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Andy Biskin

Andy Biskin is a clarinetist and composer with a broad range of interests. In addition to leading several ensembles in the New York area, he has composed scores for film, dance, and theater. Born and raised in Texas, Biskin studied music and anthropology at Yale and later worked as an assistant to folklorist Alan Lomax. His music, scored for the traditional New Orleans front line of clarinet, trumpet, and trombone, recalls early jazz and social music, but with sudden shifts in unexpected directions. Biskin's compositions have been compared to Raymond Scott, Charles Mingus, Charles Ives, Carla Bley, and Lawrence Welk. Biskin's debut album Dogmental, on Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings label, received widespread critical acclaim

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Article: Radio

The Enviable Genius of Ron Horton

Read "The Enviable Genius of Ron Horton" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A founding member of the Jazz Composers Collective, Ron Horton is a trumpeter of outstsanding lyricism and versatility. This mixtape highlights the many facets of his work as a leader as well as a sideman for the likes of Ben Allison, Will Holshouser, Michael Blake, Andy Biskin, Allan Chase, Jane Ira Bloom and pianist Andrew Hill, ...

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Article: Radio

Nicholas Payton, Carmen McRae's Centennial, Newk with Max Roach & More

Read "Nicholas Payton, Carmen McRae's Centennial, Newk with Max Roach & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Nicholas Payton appeared a few days ago at the Manship Theatre, downtown Baton Rouge. So, we thought it would be a fine idea to feature several selections from his most recent recording, Relaxin' with Nick. This week we start our Carmen McRae centennial celebration, featuring her with Jack McDuff, Phil Upchurch and Red Holloway 'live..'. a ...

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Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Label: Andorfin
Released: 2018
Track listing: Sweet Betsy from Pike; Grey Goose; Blue Tail Fly; Down in the Valley; House Carpenter; Go Fish; Lily Munroe; Tom Dooley; Muskrat; Knock John Booker; Am I Born to Die?; She'll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain; Sweet Betsy from Pike (Reprise).

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

Read "Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...

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Article: Album Review

Andy Biskin: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Alan Lomax's (1915-2002) field recordings and research heightened our awareness of folk music, i.e. Americana. He reintroduced many of us to our cultural origins where other musical genres received their humble beginnings. Shortly after graduating college, clarinetist, composer Andy Biskin was Lomax's research assistant. And here, the artist revisits the aura of Lomax's lifelong plight and ...

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Andy Biskin 16 Ton: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

Read "Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Maybe you're not the type of American comfortable shouting “USA...USA...USA!" at sporting events. You might though, reconsider the prohibition after listening to clarinetist Andy Biskin and 16 Tons' Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection. If you know your history you're aware the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, beginning just before WWII, recorded (and preserved) folk and blues music ...

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Old Time Musketry: Drifter

Read "Drifter" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Old and new collide and intermingle in a variety of appealing ways on Drifter, the second long-player by the Brooklyn-based collective, Old Time Musketry. It's funny, though, how old has become new and new has become old. J. P. Schlegelmilch, the keyboardist and primary composer for the band (he wrote all but 2 of Drifter's varied ...

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Act Necessary

Label: Strudelmedia
Released: 2014
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Article: Album Review

Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Questo CD del nuovo quartetto Ibid, anomalo nel coniugare tre fiati e una batteria, rappresenta l'ultimo approdo dell'onnivoro Andy Biskin, nato in Texas, formatosi alla Yale University e con molte esperienze nel suo bagaglio musicale. Si percepiscono echi del passato nel percorso movimentato di Act Necessary; evidentemente Biskin appartiene a quella schiera di artisti che non ...


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