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Archie Shepp


Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: «The Communist», an allegorical play about the situation of black Americans. In the late fifties, Archie Shepp also met the most radical musicians of the time: Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, Jimmy Garrison, Ted Curson, Beaver Harris ... his political consciousness found an expression in plays and theatrical productions which barely allowed him to make a living


The Carnegie Hall Concert

Label: Impulse! Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Journey in Satchidananda; Shiva-Loka; Africa; Leo.


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 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Brandon Lewis, Kenny Drew, Satoko Fujii, Julian Lage

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Kenny Drew, Satoko Fujii, Julian Lage" reviewed by David Brown

We kick off the show with some works that blur the lines of genre from James Brandon Lewis, Mary Halvorson and the Chicago Underground Duo; move into a set of late '50s recordings by pianist Kenny Drew, and then take off in all directions from there: piano trios from Satoko Fujii, Marc Copland and Matthew Shipp; ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jonas Cambien, Satoko Fujii & Ivo Perelman Jonas Cambien

Read "Jonas Cambien, Satoko Fujii & Ivo Perelman Jonas Cambien" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The opening set recognizes Black History Month with poetry and spoken word from Shirley LeFlore, Kamau Daood & Langston Hughes. New releases sampled come from albums by Belgian/Nowegian pianist Jonas Cambien, the great Satoko Fujii with her Tokyo Trio, two by prolific saxophonist Ivo Perelman, guitarist Dave Harrington, the Chicago explorative piano trio of Jim Baker, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brandon Ross, Vinnie Sperrazza & Gordon Grdina

Read "Brandon Ross, Vinnie Sperrazza & Gordon Grdina" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

It's deep, it's different, it's unique and definitely original--the music of guitarist Brandon Ross & Phantom Station. Off The End is the feature album in this episode. Also new, drummer Vinnie Sperrazza & Apocryphal, the very creative guitar/oud player Gordon Grdina with two different albums, and a bunch of interesting music from Europe: saxophonist Signe Emmeluth ...


Article: Album Review

Paul R. Harding / Michael Bisio / Juma Sultan: They Tried to Kill Me Yesterday

Read "They Tried to Kill Me Yesterday" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When we speak of poetry and music, should we ask the chicken and the egg question? As in, which came first? Certainly there was music before spoken word, for imitations of bird calls and other nature sounds will have predated language. So, it's settled, right? Maybe, but not so fast. They Tried to Kill Me Yesterday ...


Article: Album Review

John Surman: Words Unspoken

Read "Words Unspoken" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hypnotic and many of its antonyms--stimulating, arousing, reviving--are old school hyperbole which very often separates the hack from the veteran of critical science. But sometimes those everyday words are exactly what need to be said to tell of music unlike everyday and most others. Words Unspoken is just that. Blowing free and unhindered since ...

Article: Album Review

Clifford Thornton: Ketchaoua Revisited + Arthur Jones Trio: Scorpio

Read "Ketchaoua Revisited + Arthur Jones Trio: Scorpio" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Clifford Thornton è una di quelle figure rimaste fin troppo fra le pieghe della mitologia (sia detto ovviamente senza alcun intento ironico) free, e più ancora il pressoché sconosciuto altosassofonista Arthur Jones, l'uno nato a Philadelphia nel 1936 e scomparso nel 1989, l'altro nato a Cleveland nel 1940 e morto nel 1998. Questa preziosa ristampa, che ...


Four For Trane To Live Newport 1965 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Syeeda’s Song Flute; Mr. Syms; Cousin Mary; Naima; Rufus (Swung, His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped); Rufus (Swung, His Face At Last To The Wind, Then His Neck Snapped);; Le Matin Des Noire; Scag; Call Me By My Rightful Name; Gingerbread, Gingerbread Boy.


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