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Vision Festival 2018

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23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977

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As Serious As Your Life: Black Music And The Free-Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977
Val Wilmer
408 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 78816 071 1
Serpent's Tail
2018

First published in 1977, journalist, author and black music historian Val Wilmer's As Serious As Your Life... makes a welcome print return at a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

35th Edition Of Jazz Em Agosto - John Zorn Special Edition

Jazz em Agosto celebrates its 35th edition this year with a program entitled “John Zorn Special Edition”, for 10 days, from 27 July to 5 August, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. For the first time in the festival’s history, the entire program of Jazz em Agosto is organised around a single musician, the North- American John Zorn, celebrating ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

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Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

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Bill Laswell/Milford Graves/John Zorn at The Stone

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Bill Laswell/Milford Graves/John Zorn
The Stone
New York, NY
December 19, 2017

How do you fit a camel through the eye of a needle? On December 19, the music summoned by Bill Laswell, Milford Graves, and John Zorn answered that very question: By starting with a larger needle, ...

Manolo Cabras

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1. Roberto Dani, Drama (stella nera, 2009)

Sono pochi gli artisti che riescono a esprimersi in maniera così naturale in solo. Un disco tridimensionale!!!!!

2. Edward Vesala, Lumi (ECM, 1987)

Per gli amanti dell'ECM anni '80. Un progetto decisamente originale con un'orchestrazione di ampio spettro e atipica. Divertente.

NEWS: RECORDING

William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio Bass Duo To Be Released March 24 On Centering Records

William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio Bass Duo To Be Released March 24 On Centering Records

On March 24, Centering Records (dist. by AUM Fidelity) will release Bass Duo, which presents the historic and only performance meeting of these two renowned and innovative bass masters, each representing distinct musical traditions; both fully committed to the summit at hand. It was recorded during the Udin&Jazz 2008 Festival in Udine, Italy at Teatro San ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Arthur Williams: Forgiveness Suite

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Forgiveness Suite belatedly constitutes trumpeter Arthur Williams' first leadership date. A mysterious and troubled soul who flew below the radar, even within free jazz circles, Williams surfaced on a handful of albums in the 1970s and 80s before dropping from view not long after. His most notable appearances are documented on saxophonist Frank Lowe's Lowe And ...

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Milford Graves al Centro di Ricerca Musicale di Bologna

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Milford Graves -"Cell Melodies"
Centro di Ricerca Musicale
Bologna
07-09.11.2016

Un evento unico. Un incontro fra musica e scienza nel segno di più generali connessioni universali dai risvolti quasi mistici. Una full immersion di tre giorni per presentare e verificare esperimenti sulle diverse risposte delle cellule staminali a differenti stimoli musicali. ...

Mette Rasmussen/Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano: Star-Spangled Voltage

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I prefer the moniker 'fire music' over the descriptor 'free jazz.' It does a better job illustrating what improvising musicians achieve when they venture into the driving rhythms and forward momentum of this music. Good free jazz sounds like a bonfire. Great free jazz sounds, and feels like a barely contained wildfire. This first meeting between ...