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Art Ensemble Of Chicago

The Art Ensemble of Chicago is an avant-garde jazz ensemble that grew out of Chicago's AACM in the late 1960s. The group continues to tour and record through 2006, despite the deaths of two of the founding members. The Art Ensemble is notable for its integration of musical styles spanning jazz's entire history and for their multi-instrumentalism, especially the use of what they termed "little instruments" in addition to the traditional jazz lineup; "little instruments" can include bicycle horns, bells, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and a vast array of percussion instruments (including found objects)

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Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake

Read "Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Free Association is a series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various origins. Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Four Masters and More

Read "Four Masters and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

After a segment of 21st century music from Andy Fusco, Matt Criscuolo, Wycliffe Gordon and Fred Hersch, we go into celebration mode--saluting Sonny Rollins (with Max Roach) because he IS Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker and Dave Brubeck (with some gorgeous Paul Desmond on the rarely played 'Jazz Goes To College) on their centennial, and 2020 National ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile

Read "Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile" reviewed by Chris May

Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile Joseph Jarman 146 Pages ISBN: 978-1-733723-3-4 Blank Forms Editions / After : Still 2019 The welcome reappearance after over forty years of a lost treasure of the Black Arts Movement, written by the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Joseph Jarman. Black ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Chris May

The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones. Yazz Ahmed Polyhymnia Ropeadope The eagerly ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary" reviewed by Chris May

Art Ensemble of Chicago Barbican Hall Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary London November 23, 2019 There is nothing in the rule book which says that a band celebrating its 50th anniversary must avoid new material and instead trawl through its back catalogue. And in ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

Interschool Orchestras Of New York And Mingus Dynasty Present: Mingus at Liu Kumble Theatre on November 17

InterSchool Orchestras of New York and Mingus Dynasty are collaborating to present MINGUS. This concert features never-before-heard full orchestra arrangements of popular Mingus tunes arranged by Earl McIntyre. It will also feature Renée Manning and solo performances by Mingus Dynasty. DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019 TIME: 6 pm LOCATION: Long ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Trip Into the Jazz Room with selections from DJ Paul Murphy

Read "A Trip Into the Jazz Room with selections from DJ Paul Murphy" reviewed by Nick Davies

This shows features music from the Jazz Room complied by Paul Murphy which is out on BBE Records. The music goes deep with tracks from Imperial Tiger Orchestra, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. Sit back, put the headphones on and be mesmerised with 50 minutes of great music. Playlist Rez Abbasi “Wedding Preparation" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luca Pedeferri: Exultation

Read "Exultation" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Lecchese, trentasette anni, pianista e fisarmonicista, in questo suo nuovo lavoro Luca Pedeferri si rivolge all'opera di Henry Cowell, compositore, teorico e pianista californiano morto oltre mezzo secolo fa non ancora settantenne. Nove i temi rivisitati (con piglio squisitamente jazzistico, va detto subito, anche se non mancano gli scantonamenti in aree di umore più schiettamente contemporaneo), ...


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