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Partisans: Never the Same Way Twice

Read "Partisans: Never the Same Way Twice" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been five years since Partisans--the British jazz group (not to be confused with the also-British punk rock band The Partisans) cited as the godfathers of the new wave of British jazz, first emerging in 1997 with the out-of-print self-titled debut on the EFZ label--last released an album, specifically the superlative By Proxy (Babel, 2009), which ...

ARTICLE: AFROBEAT DIARIES

Felabration 2013

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Felebration 2013
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra & Guests
229
London, UK
December 14, 2013

The second package show to be staged in London this year in honor of Fela's memory, Felabration 2013--a celebration of what would recently have been his 75th birthday--followed Saluting the Black President, presented ...

NEWS: EVENT

Erik Truffaz & Amina Agossi Jazz Up The Lao People's Democratic Republic

Erik Truffaz  & Amina Agossi Jazz Up The Lao People's Democratic Republic

Jazz gigs are nothing like buses in Lao, as two buses never come along at the same time in the capital city, Vientiane. Nevertheless, jazz fans can look forward to the dizzying prospect of two jazz gigs on consecutive nights in the Lao National Culture Hall on the 26th and 27th of November. Swiss-French trumpeter Erik Truffaz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

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Recorded in France in 2012 and 2013, I Hear the Sound is a live recording of saxophonist Archie Shepp's oratorio, “Attica Blues," co-written and arranged with Cal Massey in 1971, which was first heard on an Impulse! album a year later. Most of that album, Attica Blues, is revisited, with some adjustments to the running order ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music

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Singer and composer Joseph Kabasele, aka Le Grand Kallé, is widely credited with the creation of “Congolese rumba," the most popular style in Central and East Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. In reality, Congolese rumba was born of several parents, but Kabasele's role in its creation was far reaching and has become the best documented. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miles Davis: Legendary Concerts

Read "Legendary Concerts" reviewed by Chris May

Like the curate's egg, parts of trumpeter Miles Davis' 1980s recordings and performances were excellent, and others considerably less so. The 1985 Columbia album, You're Under Arrest--of which the CD/DVD set Legendary Concerts was a partial live performance, with one important personnel change--was the strongest of the early to mid 1980s albums, on which keyboardist Robert ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dexter Gordon: North Sea Jazz Legendary Concerts

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The North Sea Jazz festival has an immense archive of filmed concert performances, which makes its Legendary Concerts CD/DVD series an eye-wateringly interesting prospect. The first eight volumes--featuring tenor saxophonists Dexter Gordon, Yuri Honing and Wayne Shorter, pianist Michael Borstlap, guitarist Jan Akkerman, and trumpeters Miles Davis, Eric Vloeimans and Dizzy Gillespie--are all cherry-pickingly good, and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Brian Haas / Matt Chamberlain: Frames

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It is not often an album confounds expectations to the degree that Frames does. And confounds them not just once but twice.

The first expectation arises from the players' histories. Brian Haas is best known for his work with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the spectacularly trans-genre band which the pianist co-founded twenty years ago. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ahmad Jamal: Saturday Morning

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"Play like Jamal," Miles Davis told his pianists in the mid 1950s. The trumpeter was not shy about recruiting band leaders or poaching their musicians, so you might suppose he canvassed Jamal. But the pianist maintains Davis never popped the question. Interviewed in 2012, he side-stepped the subject, saying that he was in any case too ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ornette Coleman / Bachir Attar / The Master Musicians of Jajouka: The Road to Jajouka

Read "The Road to Jajouka" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz has been mixing it up with traditional Moroccan music for almost fifty years. Pianist Randy Weston was a pioneer in the late 1960s, followed by saxophonist Ornette Coleman in the early 1970s. A modern successor to those early adventurers is Boston's Club D'Elf, which describes itself as a “Moroccan-dosed psychedelic dub and jazz collective." Club ...


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