the great '70s fusion bands--was ...


ESP - Disk' Offers Entire Catalog of CD's for $9.98

Independent record label ESP—Disk' is pleased to announce its retail price for all single compact disks will be reduced from $12.98 to $9.98 effective Monday, October 25th for items purchased online at Select double CD's, including the November reissue of “The Complete ESP—Disk' Recordings of Pearls Before Swine" , will be reduced to a $12.98 ...

Frode Gjerstad: A Feral Storm from Norway

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In February 2010, Norwegian alto saxophonist and clarinetist Frode Gjerstad took the collective Circulasione Totale Orchestra to the United States for a few select performances, the first time the multinational group had been convened on American soil and a massive undertaking and feat of organization for the 62-year-old improviser. The orchestra consists of musicians from Norway, ...

David S. Ware and Joe Rigby: Loft Jazz Soloists

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In the void left by the deaths of saxophonists John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, among the cheap rents in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn offering space to artists and musicians, the presence of affordable loft spaces birthed an intersection of jazz scenes in the 1970s. The music itself favored a variety of approaches, mostly built on the ...


Charles Tyler: Charles Tyler Ensemble

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E' inevitabile ricordare Albert Ayler ascoltando questo disco. Il sax dolorante, l'astrattismo imperante, il ricorso agli strumenti ad arco, il parossismo della cantabilità tematica accostata all'esplosione free non lasciano dubbi. E infatti Tyler fu per anni, e anche in molti celebri dischi, parte integrante della cerchia dello sfortunato Albert. Un gigante che a quanto pare ne ha segnato anche la ...

Von Freeman: Vonski Speaks

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Von Freeman
Vonski Speaks
Nessa Records

The “musician's musician" is a tiring phrase--assuming that only someone who actually plays an instrument can receive joy from listening to players such as tenor saxpohonists Dexter Gordon, Don Byas and Ike Quebec, trumpeter Dupree Bolton or drummer Walter Perkins. None ...


John Hebert: Byzantine Monkey

Read "Byzantine Monkey" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

John Hébert's Byzantine Monkey begins with a loop of the traditional “La Reine de la Salle" sung by Odile Falcon in an ancient reedy voice, Hébert's improvised bass joining in, his lines at once swift and empathetic, lyrical and microtonal, his sound deeply resonant and every metallic buzz of string and finger captured. It's an arresting ...