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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta January: Chris Kelsey and Tomas R. Einarsson

Read "Jazz Quanta January:  Chris Kelsey and Tomas R. Einarsson" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There are two jazz traditions represented in Jazz Quant January, the freedom principle of saxophonist Christ Kelsey and cool complexity of Latin jazz by way of Icelander bassist Tomas R. Einarsson. Two traditions transplanted and allowed to flourish.

Chris Kelsey
Duets | NYC / Woodstock
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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Kelsey/Lewis Porter: Free: Kelsey/Porter Duo Plays Ornette, Vol. 1

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Intrepid saxophonist and recovering jazz journalist Chris Kelsey went to his longtime friend, renowned author-educator-pianist Dr. Lewis Porter, with the idea of recording some of Ornette Coleman's music. That's how Free came to be, plain and simple. But nothing is really that simple. Kelsey and Porter worked through this material for a year, allowing the music ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dom's Duos: Dom Minasi Meets Blaise Siwula, Chris Kelsey, And Hans Tammen

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Improvising musicians all pay lip service to the idea of working without a net, but most end up building safety precautions--no matter how slight or subtle they may be--into their work. Dom Minasi, however, isn't one of those musicians. The indefatigable guitarist has no interest in sonic safeguards or insurance. He's a law unto himself, creating ...

Practice, Do You? Part 2-3

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Continued from Part 1

I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...

NEWS: EVENT

William Parker Launches New Monday Jazz Series At Quinn's, New Music Venue In Beacon, NY On October 7 at 8 Pm

William Parker Launches New Monday Jazz Series At Quinn's, New Music Venue In Beacon, NY On October 7 at 8 Pm

The new Beacon, NY music venue, Quinn's, is proud to announce a new series of jazz sessions taking place every Monday night beginning in October. Hosted and curated by local musician James Keepnews, this series will present the finest and most cutting- edge artists at work in the music today, both regionally and internationally. For these Monday night jazz performances at ...

Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project

Read "Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Trumpeter Miles Davis' post-Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970), pre-hiatus (1975-1981) electric music--dense, loud, dark, funky, vast--has posed problems for musicians. The Yo Miles! collective, led by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Henry Kaiser, gamely approached it as a repertoire: these are songs, they seemed to say; let's just play them (and so they did, on albums ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project

Read "The Electric Miles Project" reviewed by Mehdi El Mouden

Chris Kelsey and What I Say say it all. The Electric Miles Project is definitely well thought-out, projected, masterfully arranged, and meticulously performed. Contrary to Miles Davis' school of thought, improvisation on this project seems not to have been part of the agenda. Kelsey clearly knows exactly how to pay tribute to the late legend and, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Kelsey & What I Say: The Electric Miles Project

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It takes no shortage of fortitude for contemporary artists to take on the electric Miles Davis. Banking off of his seminal Bitches' Brew (Columbia, 1970), the trumpeter headed for looser, louder and funkier fare, culminating in the twin two-disc releases, Agartha (Columbia, 1975) and Pangea (Columbia, 1976), two shows performed in the afternoon and evening of ...

Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio

Read "Confusion Bleue Live and in the Studio" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The collaborative combo Confusion Bleue is a rare a phenomenon on the contemporary jazz scene. Neither that the group utilizes sound snippets, nor that all their music is entirely improvised. confers on them a singularity. It is, however, the collective ability of its members to create intricate, highly orchestrated and profoundly moving pieces on the spot ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Unseen Rain Records Debut Release

Unseen Rain Records Debut Release

Four Extraordinary Recordings of Jazz and Improvised Music STEVE COHN: WE
PAT HALL TRIO: MULTIPLE QUESTION CHOICE
CHRIS KELSEY, TOM TEDESCO and JACK DeSALVO: STUTCHES
TOM DeSTENO TRIO: CORIOLIS SKY UNSEEN RAIN is a new label featuring high-definition downloads of contemporary jazz and improvisation recordings available exclusively at meyefi.com. UR's first new ...