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Trombonist Robin Eubanks Releases "More Than Meets The Ear," A Groundbreaking Big Band Album By Eubank’s Mass Line Big Band Out November 27, 2015

Trombonist Robin Eubanks Releases "More Than Meets The Ear," A Groundbreaking Big Band Album By Eubank’s Mass Line Big Band Out November 27, 2015

Multiple DownBeat critics poll winner and electric trombone pioneer Robin Eubanks has covered vast terrain in the course of a 30-plus-year career, but until this year he’d never made a big band album. That changes with the release of More than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare), a groundbreaking collection of Eubanks’ muscular, interwoven compositions. And it introduces ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Support Jazz in Philadelphia... Win a Tablet!

Support Jazz in Philadelphia... Win a Tablet!

Since the Fall of 2014, Philadelphia Jazz Project and our partner, Jazz Near You / All About Jazz have been engaged in a campaign to remind Jazz fans of the vibrancy of the music, as well as introduce new audience members to the wonders of Jazz & Grown Folks Music. Our goal is to develop a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jaleel Shaw: Philly Soul

Read "Jaleel Shaw: Philly Soul" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth ]

Jaleel Shaw has been one of my favorite young alto players for about a decade. We first played together with the Charles Mingus Band, and we kept in touch over the years. I've worked a few times in his ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Monnette Sudler: Daring To Dream

Read "Monnette Sudler: Daring To Dream" reviewed by Suzanne Cloud

She's not working. She's too sick. And it hurts to the bone that she can't play the way she used to because she has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) lung disease and is waiting for a lung transplant. Nobody knows what causes this scarring and stiffening of the lung tissue, hence the idiopathic part of the name, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Byard Lancaster, 70, Famed Phila. Jazz Musician

Byard Lancaster, 70, Famed Phila. Jazz Musician

Byard Lancaster, 70, the Philadelphia jazz musician who earned an international reputation as an avant-garde musical explorer in the 1960s and 1970s, died of cancer Thursday, Aug. 23, at KeystoneCare in Wyndmoor, according to his sister, Mary Ann Lancaster Tyler.

In the decades that followed his early fame, he became a local institution, playing saxophone and ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Byard Lancaster: From A Love Supreme to The Sex Machine

Read "Byard Lancaster: From A Love Supreme to The Sex Machine" reviewed by Clifford Allen

[ Editor's Note: This 2005 article was reprinted in memory of Byard Lancaster who died on August 23, 2012. ]

“From A Love Supreme to The Sex Machine" is reedman Byard Lancaster's personal aesthetic mantra, something that recalls the theme of the Charles Moffett tune “Avant-garde Got Soul Too."

Free jazz ...

Bill Dixon Orchestra: Intents And Purposes

Read "Intents And Purposes" reviewed by John Sharpe

At last Bill Dixon's almost mythical Intents And Purposes sees the light of day once again. The only sadness is that the trumpeter died in June 2010 before his monumental early masterpiece could resurface. Painstakingly transferred from the two-track masters, the disc is lovingly presented as a facsimile of the original LP with the album cover ...

The Bill Dixon Orchestra: Intents And Purposes

Read "Intents And Purposes" reviewed by Troy Collins

Intents And Purposes has long been revered as Bill Dixon's singular masterpiece. Out of print for years, the late trumpet innovator's magnum opus has been lovingly remastered and reissued on CD, by International Phonograph Inc., in a deluxe mini-LP styled package that replicates the original 1967 issue, providing an important opportunity to reevaluate this seminal work. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Recent Listening: A Bill Dixon Rarity

Recent Listening: A Bill Dixon Rarity

Bill Dixon, Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph). Dixon, who died last year at 84, is typically described as a force in the free jazz that emerged in the1960s. He was that, but Intents and Purposes defied labeling when Dixon recorded it more than four decades ago. This long overdue reissue confirms that the album withstands categorization. Its daring and forthright ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Byard Lancaster - Personal Testimony (Porter)

Originally circulated on Byard Lancaster's Concert Artists label in an extremely finite pressing, this 1979 solo manifesto is among the rarer Philly 'free jazz' artifacts. Filing it under that loose genre heading feels slightly suspect as jazz is only one of the stylistic kegs tapped in its creation. Lancaster folds in African, Asian and Native American ...