Content by tag "Spirits"

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Zem Audu: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Saxophonist Zem Audu was born in Nigeria and raised in England before pursuing his musical career in New York City. Along the way, Audu has developed a musical sound that blends his cultural influences to express a musical style that is an amalgamation of: Contemporary jazz, Nigerian Afrobeat, Caribbean rhythms and funk grooves. Audu's album Spirits, ...

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Albert Ayler: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Germein Linares

By the looks of it, Spirits seems like a no-brainer. The names on the cover look good: Albert Ayler, Henry Grimes, and Sunny Murray. But somehow the parts never add up, though. Sure, the album's four tunes wiggle plenty, producing the agitated jazz Ayler often preached; but, the motions on Spirits, unlike Ayler's better moments, resolve ...

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Michael Musillami Octet: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The Michael Musillami Octet shines throughout this tribute to the late multi-instrumentalist and composer Thomas Chapin. The talented ensemble--Musillami on guitar, Peter Madsen on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, Tom Christensen on saxophones and flutes, Art Baron on trombone and didgeridoo, Tom Beckham on vibes and marimba, Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, and Michael Sarin on drums--brings ...

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Michael Musillami Octet: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It was a good day when guitarist Michael Musillami and his band of seven went in to record songs by Thomas Chapin. Musillami, Peter Madsen and Michael Sarin shared a close familiarity with Chapin and his music, having played with him. The others came into the fit on Musillami's vision, which as the end results prove, ...

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Michael Musillami Octet: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by John Kelman

Convening some of the cream of the New York free creative music scene, guitarist Michael Musillami, best known for his post bop recordings, including last year's fine mainstream disc, Those Times , attempts something a little out of the ordinary--an entire set of material by the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin. While there is unquestionably a certain ...

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Pharoah Sanders/ Hamid Drake/ Adam Rudolph: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The New Thing of the 1960s was in many ways an insurgent movement- both building from and at the same time challenging the prevailing traditions in Jazz. Players like Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp were among the most outspoken and recognizable mutineers. But when the fires of insurrection abated in the 1970s, both men were criticized ...

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Pharoah Sanders/Hamid Drake/Adam Rudolph: Spirits

Read "Spirits" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I consider Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders to be the heir to John Coltrane’s earthly mission. As a young man he was taken under Coltrane’s wing, recording the spiritually turbulent music Coltrane made on Meditations, Live In Seattle, and Live At The Village Vanguard. Sanders searing tone was a piece of the puzzle John Coltrane worked on at ...