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Avreeayl Ra


Chicago master drummer / percussionist AVREEAYL RA was born in Chicago on May 21st, 1947 and still lives there today. He is a renowned musician always in demand among visiting jazz artists in Chicago. Avreeayl’s father, Arthur "Swinglee" O’Neil, was a tenor saxophonist who was mentor to many young Chicago musicians, including John Gilmore, later the mainstay of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. (Avreeayl reports that John Gilmore had a crush on Avreeayl’s sister and so spent as much time as he could at the family house.) Swinglee O’Neil played in one of Sun Ra’s early Chicago bands, and Sun Ra played in one of Swinglee’s groups as well. Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, his relationship with the seminal music organization having begun with early studies with AACM co-founder Kelan Philip Cohran

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Fonterossa Day #7

Read "Fonterossa Day #7" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Fonterossa Day #7 Teatro Sant'Andrea Pisa 16.4.2023 Settima edizione della rassegna dedicata da Pisa Jazz ai musicisti che ruotano attorno all'etichetta indipendente Fonterossa, creatura di Silvia Bolognesi, come sempre tenutasi nella suggestiva cornice del Teatro Sant'Andrea, chiesetta sconsacrata nel centro della città toscana ai bordi del Lungarno. La ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Duration Show - Joshua Abrams, The Necks, Made to Break, etc.

Read "Duration Show - Joshua Abrams, The Necks, Made to Break, etc." reviewed by David Brown

This week, I'm interested in exploring duration. 100 years ago this month, Louis Armstrong made his first recordings with King Joe Oliver. Those tracks were all 3 minutes or less--not a great vehicle for improvisation--but they made it work. Over time our ability to capture longer artistic expression increased, but attention spans vary. Tonight, we'll be ...



Label: Aerophonic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Survivors; Between A Rock; Viscosity.


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Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Jim Baker: Scylla

Read "Scylla" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Avreeayl Ra sets the tone for this entire live set as his voice and mbira open Scylla, “this is for all the survivors." According to Greek mythology Scylla was a beautiful woman who turned into a monster with four eyes and six long snaky necks with heads, each containing three rows of shark's teeth and 12 ...


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Mingus Centennial: The Composer + new releases

Read "Mingus Centennial: The Composer + new releases" reviewed by David Brown

Celebrating the centennial of the birth of composer, bandleader and bassist Charles Mingus. We'll feature Mingus compositions as performed by Henry Threadgill, Chuck D, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Harry Skoler, Yoko Miwa, Joe Henderson, Anthony Braxton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Then we'll spin Mingus last major work, Cumbia Jazz & Fusion. We'll start and end the ...


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Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emile Parisien & Felix Henkelhausen

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa, Emile Parisien & Felix Henkelhausen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Several debut recordings on this episode for you and music from Rudresh Mahanthappa & his Hero Trio, drummer Maximilian Hering from Germany, bassist Felix Henkelhausen also from Germany, the trio In Real Time (Carol Liebowitz, Adam Lane & Andrew Drury), Argentinean bass clarinetist Emma Famin, French saxophonist Emile Parisien & the striking duo of saxophonist Dave ...


Article: Album Review

Nick Mazzarella / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Avreeayl Ra: What You Seek Is Seeking You

Read "What You Seek Is Seeking You" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In a trio format, listeners have come to expect alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella to lead and write all the compositions. He introduced himself to the world with Aviary (Thought To Sound Records, 2010), and followed up with three more trio releases with bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Frank Rosaly, four if we count Triangulum (Clean Feed, ...


What You Seek Is Seeking You

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Track listing: What You Seek Is Seeking You; Setting Out; Recollection; Longing; Debris; Firekeepers; Latter Day Protest Song.



Label: ear&eyes Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Beginnings; New Three; Shape Twenty; Sketch Two; No Straight Lines; Shape Twenty-One


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