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NEWS: OBITUARY

Marion Brown (September 8, 1931-October 10, 2010) - Pieces of a Conversation

Marion Brown (September 8, 1931-October 10, 2010) - Pieces of a Conversation

Today I (and many in the jazz community) learned the news that alto saxophonist and improvising composer Marion Brown died a little over a week ago. He had been dealing with health issues for over a decade, and was in an assisted living situation in Hollywood, Florida. He was an early favorite of mine—a sweet ebullience ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Local Space and a Firm Cloud: Bill Dixon, Oct. 5, 2010

Local Space and a Firm Cloud: Bill Dixon, Oct. 5, 2010

Right now I'm listening to Berlin Abbozzi, a disc recorded in 1999 for FMP by Bill Dixon, who would have turned 85 today (or yesterday, depending on what time zone you're in). Here he plays trumpet and flugelhorn along with utilizing electronic delay, and he's joined by then-regular collaborator, English percussionist Tony Oxley, and the German ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Music Briefly Reviewed, September/October 2010

MIGUEL FRASCONI / DENMAN MARONEY
Gleam
(Porter) If you haven't heard the Glass Orchestra, seek out their Music Gallery Editions and private-press LPs from the late 1970s and the fantastic Tales of Siliconesia seven-inch. You'll be rewarded handsomely by their expressions of whimsy, humanity, and compelling interplay through improvisations utilizing glass, water and ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Burning Hard Bop of the Day: "Milestones" with Ted Curson and More

Ted Curson, trumpet
Pony Poindexter, alto
Booker Ervin, tenor
Nathan Davis, flute
Kenny Drew, piano
Jimmy Woode, bass
Edgar Bateman, drums

If you are in need (and we know you are) of some blistering expatriate hard bop ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Breifly Reviewed: Grex - Live at Home

GREXLive at Home(SUA) The second part of the AACM dictum of “Great Black Music—Ancient to the Future" surprisingly holds little cross-genre sway. Though groups of many stripes can lay claim to a broad range of influences and an output to match, a true understanding of those forebears is extremely rare, especially when those influences are both within ...

NEWS: OPINION

Incomplete Communion: Engaging Contemporary Post-Bop

I'll admit it—while I find a lot to enjoy in straight-ahead jazz, it's really hard to review straight-ahead jazz CDs. Part of this is a result of questioning where tradition and the mainstream fit in together, and if indeed they actually parallel one another in creative music. Bill Dixon had a way of putting this conundrum ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Music Briefly Reviewed, August 2010

OLIVIA BLOCK/KYLE BRUCKMANN
Teem
(either/OAR) The duo of composer and sound artist Olivia Block and reedman/multi-instrumentalist and composer Kyle Bruckmann has been in the offing for a decade, though Teem is the first iteration on disc. Because of Bruckmann's 2003 relocation to the Bay Area (Block resides in Chicago), the possibilities of real-time ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

A Tapestry for (from) Bill Dixon

A Tapestry for (from) Bill Dixon

When I mentioned to friends that I would be attending the memorial service for Bill Dixon at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery the last weekend in July, as with any situation where one mentions “death" and “funerals," the response was unequivocally apologetic. Those same people were probably surprised when I said it was something I ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Kees Hazevoet: Holland's Uncommon Observer

Pianist, multi-instrumentalist and improviser Kees Hazevoet was born in Amsterdam in 1948, and grew up in a family situation that welcomed both musical expression and an appreciation of nature. Hazevoet began his studies on piano quite young (his mother played the instrument as well). “I liked to play in the open air, so I bought myself ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

The Legacy of Bill Dixon (1925-2010) Part One

The Legacy of Bill Dixon (1925-2010) Part One

"Bill Dixon left us a lot of homework, and the job now is to sit down and do the work--because if you don't, when you see him again, Bill will kick your ass."--Stephen Haynes

In the month since trumpeter and improvising composer Bill Dixon passed away, some things have become abundantly clear. I've often found ...