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Alexander Hawkins

Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. His writing has been said to represent ‘a fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music’ (Point of Departure), and his voice one of the ‘most vividly distinctive...in modern jazz’ (The Jazzmann). As a pianist, he has been described as ‘remarkable...possessing staggering technical ability and a fecund imagination as both player and composer.’ Concerning his organ playing, critic Brian Morton recently commented that ‘[t]he most interesting Hammond player of the last decade and more, [Hawkins] has already extended what can be done on the instrument.’ He is a frequent solo performer, and also appears in groupings ranging from duo (with the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Han Bennink and Sofia Jernberg), via his co-led quartet with the vocalist Elaine Mitchener ('probably a new standard for improvised music with song', Jazzism), through to large ensembles ('Unit[e]...is a free-jazz masterpiece', Free Jazz). An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, Matana Roberts, and Shabaka Hutchings, amongst many others

Shards and Constellations

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: If Becomes Is; Shards and Constellations; Danced Together; Sung Together; Peace on You; Strange Familiar; A Guess That Deepens; Serene and Playful; Albert Ayler (His Life Was Too Short); Is Becomes If.

Apura!

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Apura!; Heto Buhay Pa; State Of Emergency; Utang Na Loob; Totoo Yan; Siyanga Pala; I Eat Death Threats For Breakfast; Resist; CD2: FDT; Harana; Refugee; Warriors; Player Piano; Balikbayan; Consummatum Est.

Resonance & Rapsodies

Label: Dodicilune
Released: 2020
Track listing:
CD 1
Promise; Revelation; Homo Sum; Dedalus; Omumua; Resonance; Ad astra.
CD2
Adelante; Ergonomic; Ijo Ki Mba Jo; Monkonious; Villaraspa; To the Masters; China Syndrome; Violeta; Mad for Misha.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2020

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by John Sharpe

With so few performance opportunities since March, and musicians in continuing limbo, the continued stream of new releases has been a surprise, but a welcome one. For me, and many others, music has been a source of solace in an otherwise dreadful year. That makes it all the more invidious to pick and choose between honest ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tim Berne, Russ Lossing & Hot Heros and Iro Haarla

Read "Tim Berne, Russ Lossing & Hot Heros and Iro Haarla" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

New albums from saxophonists Tim Berne and Sabir Mateen, from guitarists Alex Ward and Dave Gisler with Jaimie Branch, Finland's Hot Heros joined by pianist Iro Haarla, and pianist Russ Lossing fronting a quartet this time. Top it off with Louis Moholo Moholo's Five Blokes live in London, add a whole bunch more great stuff including ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Pasquale Mirra e Hamid Drake al Roma Jazz Festival

Read "Pasquale Mirra e Hamid Drake al Roma Jazz Festival" reviewed by Serena Antinucci

Roma Jazz Festival Auditorium Parco della Musica Roma 12.11.2020 Camminando nei corridoi dell'Auditorium Parco della Musica c'è un silenzio anomalo, mai provato prima. Nella sala Petrassi, per il concerto di Pasquale Mirra e Hamid Drake, in diretta streaming sulla piattaforma Live Now, ci sono solo gli addetti ai lavori. L'incontro tra ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Ottaviano Extended Love & Eternal Love: Resonance & Rapsodies

Read "Resonance & Rapsodies" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Roberto Ottaviano torna a riunire la formazione con la quale nel 2018 aveva realizzato l'eccellente Eternal Love, ne sviluppa ancora le potenzialità e, non pago, compie un ulteriore passo in avanti, allargando la formazione da quintetto a ottetto --di fatto un doppio quartetto-- trasformandola in Extended Love. Con risultati, va detto subito, stupefacenti. Il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexander Hawkins, Tomeka Reid: Shards and Constellations

Read "Shards and Constellations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il fulminante incontro tra una coppia di improvvisatori e ricercatori tra i più in vista a livello internazionale, ben noti anche da noi per le collaborazioni con musicisti italiani, quali sono il pianista inglese Alexander Hawkins e la violoncellista statunitense Tomeka Reid, dà vita a cinquanta minuti di una musica perlopiù inquieta, imprevedibilmente serpeggiante e interamente ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2020

Read "Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2020" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

Photos from the Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz 2020 festival. Held in Sant'Anna Arresi which is located in the south of Sardinia, the festival ran from August 31 to September 6 and featured Hamid Drake, Alfio Antico, Alexander Hawkins, Anthony Joseph, Jason Yarde, Franco D'Andrea Trio, Jacky Terrasson, Roots Magic, Shabaka Hutchings and The Comet ...


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