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Giuseppe Doronzo: Goya

Read "Goya" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian baritone saxophonist Giuseppe Doronzo is the type of restless artist that continually looks for new resources from which to expand on the language of his instrument. In recent years he has utilized a variety of format platforms as launching points. With the self-titled debut of the quintet Falga (Self-Produced, 2016) and the subsequent AVA Trio ...

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Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

2017 was an exceptional year for artists who elude convention; veterans such as Wadada Leo Smith and relative newcomers like Abdul Moimême gave us unique musical insights. It was an outstanding year for solo recordings. Along with Smith and Moimême, Rob Mazurek, Matthew Shipp, Irish multi-instrumentalist Aine O'Dwyer, Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia, ...

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson: I Try To Remember Where I Come From

Read "I Try To Remember Where I Come From" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Originally from Chicago, baritone saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson calls Brooklyn, N.Y. home these days but absorbed the creative spirit resident in the Windy City's progressive jazz legacy early on his career, studying and performing with some of the best. For example, he learned a great deal under the tutelage of woodwinds master Mwata Bowden, who is a ...

Jonah Parzen-Johnson: I Try To Remember Where I Come From

Read "I Try To Remember Where I Come From" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago native and Brooklyn resident Jonah Parzen-Johnson has strong links to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), having studied with that organization's Mwata Bowden. Parzen-Johnson--a co-leader of the Afro-beat ensemble, Zongo Junction--plays the baritone saxophone and analog synthesizers in each of his lofi solo outings, to date. His new album I Try To ...

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow

Read "Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the hands (and minds) of certain artists, self-imposed limitations can actually become fertile ground for creative work- arounds, new strategies, new ways of seeing and hearing things. Multi-instrumentalist Jonah Parzen-Johnson is one such artist. Parzen-Johnson plays baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer simultaneously and spontaneously. No overdubs or studio trickery. As you might imagine, his music ...

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow

Read "Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Hymn-like melodies, oscillating and quivering sounds, and a mixture of solemnity and adventurousness all inform the solo work of saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson. On Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, Parzen-Johnson is all by his lonesome with his baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer, creating what could rightly be described as trance spirituals for the modern epoch or, ...

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow

Read "Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The young baritone saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson, a Chicago native and Brooklyn resident, has an enviable musical pedigree. With music degrees from NYU and Manhattan School of Music, he also studied under Mwata Bowden, of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and a member of the eclectic (but long defunct) 8 Bold Souls. Remember ...

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Strange Solo Sounds: SK Kakraba and Jonah Parzen-Johnson

Read "Strange Solo Sounds: SK Kakraba and Jonah Parzen-Johnson" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Sounds are all around us. Some of them are so familiar that we barely recognize them. Music is a special kind of sound. It puts us in touch with the world or provides an escape from it. Sometimes, music is even able to conjure a world of sound that is hard to imagine. It can be ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Jonah Parzen-Johnson

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Introducing Jonah Parzen-Johnson

This week, let's get acquainted via video with saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson, who will be in St. Louis to play at 8:00 p.m. this coming Tuesday, June 16 at Foam, 3359 Jefferson Ave. The $5 admission charge also includes sets from New Music Circle's Jeremy Kannapell and another opening act TBA. A Chicago native now residing in NYC, ...

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Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Michiana

Read "Michiana" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Michiana è il nome di una città di confine tra gli stati del Michigan e dell'Indiana, nella quale il giovane Jonah Parzen-Johnson è cresciuto e ha trascorso i momenti felici e spensierati della gioventù. Michiana non poteva che essere il titolo dell'album del debutto solitario dell'interessante baritonista residente a Brooklyn. Una sfida, un testa a testa con il suo ingombrante sax, la ...