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Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Innovative multi-reed player and composer Henry Threadgill is no stranger to adventurous projects. Starting with the groundbreaking trio Air four decades ago he has not stopped expanding his creative boundaries. The ambitious multi-part suite In for a Penny, In for a Pound highlights the unusual instrumentation Threadgill has always incorporated in his groups.

Each ...

The Group: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

What quirk of fate governs whether or not a band captures the public imagination? A star-studded lineup? A strong set of tunes? Or just the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time? For The Group--a stellar mid-'80s aggregation of New York City avant talent--all these preconditions seemed to be in place, ...

Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by Henry Smith

Free jazz can have some fairly antisocial connotations. Too often, the term raises an undeserved fear in the uninitiated, as freedom can be scary. That hardly necessitates that it lack beauty, lyricism or intimacy, however; it simply means that those traits are arrived at by organic means rather than controlled ones.

Few artists ...

Michael Dessen Trio: Forget The Pixel

Read "Forget The Pixel" reviewed by Robert Bush

Trombonist Michael Dessen once studied with George Lewis, hung with Ray Anderson, and has ascended to their level on the creative improvising scene. Dessen has his own distinct style, one that values nuanced gestures as highly as it does exuberance; therefore his music creates a micro world of detail and organically developed themes.

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ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

Gary Giddins on Ignored Black Jazz Writers

Read "Gary Giddins on Ignored Black Jazz Writers" reviewed by Greg Thomas

In the first essay for the Race and Jazz column, I gave a first-person account of how my love and appreciation of certain “white" saxophonists served to safeguard me from the temptation of racism back in college during the early-to-mid-'80s. My second essay privileged culture over race, and told the story of how attorney and constitutional ...

Air: Air Raid

Read "Air Raid" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tempi felici per i threadgilliani. Quasi in contemporanea con This Brings Us to Volume II (sequel al giustamente celebrato This Brings Us to Volume I) e a pochi mesi dall'uscita del mega-imperdibile-cofanetto-feticcio della Mosaic sul periodo Novus e Columbia (Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air), arriva come manna dal cielo la ristampa Candid del secondo disco ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New French Chanson: "Eight For Matisse" Coming August 3

New French Chanson: "Eight For Matisse" Coming August 3

New French Chanson: Eight for Matisse: Digital Only, Out August 3

A new generation of French songwriters which grew up on New Wave, Electronica and British pop, has re-discovered the pleasures of writing French chanson. They draw from their cosmopolitan taste and usually update the genre, but they also remain faithful to the tradition of mixing ...

Guilherme Monteiro: Air

Read "Air" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il chitarrista Guilherme Monteiro, malgrado si contorni di musicisti di spessore tra i quali spicca il tenorista Jerome Sabbagh, rilascia un buon album, ma non completamente messo a fuoco, vago nelle intenzioni e negli sviluppi. Non che Air manchi di spessore stilistico e capacità interpretativa, ma sembra risentire - paradossalmente, va da sé - della doppia natura del leader, che ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Air

Read "Air" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There is a haunting quality to Frank Kimbrough's solo piano record, Air. There is only one other solo piano record that has this overall effect on the listener, and that is Keith Jarrett's The Melody at Night, with You (ECM, 1998). Jarrett's program on that disc is very different--mainly ballads and standards--while Kimbrough's strikes out on ...

Frank Kimbrough: Air

Read "Air" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Frank Kimbrough, who is very active in the Maria Schneider Orchestra and his own projects like the Jazz Composers Collective and the Herbie Nichols Project, relates in the notes to his intensely personal and introspective solo album, Air, that one of his first gigs in New York City was a solo gig on Bleecker Street ...