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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Citadelic 2019

Read "Citadelic 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Citadelic
Citadelpark
Gent, Belgium
May 29-June 2, 2019

Free jazz with free admission. That's the appealing concept of the five-day Citadelic festival, which presents jazz, improvisation and other adventurous sounds, from around noon until around 10pm, in a continuous schedule that roams several dips and mounts, or caves ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Miles Davis' Rubberband, Kuba Wiecek Trio & KaMaSz

Read "Miles Davis' Rubberband, Kuba Wiecek Trio & KaMaSz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Two rather contrasting recordings highlight this episode: Dan Weiss with his trio augmented by a second bassist and Rubberband, the once-shelved and now revived release from Miles Davis which was recorded after he had left Columbia. On Weiss' album, he displays the chops (often with heavy rock influences) that make him such a high-in-demand player, while ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More

Read "William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Back in 2017, one of the great quartets was in a celebratory mood over the release of a new recording, so they booked the Shapeshifter Lab in New York for their record release party. Someone had the smarts to record those musical proceedings and the results are a new album by bassist William Parker and In ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

William Parker/In Order to Survive: Live/Shapeshifter

Read "Live/Shapeshifter" reviewed by Don Phipps

Another stellar effort from the genius known as William Parker, Live/Shapeshifter uses the immense talents of his “In Order To Survive" group -which consists of long time collaborators Cooper-Moore on piano, Hamid Drake on drums, and Rob Brown on alto sax--to craft a statement of free-wheeling dynamism at play. One of the top composers and bass ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz At Atlas Kicks Off 2019 Season With Thumbscrew

Jazz At Atlas Kicks Off 2019 Season With Thumbscrew

This cooperative project features a trio of gifted musicians and composers—guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer/percussionist Tomas Fujiwara—performing their own compositions and selected standards with an exacting prowess wed to a liberated swing that is glorious to behold. Thumbscrew performs on Saturday, March 30 at 8 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Cooper-Moore: Catharsis and Creation in Community Spirit

Read "Cooper-Moore: Catharsis and Creation in Community Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It's tempting to think of a life in music as a linear story with a beginning, middle and end, because that's the way life is: we are born, we live, and then we die. In this narrative, one could assume there will be highs and lows and masterpieces might emerge out of a misty fog of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Assif Tsahar / William Parker / Hamid Drake: In Between the Tumbling a Stillness

Read "In Between the Tumbling a Stillness" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist Assif Tsahar has deep roots in the free-jazz genre, having played with Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, Peter Kowald, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Herb Robertson, Cooper-Moore, and many others. Among his other associations are two albums with bassist William Parker, Sunrise in the Tone World (AUM Fidelity, 1995) and Mass for the Healing of the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

Read "Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs began his Frequency Response series in 2003 with Conscription (CIMP Records). The group--then a quartet--included tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and drummer Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Jason Candler, violinists Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski are later additions to Frequency Response. On their long-awaited fourth album Hawthorne, Abbs again stands in as a ...

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, ...