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Ari Brown

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Versatility has characterized the career of Ari Brown, a Chicago-based reedman and occasional pianist who plays hard bop and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. After growing up on the city's South Side and graduating from high school in the early '60s, Brown attended Chicago's Wilson College, where he met Jack DeJohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and others who would later become members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Brown played piano in mostly soul and blues bands until 1965, when he took up the sax and starting becoming seriously interested in jazz

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Since Time is Gravity

Label: Eremite Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Moontide Chorus, Is, Murmuration, Wane, Stigmergy, Immemorial, Wax, Gravity

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Article: Live Review

Jazzfest Berlin 2023

Read "Jazzfest Berlin 2023" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Haus der Berliner Festspiele Quasimodo Jazz Club, A-Train Jazz Club, Berlino 2-5.11.2023 C'era più di un buon motivo per stimolare quest'anno la decisione di raggiungere il Jazzfest Berlin: primo tra tutti, la presenza di un grande protagonista come Henry Threadgill, che giunto sulla soglia degli ottant'anni, con alle spalle una ...

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Article: Album Review

Natural Information Society: Since Time is Gravity

Read "Since Time is Gravity" reviewed by Danen Jobe


The concept of trance is one of the oldest in the world. Many older music forms embraced trance for their rituals. One is the Gnawa musical tradition originating in Kano, Nigeria and Morocco, which uses double and triple notes repeated sometimes for hours to induce a religious state while the singer sings stories of spirits. It ...

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Article: Interview

Kahil El'Zabar: Quiet Shaman of Spiritual Jazz

Read "Kahil El'Zabar: Quiet Shaman of Spiritual Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Percussionist, kit drummer and composer Kahil El'Zabar founded the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble back in 1977. The group's sixteenth album, the gritty, groovecentric and exquisitely lyrical Spirit Gatherer: Tribute To Don Cherry (Spiritmusic), will be released on April 21, 2023. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has seen relatively few personnel changes during its long history. ...

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Article: Live Review

Ernie Krivda and Theron Brown at Free Concerts in Cleveland

Read "Ernie Krivda and Theron Brown at Free Concerts in Cleveland" reviewed by John Chacona


Ernie Krivda and friends Ernie's front porch Lakewood, Ohio July 31, 2022 jny: Cleveland, Ohio is the birthplace of Albert Ayler and the late Abdul Wadud. It's where the Black Unity Trio recorded what was probably the first free jazz record to be independently released. The city's free jazz bona fides ...

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Cloud Script

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: In Place of Memory; Harbor; Echo Tracer; Duke Hill; Collapsing Novelty; Coniunctio.

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Article: Album Review

Joshua Abrams’ Cloud Script: Cloud Script

Read "Cloud Script" reviewed by Mark Corroto


You can take bassist Joshua Abrams out of his Natural Information Society, but you can't take the Natural Information Society out of Abrams. His long- lived ensemble, which traffics in long-form psychedelic environmental music, has made a permanent imprint on just about everything Abrams does. In bands led by Nicole Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Dave Rempis, and ...

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Article: Interview

Remembering Lester Bowie

Read "Remembering Lester Bowie" reviewed by Lazaro Vega


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in December 1999. Lester Bowie played several concerts and made one so far un-issued recording in the late 1990's with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio plus poetess Ntozake Shange. The evening of grooves, improvisation and poetry came to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in ...

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Article: Live Review

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 23-24, 2017 Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...


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