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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Jazz Immuno-Booster mixtape series continues. This sixth installment features musical therapy selections by Thana Alexa, Francesco Bigoni, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Kris Davis, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, Alexander Hawkins, Will Holshouser, Ha-Yang Kim, Michael Mwenso, Jessica Pavone, Mark Turner, Happy listening! Stay safe and sane with the help of great ...

AACM: Together We Are Stronger

Read "AACM: Together We Are Stronger" reviewed by Chris May

With the passing in 2017 of the pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and trumpeter Phil Cohran, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965, lost the last two of the four musicians who organised its inaugural meeting. But with two succeeding generations of standard bearers stepping up to the plate, the AACM ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Newk, Clarinet Madness & More

Read "Newk, Clarinet Madness & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

June 2019 was one of those months with 5 Saturdays, so we got to play around with the music more. As usual, a mix of newer music from the likes of Theo Hill, Kate Reid and Anat Cohen--the latter two duos with Fred Hersch on piano. Then we have two, yes two, “compare and contrast": one ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For A Penny, In For A Pound

Read "In For A Penny, In For A Pound" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Innovative multi-reed player and composer Henry Threadgill is no stranger to adventurous projects. Starting with the groundbreaking trio Air four decades ago he has not stopped expanding his creative boundaries. The ambitious multi-part suite In for a Penny, In for a Pound highlights the unusual instrumentation Threadgill has always incorporated in his groups. Each ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Group: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Sharpe

What quirk of fate governs whether or not a band captures the public imagination? A star-studded lineup? A strong set of tunes? Or just the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time? For The Group--a stellar mid-'80s aggregation of New York City avant talent--all these preconditions seemed to be in place, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Boom Box: Jazz

Read "Jazz" reviewed by Henry Smith

Free jazz can have some fairly antisocial connotations. Too often, the term raises an undeserved fear in the uninitiated, as freedom can be scary. That hardly necessitates that it lack beauty, lyricism or intimacy, however; it simply means that those traits are arrived at by organic means rather than controlled ones. Few artists ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dessen Trio: Forget The Pixel

Read "Forget The Pixel" reviewed by Robert Bush

Trombonist Michael Dessen once studied with George Lewis, hung with Ray Anderson, and has ascended to their level on the creative improvising scene. Dessen has his own distinct style, one that values nuanced gestures as highly as it does exuberance; therefore his music creates a micro world of detail and organically developed themes. ...

ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

Gary Giddins on Ignored Black Jazz Writers

Read "Gary Giddins on Ignored Black Jazz Writers" reviewed by Greg Thomas

In the first essay for the Race and Jazz column, I gave a first-person account of how my love and appreciation of certain “white" saxophonists served to safeguard me from the temptation of racism back in college during the early-to-mid-'80s. My second essay privileged culture over race, and told the story of how attorney and constitutional ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Air: Air Raid

Read "Air Raid" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tempi felici per i threadgilliani. Quasi in contemporanea con This Brings Us to Volume II (sequel al giustamente celebrato This Brings Us to Volume I) e a pochi mesi dall'uscita del mega-imperdibile-cofanetto-feticcio della Mosaic sul periodo Novus e Columbia (Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air), arriva come manna dal cielo la ristampa Candid ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New French Chanson: "Eight For Matisse" Coming August 3

New French Chanson: "Eight For Matisse" Coming August 3

New French Chanson: Eight for Matisse: Digital Only, Out August 3 A new generation of French songwriters which grew up on New Wave, Electronica and British pop, has re-discovered the pleasures of writing French chanson. They draw from their cosmopolitan taste and usually update the genre, but they also remain faithful to the tradition of mixing ...


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