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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Dessen: Somewhere In The Upstream

Read "Somewhere In The Upstream" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

L'organico di trio con trombone, contrabbasso e batteria non è particolarmente diffuso, ma può annoverare tra gli esempi più significativi la lunga, formidabile esperienza di Bass Drum Bone, in cui Ray Anderson, Mark Helias e Gerry Hemingway hanno scandagliato modalità espressive e dialogiche ad ampio raggio. Il trio guidato dal trombonista e sperimentatore di suoni Michael ...

Quinsin Nachoff: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's interesting how modern jazz performers come to the music from very different circumstances than those of players of bygone eras. Instead of learning their craft in a bar or bagnio, they went to a conservatory to sharpen their chops. What they lack in perceived street-smarts (the outdated 1950s hipster delusion of jazzman as junkie), they ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the first-ever CREATE Festival, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature classic works alongside world premiere performances. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, Connecticut, the festival will include performances ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks

Read "America's National Parks" reviewed by John Sharpe

While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes far beyond that. In fact Smith's notion of a national park encompasses not only the iconic landscapes, but also literary and cultural features. In any case as he explains, he draws his inspiration from ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wadada Leo Smith Is Recognized As A National Treasure And His New Double Album "America's National Parks" Is Out Now On Cuneiform Records

Wadada Leo Smith Is Recognized As A National Treasure And His New Double Album "America's National Parks" Is Out Now On Cuneiform Records

“Wadada Leo Smith, in the middle of his seventh decade now, has created a body or work that qualifies him as one of America's artistic geniuses, in a league with Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis. A visionary America's National Parks, along with virtually every recording he has released in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early stages of his career, bassist/composer Mark Dresser was working with the likes of Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, and Gerry Hemingway. His long track record of working in composition and improvisation has made him one of the most respected artists in creative music. On Sedimental You, Dresser surrounds himself with a top tier ensemble ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Mark Dresser has had a long, distinguished career in jazz and new music working with a long list of musicians that includes Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne, Anthony Davis and John Zorn but he hasn't recorded much lately as a leader. This project sees him leading and writing for a diverse group of familiar and relatively ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks

Read "America's National Parks" reviewed by Troy Collins

2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. In honor of this auspicious occasion, celebrated trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith composed a titular six-part suite for the Golden Quintet, an augmented version of his long-running flagship quartet. Rather than simply attempting to transpose scenic vistas and natural grandeur into pure sound, Smith explains in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks

Read "America's National Parks" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The U.S. National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016 (it was created in 1916 when Congress passed the Organic Act). There are many celebrations planned, but few are likely to match the power and individuality of Wadada Leo Smith's epic six-part suite. Over the two discs (a bit over 90 minutes total playing time) Smith ...