Content by tag "Mike Ladd"

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kassa Overall: Living in the Cut between Jazz and Hip Hop

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Drummer, rapper and producer Kassa Overall speaks about the intersection of jazz and hip-hop, the importance of getting “comfortable with being bored so you can get better at your instrument," the relationship between great drumming and the sounds of nature, how growing up far away from the “scene" gave him a strong sense of personal identity, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Lehman: Sélébéyone

Read "Sélébéyone" reviewed by Luca Canini

Due sarebbero i modi più appropriati e coscienziosi di iniziare questa recensione. Il primo: una rapida carrellata sui precedenti tentativi di contaminazione tra jazz e hip hop (entrambi i generi intesi nel senso più ampio e inclusivo possibile). Da Steve Coleman e Greg Osby alle lucide visioni di Mike Ladd e Vijay Iyer, dal Miles Davis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer: Mutations

Read "Mutations" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Alla fine anche Vijay Iyer si accomoda alla corte di re Manfred Eicher. E lo fa alla sua maniera, spiazzando chi lo attendeva al varco con una nuova rivisitazione del piano trio, o con l'ennesima escursione nel mondo del poetry insieme all'amico Mike Ladd, o con il recupero della via indiana al jazz insieme al collaboratore ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Vijay Iyer / Mike ladd: Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project

Read "Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Devo confessare che--pur nel rispetto delle opinione di tutti e ben consapevole che il percorso artistico di Vijay Iyer possa anche non piacere--ho trovato estremamente ingenerosi, talvolta ai limiti della stupidità, molti commenti negativi e invidiosi che si sono susseguiti nei social networks all'indomani della vittoria del pianista della prestigiosa [e soprattutto pecuniariamente corposa] MacArthur Grant. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2013

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Jazz keeps growing and evolving through all of its permutations and 2013 was another stellar year of music. It's always difficult to pick the best from a host of outstanding releases yet the task is a labor of admiration. Another cool thing about “Year End" lists is discovering something new. Here are just a few of ...

Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative

Read "Pi Recordings: Dedicated to the Innovative" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

In the pantheon of American music, jazz is especially noted for its rapid and drastic evolution. Considering that jazz evolved from big bands and swing, to bebop, to free jazz within thirty years, it is a history marked by distinct stylistic eras. For some time, the trajectory and potential development of jazz has been in question. ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eyal Hareuveni Best of 2013 List

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There were so many great releases in 2013 that inspired me, provoked my conceptions about music and art, disturbed my peace of mind and mainly, enriched my life. This list--presented in no particular order and enhanced with video and Soundcloud clips--represents the tip of my listening iceberg.

Kitchen Orchestra with Alexander von ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013

Read "Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Jazzdor Berlin 2013
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
June 5-8, 2013

The Jazzdor festival is part of Berlin's still highly attractive cultural and artistic climate of the post- wall era. The seventh edition of this four-day festival took place during the first week of June, 2013 at the Kesselhaus of a former brewery in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sleeping in Vilna: Why Waste Time

Read "Why Waste Time" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This transnational quartet blends poetry with intriguing, all-improvised sonic textures. On the poetry side are vocalist and hip-hop artist Mike Ladd, who worked with pianist Vijay Iyer on the staged projects In What Language and Still Life with Commentator (Pi, 2004 and 2007), and clarinetist Carol Robinson, who has recorded music from such experimental composers as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Black Music Disaster: Black Music Disaster

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The intriguingly titled Black Music Disaster is part of Thirsty Ear's Blue Series, which for over a decade has documented numerous cross-stylistic collaborations between artists from different genres. This live concert recording, taped in February 2010 at London's Cafe Oto, features a virtual indie summit meeting, presenting renowned avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp playing Farfisa organ, ...