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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2018

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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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Vision Festival 2017

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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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp Album To Be Released March 24 On AUM Fidelity

Whit Dickey / Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp Album To Be Released March 24 On AUM Fidelity

On March 24, AUM Fidelity will release Vessel in Orbit, the first new group music in over a decade from singular drummer-composer Whit Dickey. Created together with the impeccable improvisers Mat Maneri on viola and pianist Matthew Shipp, it is a richly melodic and deeply focused album; structural integrity and emotional resonance are paramount throughout. Each ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mara Rosenbloom Trio: Prairie Burn

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When thought outpaces action in music, the results are often staid and forgettable. Conversely, when thinking is suppressed in favor of ceaseless activity, the end results are often turbid, shambolic, and largely unlistenable. It's the power struggle between the two, along with the personalities controlling that struggle, that help jazz to expand, evolve, explore, and excite. ...

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

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The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio
Ibeam
June 13, 2016

This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

David S. Ware and the Wisdom of Uncertainty

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Every record label needs a beginning, a first release, but it is seldom that the initial release is a masterpiece. However, this is the case with Wisdom of Uncertainty, saxophonist David S. Ware's album from 1997, which was the inaugural release of Steven Joerg's AUM Fidelity imprint.

The name of the label is ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Swell: Kanreki: Reflection & Renewal

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To mark his sixtieth birthday (December 6, 2014), trombonist Steve Swell, long the pre-eminent trombonist on the NYC free jazz scene, invokes the Japanese custom of Kanreki. Although it is said to signal both a rebirth and a handing on of responsibilities, Swell shows no signs of allowing the occasion to inhibit his ambition. Over the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Will Mason Ensemble: Beams of the Huge Night

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New York City resident Will Mason, while pursuing a Ph.D. in music at Columbia University, took the time to submerge himself in the most Spartan and remote conditions of his native Maine for the inspirations of nature that become manifest in Beams of the Huge Night. The drummer and composer assembled an unusually populated septet to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darius Jones Quartet, Emilie Lesbros: Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation)

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La Brigitte del titolo è Brigitte Fontaine, artista “totale" (cantante, poetessa e altro ancora) francese, oggi settantaseienne, che fra le tante esternazioni del suo talento nel 1970 registrò un album, Comme à la radio, con l'Art Ensemble of Chicago. A lei il trentasettenne altoista Darius Jones, nativo della Virginia, dedica questo suo nuovo lavoro, per il ...