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Avreeayl Ra

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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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Scylla

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

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Article: Album Review

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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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, ...

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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.

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Sketches

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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Article: Interview

Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis / Joshua Abrams / Avreeayl Ra / Jim Baker: Apsis

Read "Apsis" reviewed by John Sharpe


After appearing on one half of Perihelion (Aerophonic, 2016), keyboardist Jim Baker has joined Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis' working trio with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Avreeayl Ra on a permanent basis. In one respect the band seems one of the most traditional of the reedman's projects. That's largely down to how the ...


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