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The Song Poetry of William Parker

Read "The Song Poetry of William Parker" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The voice is close to the essence of what it means to be human. Through the voice, we express ourselves and sing our sorrow. It goes back a long way to hymns, blues, arias and standards. Through the tunes we tune in to ourselves and forget our daily strife.

When songs are best, ...

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Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Part 1 | Part 2

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 17-18, 2018

Keeping a middle-aged festival such as the Festival International de Musique Actualle de Victoriaville fresh and relevant is a challenge, but the program for this year's 34th edition of FIMAV assembled by ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

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Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

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Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

Aruán Ortiz Trio with Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Live in Zürich

Read "Live in Zürich" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Live in Zürich is the twelfth album from Cuban avant-garde composer and pianist Aruán Ortiz. Of those recordings widely available in the US, Ortiz has worked with a variety of group formats. His quartet released Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2013), was followed by a trio outing on Hidden Voices (Intakt Records, 2016) and two successive ...

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Vision Festival 2017

Read "Vision Festival 2017" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

New York's Vision Festival of innovative music marked its 22nd anniversary last month with another stellar lineup boasting pioneers of the avant-garde playing alongside a premier cadre of younger musicians. Presented at the historic Judson Memorial Church in the heart of Greenwich Village by Arts for Art, the festival featured six nights of challenging music, much ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases and two partial reissues, reviewed on All About Jazz, which stood out among the 200 or so discs that I heard this year.

Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson
Crop Circles
(Relative Pitch Records)

Over the last fifteen years or more, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist ...

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William Parker: Meditation / Resurrection

Read "Meditation / Resurrection" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La forza assertiva e la schiettezza sono caratteristiche evidenti nella musica di William Parker. Schiettezza intesa come combinazione limpida di atteggiamento positivo, umano, fiero. Dice lo stesso contrabbassista: “La musica riguarda la vita; ha sempre riguardato la gente e la salute dello spirito. Attraverso la musica, la vita sperimenta cambiamenti." E Joe Morris, chitarrista e contrabbassista, ...

William Parker Quartets: Meditation / Resurrection

Read "Meditation / Resurrection" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Bassist William Parker's Quartets (note the plural) presented here are, of course just a fraction of the ensembles he is currently organizing and working in. It is these 2 quartets that manifest the Yin and Yang that is Parker. The question might be, is his Quartet of trumpeter Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson, alto saxophonist Rob Brown, and drummer ...