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The Song Poetry of William Parker

Read "The Song Poetry of William Parker" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The voice is close to the essence of what it means to be human. Through the voice, we express ourselves and sing our sorrow. It goes back a long way to hymns, blues, arias and standards. Through the tunes we tune in to ourselves and forget our daily strife.

When songs are best, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

Brian Kastan "Roll The Dice On Life" New Fusion Double Album

WITH ROLL THE DICE ON LIFE, GUITARIST BRIAN KASTAN OPENS A WINDOW INTO HIS MUSICAL SOUL Full Of Raw Energy, This Dynamic, Guitar-Driven Double Album Features Vocals By Miles Griffith "Think Zappa 21st Century… Brian's Guitar is Just Killer."—Dick Metcalf Jazz-Fusion guitarist, Brian Kastan introduces his newest CD, Roll the Dice on Life. This double album showcases dynamic original ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The world seems more uncertain than ever before, but in times of uncertainty, music provides comfort and a hope that it is actually possible to communicate across borders, whether they be physical or psychological.

Among the releases that caught my attention this year, the one that meant most to me by far is ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Kayle Brecher: This is Life

Read "This is Life" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kayle Brecher is in the lineage of jazz singers like Sheila Jordan and Lisa Sokolov who use their voices as a serpentine instrument that slides through and around melodies as deftly as any jazz instrumentalist. On this CD she does her thing on a number of jazz standards, improvisations and original songs.

She performs ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Work From William Parker Featuring Lisa Sokolov & Cooper-Moore To Be Released On April 1, 2016

New Work From William Parker Featuring Lisa Sokolov & Cooper-Moore To Be Released On April 1, 2016

On April 1, 2016, a new album of William Parker's luminous compositions will be released on his own Centering Records imprint (distributed via AUM Fidelity). Stan’s Hat Flapping In The Wind presents new work from one of the jazz avant-garde’s most essential individuals, presented in one of the most traditional of forms: voice & piano duets; ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

In many ways, Saturday is a miniature of the entire guiding outlook and purpose of this annual love labor from Arts For Art. All elements, discussion, youth support, poetry and a well sequenced array of distinct and personal performance statements are present and the stalwart Matthew Shipp Trio speaks to the element of continuity. A FUTURE OF VISION (Honoring the Next Generation) 12:30 ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Vision Festival 19: Honoring Amiri Baraka The Legacy Thru Panels & Poetry

Vision Festival 19: Honoring Amiri Baraka The Legacy Thru Panels & Poetry

Since the first Vision Festival, in 1996, Amiri Baraka has been an important presence at Vision. But way before the Vision Festival he was a champion of the music, with his seminal books on Jazz, ‘Blues People’ and ‘Black Music’. For many of the other artists and audiences who have participated each year, Baraka has been an inspiration. For the last ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Roy Campbell Day Memorial At Roulette

Roy Campbell Day Memorial At Roulette

On Wednesday, February 26, the many dear friends and associates of the late Roy Sinclair Campbell Jr. will gather at Roulette through the efforts of Arts for Art. The performance begins at 6:45. A Slide Show featuring The Music of Roy Campbell 6:45PM - 7:00PM Valerie Morris, Roy Campbell's sister, will recall his remarkable life. 7:00PM - 7:15PM An Opening Song and Prayer will be ...

Leslie Lewis: Midnight Sun

Read "Midnight Sun" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz singing does not so much require an obedient voice as a directed but free-spirited one. There are few vocalists who can pull off the elastic fireworks of a Betty Carter, Lisa Sokolov or Tierney Sutton and fewer still who should even try. East Coast-West Coast vocalist Leslie Lewis has a beautifully perfect alto voice for ...

Lola Danza: The Island

Read "The Island" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Singer/composer Lola Danza is not a multicultural artistic presence, she is a pan-cultural artistic presence. This is fully exploited on her ensemble recording, Janya (Evolver, 2011). Her singing and songwriting hover in the neighborhood of jazz because terms like “new age" and “world music" don't seem to quite cover it. Live Free (Evolver, 2009) was exactly ...