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Eddie Harris

Eddie had always wanted to play the saxophone simply because he admired its design and the way it looked. But in order to play saxophone for Captain Dyette, the aspiring musician had to plat the clarinet. He took private clarinet and saxophone lessons for many years. As his playing improved, Eddie began his saxophone career playing with all types of bands. Captain Dyette retired in his mid-sixties and passed away in his mid-seventies. In the late 50's Eddie was drafted into the Army. While in the Army, he took an audition test for the Army band which included reading music, ear training, written phrases and command of the chosen instrument, Eddie scored a 98 out of 100

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Irreversible Entanglements, Goran Kajfes, Soul Gnawa & Other New Releases

Read "Irreversible Entanglements, Goran Kajfes, Soul Gnawa & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week's exploration of new and upcoming releases and releases features projects inspired by music from Benin and the Gnawa tradition of Morocco, hip-hop and electronica, as well as a tribute to Eddie Harris and the socially engaged music of Irreversible Entanglements. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted ...

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Eddie Who: Michael Blake's Tribute to Eddie Harris

Read "Eddie Who: Michael Blake's Tribute to Eddie Harris" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The latest project by veteran saxophonist Michael Blake and his long-time collaborators Clark Gayton on trombone and Tony Mason on drums is a heart-felt tribute to the legendary Eddie Harris. This mixtape features five tunes by Eddie Harris cherry-picked by Michael Blake mixed with music by Michael Blake selected by Mondo Jazz.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fabrizio Bosso Spiritual Trio: Un Lungo Viaggio nella Musica Nera.

Read "Fabrizio Bosso Spiritual Trio: Un Lungo Viaggio nella Musica Nera." reviewed by Paolo Marra

Lo Spiritual Trio di Fabrizio Bosso è tra i progetti più interessanti del panorama jazz italiano degli ultimi dieci anni. Con estro e originalità, Bosso l'organista Alberto Marsico e il batterista Alessandro Minetto, continuano la loro personale esplorazione di brani del repertorio della musica nera tra gospel, blues e soul. Il risultato è convicente ...

Peter Evans, Michael Leonhart, Sean Lennon, Jambinai & Axiom

Read "Peter Evans, Michael Leonhart, Sean Lennon, Jambinai & Axiom" reviewed by Martin Longley

Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo Roulette April 15, 2019 Trumpeter Peter Evans is a very familiar figure on the extreme scene, but the percussionist and electronicist Levy Lorenzo will be a new name to most folks. The pair have been jointly penning compositions, but these nevertheless have the feel of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Read "Monty Alexander: Still Rolling" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear ...

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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hidden Details celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Soft Machine's 1968 eponymous debut, a seismic event in the British psychedelic, jazz and rock music landscapes that still reverbates as the Canterbury scene/sound. This anniversary studio celebration also brought about Soft Machine's first tour of North America since 1974, with several 2018 shows featuring Gary Husband as guest ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

Read "Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband Rocks Piloo Records & Productions LLC 2019 The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

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Royal Hartigan & Blood Drum Spirit: Time Changes

Read "Time Changes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Drummer, pianist, and composer, Royal Hartigan, first encountered bassist Wes Brown and saxophonist David Bindman at Wesleyan University. The three were instrumental in the early development of the Ghanaian-American group Talking Drums and recorded Blood Drum Spirit (Innova) in 1993 with Kevin McNeal on guitar. The ensemble's follow up, Blood Drum Spirit: Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live ...

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Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana

Read "Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana" reviewed by Arthur R George

Jeff Chambers, long a go-to jny: San Francisco Bay Area bassist, looked at death closely and decided it was not yet his time. In 2017 his medical chart revealed Stage IV prostate cancer, commonly and fearfully an endgame diagnosis. Prostate cancer affects African-American men with almost twice the frequency as other races, and is almost twice ...


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