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Ambrose Akinmusire

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Ambrose's conceptual extension into a new musical language is never to the exclusion of beauty. As one who listens intently, he values the fertility of a pause, of communication, of tension. Ambrose began conceptualizing early as a musician, theorizing and experimenting as a catalyst for development. He seeks other genres of music to analyze and expose, drawing inspiration from such musicians as Bjork and Chopin. Ambrose’s music restructures accepted notions of jazz in a way that reflects his ability to recognize nuances, multiplicities, and patterns. First playing piano at the age of three, his familiarity with music began long before putting his mouth to a trumpet

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Patricia Nicholson Parker: A Disciplined Disregard for Traditional Boundaries

Read "Patricia Nicholson Parker: A Disciplined Disregard for Traditional Boundaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Patricia Nicholson Parker is a dancer, poet, and organizer of movement, music and causes. She is the founder and executive director of Arts for Art (AFA) and the Vision Festival. Entering its 27th year when this interview was conducted, the Vision Festival celebrates free jazz in all its forms, with a focus on equity, diversity and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Max Light, The Brenan Brothers, Sarah Jerrom, Altin Sencalar And More

Read "New Music From Max Light, The Brenan Brothers, Sarah Jerrom, Altin Sencalar And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature music from Max Light, The Brenan Brothers, Sarah Jerrom, Altin Sencalar, Tom Collier, Shabaka Hutchings, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis, Lucia Fodde, Tony Adamo, DigDogDo, Ulysses Owens Jr. and Generation Y, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Alice Coltrane. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Max Light “Times Had" from Chaotic Neutral (AGS ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

James Brandon Lewis: Jazz, Spirituality, and the Art and Science of Musical Abstraction

Read "James Brandon Lewis: Jazz, Spirituality, and the Art and Science of Musical Abstraction" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


The contemporary jazz world is currently witnessing an artistic renaissance, characterized by an upsurge in creativity and innovation. This movement is fueled in part by rising stars such as Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, and Isaiah Collier, as well as seasoned veterans like Charles Lloyd, David Murray, William Parker, Joe Lovano, and Bill Frisell, whose creative passion ...

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Article: Live Review

Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire at Rackham Auditorium

Read "Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire at Rackham Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Weather Bird: Sullivan Fortner and Ambrose Akinmusire Rackham Auditorium 27th Performance of the UMS 145th Annual Season Ann Arbor, MI March 22, 2024 When it comes to its annual concert series, Ann Arbor's University Musical Society utilizes Hill Auditorium and the Michigan Theater as the venues for the majority of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sahib Shihab, Danish Radio Big Band, Mohamed Najem

Read "Sahib Shihab, Danish Radio Big Band, Mohamed Najem" reviewed by David Brown


Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. This week, Sahib Shihab in Scandinavia; The Danish Radio Big Band as led by Thad Jones and Mhio Hazama. I'm also back from Paris record store ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Deux

Read "It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Deux" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Join our intrepid but grumpy explorers Mike and Pat and they continue their journey through the New York Times Top Ten list of Best Jazz Albums from 2023. The boys look at three more albums off the list and once again have questions about the selections. Then they discuss an album from 2023 not on the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Random Acts of Roach 3, Trudy Pitts, Pete Rugolo

Read "Random Acts of Roach 3, Trudy Pitts, Pete Rugolo" reviewed by David Brown


This week, new and recent releases from Ethan Iverson, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mary Halverson, and others; We'll continue with Random Acts of Roach, a month-long centennial celebration of the legendary drummer Max Roach; and why not, I'll share a bit of my recent obsession with the Pete Rugolo Orchestra, and much more. Old, new, in, out... wherever ...

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Article: Album Review

Micah Thomas: Reveal

Read "Reveal" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A drop mic, double plus good treatise by three very ballsy players--pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Dean Torrey, and drummer Kayvon Gordon--Reveal wastes no time stating its case, taking centerstage, and holding that promised land's glories tight. Recorded in one seven-hour session, Thomas's second far-flung outing as a Blue Note leader and his third overall (the self-produced ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ambrose Akinmusire, ladyybirdd, Enji, Joseph Branciforte, Theo Bleckmann

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, ladyybirdd, Enji, Joseph Branciforte, Theo Bleckmann" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We may regret missing out on the time when some of our jazz idols were building the foundation of the music we love, but we can still fantasize about them. We are lucky, however, to live at a time when there is a number of modern masters in action. One of them is trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, ...


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