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Why the World Should Remember Wardell Gray

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[This article is a commentary to accompany All About Jazz interviews about Wardell Gray with filmmaker Abraham Ravett and biographer Richard Carter, all of which are intended to bring readers' attention to this outstanding but under-recognized tenor saxophonist whose brief career spanned the transition from swing ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 CD nel CD player di... Francesco Chiapperini

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01. Charlie Haden -Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse! -1969).
Il lirismo della Liberation Orchestra di Charlie Haden e di Carla Bley racconta in maniera moderna lo spirito della guerra civile spagnola attraverso composizioni che trasudano di sofferenza, ma anche di speranza. A cucire il filo del free jazz che unisce i diversi brani del disco spiccano ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Odean Pope Quartet
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
July 19, 2014

Legendary tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, in addition to his international status and iconic recordings, often appears in Philadelphia, his home town, but usually in festivals, concerts, and other situations where he is part of a bigger mix. His one ...

The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika

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The Cosmosamatics--an ever-evolving ensemble co-led by multi-reedists Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus--was founded in 2000, though the seeds were arguably planted many years earlier. Half a century ago, Simmons was cutting his teeth with multi-reedists Prince Lasha, Eric Dolphy and others of the so-called free jazz movement. Marcus made his name in the avant/free circles of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Mazzarella Trio: Aviary

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Saxophonist Nick Mazzarella keeps things neat and succinct on this shortish (30 minute) introductory release. Although compact, this release is quite loquacious and, perhaps, a presage of great things to come.

All six compositions were penned by Mazzarella, and harken back to the early 1960s, and the rise of Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Mazzarella, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Prince Lasha - Insight (Dusty Groove/CBS UK)

Prince Lasha - Insight (Dusty Groove/CBS UK)

Flirtations with major labels are an infrequent occurrence for most free jazz musicians. For Prince Lasha the call came during a European sojourn in the mid-60s. Lasha assembled a crew of ten musicians in a UK studio, mixing and matching them on a standards-weighted program of six tunes. Fielding plastic alto like his old pal Ornette ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marion Brown: Why Not?

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Marion Brown
Why Not?
ESP-Disk
2009 (1966)



While the term “fire music" has held sway as a descriptor of the music of post-John Coltrane/Albert Ayler saxophonists from the 1960s onward, it's long been an incomplete summation of the work of most of these musicians. Alto saxophonist Marion Brown ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Odean Pope: A Singular Voice in the Choir

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Grounded in the Baptist spirituals of his youth followed by a musical upbringing in Philadelphia with the likes of John Coltrane and organist Jimmy Smith as mentors, tenor saxophonist Odean Pope is the bridge between hard bop and free.



His contributions to jazz are of major historical significance and through his over ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Prince Lasha: The Passing of a Sax-Man

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December 12, 2008 saw the unexpected passing of William B. Lashaw better known in jazz circles as Prince Lasha. It sent a shudder of disbelief through the jazz community from the San Francisco Bay Area to New York. His memorial was held in Oakland California at the Mountain View Cemetery, December 20th. The large, flower filled ...

Prince Lasha & Odean Pope Trio: The Mystery of Prince Lasha

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Si erano un po' perse le tracce di Prince Lasha, il versatile polistrumentista texano che molti ricorderanno a fianco di Sonny Simmons o Eric Dolphy, oltre che in un memorabile disco Impulse! a nome di Elvin Jones e Jimmy Garrison, Illumination! Come ci spiegano diligentemente le note di copertina in questi anni il nostro è stato prevalentemente impegnato a ...