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Alice Coltrane


For more than five decades, the Coltrane name remains at the forefront of modern music. It is lauded throughout the United States as well as internationally where it has received great acclaim. The musical offerings cover an eclectic variety of artistic expressions recorded on ABC Impulse, Warner Bros., and Impulse- Universal. She was born and raised in the religious family of Solon and Anne McLeod in Detroit, Michigan, once hailed as a major musical capitol. Alice became interested in music and began her study of the piano at the age of seven

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Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dodici anni dal debutto funk di Retox e dopo il sentito omaggio a John e Alice Coltrane di tre anni fa (Pursuance: The Coltranes) la sassofonista newyorchese realizza il disco della prima maturità, dimostrando di saper padroneggiare le molte influenze assimilate dall'infanzia. Influenze che partono dalla musica latina che ascoltava nel quartiere di Washington Heights ...


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Albert Ayler: More Lost Performances Revisited

Read "More Lost Performances Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

A state-of-the-art sonic restoration of obscure but historically important Albert Ayler material by Switzerland's ezz-thetics label, which with its parent label, Hat Hut, has been creating an audiophile archive of Ayler recordings with the support of his estate since 1978. All too often, “more" in an album title means “Beware: barrel scraping in ...

Article: History of Jazz

James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz

Read "James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Da circa un decennio il jazz statunitense e britannico vede l'emergere di giovani protagonisti che spezzano i confini tra i generi “colti" e popolari, operando una sintesi sfaccettata tra le molte espressioni della black music. Un torrente tumultuoso che viene alimentato dalle spinte politico-identitarie della comunità afroamericana (la rinascita dell'Afrofuturismo, il movimento Black Lives Matter), che ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

On Minimalism: Kerry O'Brien and William Robin in Conversation

Read "On Minimalism: Kerry O'Brien and William Robin in Conversation" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On Kerry O'Brien and William Robin, co-authors of the book On Minimalism: Documenting a Musical Movement (University of California Press).Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and LaMonte Young are stereotypically described as the “Big Four" of minimalism in music. While On Minimalism does nothing to undermine or belittle their pioneering ...


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New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Foremothers Nellie Lutcher, Victoria Spivey & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Foremothers Nellie Lutcher, Victoria Spivey & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Charu Suri, Ann Hampton Callaway, Sharon Sable, Michael Dease, Colette Michaan, Olivia Perez-Collellmir and Jennifer Wharton's Bonegasm, with birthday shoutouts to foremothers Nellie Lutcher (He's A Real Gone Guy, Hurry On Down) and Victoria Spivey (Black Snake Blues), vocalists Amy Cervini, Freddy Cole, Nancy Kelly, Amy London, Nona Hendryx, pianist ...


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Ostrava Days 2023

Read "Ostrava Days 2023" reviewed by Martin Longley

Klub Parník, Plato, Triple Hall Karolina, etc. Ostrava, Czech Republic August 28-September 2, 2023 Ostrava Days happens once every two years, mostly dedicated to the well-being of new music, composed for varying sizes of ensembles, right up to a fully-bloated orchestra. Sometimes, though, works will be penned for mere solo ...


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Vilhelm Bromander: In This Forever Unfolding Moment

Read "In This Forever Unfolding Moment" reviewed by Chris May

Ornette Coleman's haunting “Lonely Woman" is becoming something of a 2023 soundtrack. At the time of writing, we have had memorable versions from Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on Spirit Gatherer (Spirit Muse), and Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter on The Iridescent Spree (Edition), plus another couple of efforts about which the less said the better. ...


Article: Book Review

On Minimalism: Documenting A Musical Movement

Read "On Minimalism: Documenting A Musical Movement" reviewed by Ian Patterson

On Minimalism: Documenting A Musical Movement Kerry O'Brien and William Robin 449 Pages ISBN: 9780520382084 University of California Press 2023 Much like jazz, the origin story of minimalism is messy and hard to pin down to a date. And like jazz, definitions of minimalism can be rather slippery or ...


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John Coltrane: Sun Ship

Read "Sun Ship" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Why is a 180-gram vinyl reissue of John Coltrane's Sun Ship, remastered from the original tapes, important? If you are old enough, you'll remember the advent of the compact disc. After the CD was introduced in the 1980s, listeners abandoned their vinyl collections in favor of the promise of this new technology which was free from ...


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