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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alvin Fielder / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith: From-To-From

Read "From-To-From" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This quartet represents a meeting of generations and their approaches to jazz and improvised music. The quartet resembles such early free jazz units as the New York Art Quartet or the Archie Shepp--Roswell Rudd Quartet. Veteran drummer Alvin Fielder--the eldest member, with an encyclopedic knowledge of modern jazz drumming--is known for his extensive collaborations with saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

Read "Old Stuff" reviewed by Nic Jones

Hindsight can be a wonderful thing. For instance, if this music is imbibed with a measure of it, it's possible to hear that the frontline of trombonist Roswell Rudd and saxophonist John Tchicai is one of the most distinctive in improvised music of recent decades. Rudd enjoyed, of course, a similar musical relationship with Steve Lacy, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steve Swell: Sound Miracles

Read "Steve Swell: Sound Miracles" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Trombonist Steve Swell captures the energy of a big band in the close quarters of a small group. An alumnus of Buddy Rich's and Lionel Hampton's bands on the one hand, and collaborator with Anthony Braxton on the other, he seems bound to have fixed upon such a hybrid configuration at some point. But how an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

Read "Old Stuff" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The New York Art Quartet was a short-lived group. Its first recording was the eponymous New York Art Quartet (ESP Disk, 1964), with the original line-up of alto saxophonist John Tchicai, trombonist Roswell Rudd, bassist Lewis Worrell and drummer Milford Grave. It was a highly intense band that parlayed free jazz into stunning directions. Worrell left ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Art Quartet: Old Stuff

Read "Old Stuff" reviewed by Troy Collins

Despite their involvement in the seminal 1964 October Revolution in Jazz concert series and a few high profile gigs in Europe the following year, the short-lived New York Art Quartet remains under-sung but legendary, with only two official studio recordings to its name--the self-titled 1964 ESP debut and Mohawk (Fontana, 1965). For years the only other ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New York Art Quartet - Old Stuff (Cuneiform)

The title of this timely compilation is a true statement at face: Nearly half a century has passed since the sounds were ensconced on tape. Even so, sitting down with the disc yields the pleasing realization there's next to nothing in the way of dust draping the music. The New York Art Quartet was at once ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Art Quartet: New York Art Quartet

Read "New York Art Quartet" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

New York Art Quartet è il primo dei due dischi che questa formazione registrò prima di sparire dalla scene nella seconda metà degli anni Sessanta (il secondo è Mohawk, registrato per la Fontana). Il quartetto, nato dopo la fine dell’esperienza dei New York Contemporary Five, univa alcuni dei più giovani free-jazzisti della prima metà degli anni Sessanta ed esordì ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Art Quartet: New York Art Quartet

Read "New York Art Quartet" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Alto saxophonist John Tchicai co-formed the New York Art Quartet in 1964 out of the ashes of the New York Contemporary Five. Enlisting trombonist Roswell Rudd (who arranged some of the latter group's book), the NYAQ was initially to include the Five's rhythm team of bassist Don Moore and drummer J.C. Moses. However, once drummer Milford ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

New York Art Quartet: 35th Reunion

Read "35th Reunion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Fluxus art happenings of the sixties are being recalled today by so many people “that were there,” that it is to laugh (ha ha). Like Fluxus, the free jazz loft scene was witnessed by too few. The music, with all its propulsive energy and (un)structure, was more of a rumored scene, then a music viewed ...