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Itaru Oki: Kami Fusen

Read "Kami Fusen" reviewed by John Sharpe

This second instalment from NoBusiness Records collaboration with the Japanese Chap Chap label under the name of trumpeter Itaru Oki constitutes a real find. One of the pioneers of free jazz in his native country, Oki moved to Paris in 1974, subsequently working with many luminaries including saxophonists Steve Lacy, Noah Howard and Sam Rivers, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Kapp / Matthew Shipp: Cactus

Read "Cactus" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

After a productive period in the 1960s, drummer Bobby Kapp revived his career at the start of the millennium. Among his latter projects was The Fine Wine Trio with pianist Richard Wyands and bassist Gene Perla. The group was commissioned by the US State Department to tour Africa and Jordan as “Jazz Ambassadors." That music, being ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rashied Al Akbar / Muhammad Ali / Earl Cross / Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures

Read "Ascent of the Nether Creatures" reviewed by John Sharpe

The Lithuanian based No Business label deserves an award for its unstinting documentation of the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 1970s and early '80s. Often characterized as a time when nothing was happening, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. With the influx of new talent from the mid-West and California, the performance ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Shauli Einav: Opus One

Read "Opus One" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Given the sheer number, stylistic variety and extraordinary quality of jazz recordings coming out of Israel these days, it's safe to say that improvised music is alive and well in that embattled country. Even among the rarefied company of Israel's finest young jazz musicians, saxophonist Shauli Einav stands out as a uniquely accomplished and mature talent. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noah Howard Quartet: The Bremen Concert

Read "The Bremen Concert" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Alto saxophonist Noah Howard was a key player in the free jazz movement of the 1960s. He moved into the realm of that decade--a time when the atmosphere was rife with saxophonists primed to the calling. Born in New Orleans, Howard characterized his approach with a distinctive sensibility for gospel music that unraveled enticingly in his ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Noah Howard: Music In My Soul

Read "Noah Howard: Music In My Soul" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Noah Howard Music in My Soul Buddy Knife 148 pagg. - 18 euro Tra le tante figure “minori" del free jazz [e l'aggettivo “minore" non vada inteso come giudizio, ma solo come constatazione oggettiva di popolarità e influenza], quella di Noah Howard, scomparso nel 2010 a nemmeno settant'anni, è ricca di interessanti spunti. Specialista del sax contralto, debuttante nel 1965 per ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau

Read "Take Five With Kali. Z. Fasteau" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Kali. Z. Fasteau: Kali. Z. Fasteau is from a musical family, playing piano, cello, flute, and voice since early childhood in Paris and New York. Her piano teacher, for eight years, was Olga Heifetz.

She started improvising at age 14. She received post-grad degrees studying the music of Asia, Africa, 20th Century ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Noah Howard: Free Jazz Alto Saxophonist Dies at 67

Noah Howard: Free Jazz Alto Saxophonist Dies at 67

American-born free jazz alto saxophonist Noah Howard has died at the age of 67 years early morning Friday, September 3rd, 2010 A free jazz artist of the 60s and 70s, Mr. Howard came to critical acclaim again after returning to free jazz in the 90s due to recorded efforts with Cadence Jazz among other labels...first recorded in ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Drummer Muhammed Ali Interviewed at AAJ

Drummer Muhammed Ali Interviewed at AAJ

Though not as well known as his brother, drummer Rashied Ali (1935-2009), Muhammad Ali spent the 1970s as one of the busiest drummers in free jazz, primarily working in a cooperative Paris-based quartet with saxophonist Frank Wright, pianist Bobby Few and bassist Alan Silva, and known as the Center of the World Quartet. Born in Philadelphia ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Muhammad Ali: From a Family of Percussionists

Read "Muhammad Ali: From a Family of Percussionists" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Though not as well known as his brother, drummer Rashied Ali (1935-2009), Muhammad Ali spent the 1970s as one of the busiest drummers in free jazz, primarily working in a cooperative Paris-based quartet with saxophonist Frank Wright, pianist Bobby Few and bassist Alan Silva, and known as the Center of the World Quartet. Born in Philadelphia ...