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Tomas Ulrich

Cellist-composer Tomas Ulrich received music degrees from Boston University and the Manhattan School of Music. After attending a performance by the great Soviet cellist Mstislav Rostropovich at the age of eight, Mr. Ulrich was inspired to begin his musical journey on the cello. In addition to the traditional classical repertoire, Mr. Ulrich's work clearly demonstrates the influence of such diverse artists as Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Miles Davis,Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Dmitri Shostakovich and Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Ulrich has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Anthony Davis, Joe Lovano, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Derek Bailey, Ravi Coltrane, James Moody,Taylor Ho Bynum, Gerry Hemingway, Dom Minasi, Jason Kao Hwang, Dominic Duval, Ayman Fanous, Ben Allison, Ted Nash, Dave Douglas, Kevin James, Karl Berger, Hans Tammen, Coheed and Cambria, Natalie Merchant and Ivo Perelman

Remembering Dominic Duval

Read "Remembering Dominic Duval" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Around 1985, I got a call from a close friend and my drummer at the time, Tony Lupo. Tony and I had been friends and playing together since 1963. At that time, we were both into Be-Bop and as we grew in age, our musical tastes and interest leaned towards outside playing. Of course, we never ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dominic Duval: Follow Your Melody

Read "Dominic Duval: Follow Your Melody" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov

In memory of Dominic Duval: 1945-2016. This article was first published in October 2010. Bassist Dominic Duval is a mystery to many--even to those interested in free music. Seemingly emerging out of nowhere in the mid-1990s, over the course of 15 years he has built a formidable discography, firmly establishing him as one of ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

By John Pietaro I was heartily saddened by the sudden unexpected phone call: downtown’s unsung hero of Free Jazz, Will Connell, Jr., was hospitalized and non-responsive. Immediately the jazz and new music community rallied and the outpouring of love for Will was apparent. We’d all been preparing for his big moment at the front of the ...

ARTICLE: ON AND OFF THE GRID

Free Jazz Versus Free Improvisation

Read "Free Jazz Versus Free Improvisation" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Free jazz versus free improvisation. Are they the same? I submit they are not. Let's take a look at what makes up music. I was taught from the very beginning that music is composed of three parts: 1. Melody; 2. Harmony; 3. Rhythm. Now add improvisation to the mix, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Kao Hwang / Ayman Fanous: Zilzal

Read "Zilzal" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The duo release--Zilzal--further defines the evolution of two master musician/composers pursing the most imaginative alternatives to the status quo. In recent years, the inventive violinist/violist Jason Kao Hwang has been fully invested in exploring diverse compositional territories. His Burning Bridge octet is now firmly entrenched as a bellwether of genre-defying modern music with a distinct jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette

Read "Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series at Roulette" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

The Tri-Centric Orchestra Roulette Tri-Centric Orchestra Commissioning Series Brooklyn, NY Sept. 24-25, 2013 Addressing the audience at Roulette on Sept. 24, halfway through the first of two nights of the Tri-Centric Presenting Series, trumpeter and foundation executive director Taylor Ho Bynum acknowledged the influence of Artistic Director and spiritual godfather ...

Spiritualized, Connie Crothers, Allen Lowe & Vinny Golia

Read "Spiritualized, Connie Crothers, Allen Lowe & Vinny Golia" reviewed by Martin Longley

Spiritualized Secret Project Robot April 2, 2013 The English cosmo-psychedelic drugsludge-rock combo Spiritualized would usually be expected to play at one of NYC's larger venues, such as Terminal 5 or Webster Hall. Just prior to their U.S. West Coast dates, Spiritualized suddenly announced a micro-gig, leaking the ...

Else Kitchen

Label: amji
Released: 2012

ARTICLE: ON AND OFF THE GRID

What Is Jazz Now?

Read "What Is Jazz Now?" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Back in February, All About Jazz Managing Editor John Kelman asked me to develop a column based on points I made in the comment section of the article BAM or JAZZ: Why It Matters. I still feel the same way, but trumpeter Nicholas Payton's statement that jazz died in 1959 made me think, and I've been ...


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