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Saxophonist-composer Benjamin Boone’s 2018/2019 Origin Records “Poetry of Jazz” releases, collaborations with the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Philip Levine, were recognized as milestone poetry/music projects. Voted the #3 “Best Album of 2018” in DownBeat Magazine’s 83rd annual Readers Poll (just behind Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis), praised in leading musical and literary publications, and featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” The Poetry of Jazz established Boone as one of the most compelling voices among contemporary artists exploring the intersections between poetry and music

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Article: History of Jazz

Bebop, Beats, and the Drive of Beat Literature

Read "Bebop, Beats, and the Drive of Beat Literature" reviewed by Arthur R George


"Mulberry-eyed girls in black stockings, Smelling vaguely of mint jelly and last night's bongo drummer... fling their arrow legs / To the heavens / Losing their doubts in the beat" of jny: San Francisco nights, announced poet Bob Kaufman's “Bagel Shop Jazz." (Solitudes Crowded with Loneliness, New Directions Publishing, 1965; Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman, City ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tenor Titans: The Many Sides of Chris Potter

Read "Tenor Titans: The Many Sides of Chris Potter" reviewed by Russell Perry


Chris Potter came on the scene in the early 1990s and proceeded to collaborate with a “Who's Who" of modern jazz including Paul Motian, Patricia Barber, Renee Rosnes, Billy Hart, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, and Pat Metheny. While his work as a leader is highly celebrated earning him standing among the best saxophone players ...

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Article: Album Review

Benjamin Boone: The Poets Are Gathering

Read "The Poets Are Gathering" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Saxophonist Benjamin Boone continues his ambitious foray into jazz and poetry, this time recruiting an impressive cadre of poets for his aptly entitled release, The Poets are Gathering (Origin, 2020). The union of poetry and jazz has never been so powerfly presented, reflecting the past year of the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, the universal role ...

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The Poets Are Gathering

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: That's My Son There (feat. Patricia Smith); Marooning (feat. Patrick Sylvain); Against Silence (feat. Tyehimba Jess); Poem By Poem (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera); Deconstruction Of Idols (feat. Dustin Prestridge); Truths (feat. Lee Herrick); The Poets Are Gathering (feat. Juan Felipe Herrera); Song (feat. Edward Hirsch); Spiral (feat. Marisol Baca); The Sun One (Homage To Sun Ra) (feat. T.R. Hummer); Your Man (feat. Patricia Smith); Impervious Blue (feat. T.R. Hummer); Black Man (feat. Donald Brown, II); Ports Of Sorrow (feat. Patrick Sylvain); Branch Library (feat. Edward Hirsch);These Current Events (feat. Kimiko Hahn).

Album

Joy

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Intricacies of Alice; Maiden Voyage; Slam; Curtain of Light; The 233 Jazz Bar; Without You; Joy.

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

2020 and Me

Read "2020 and Me" reviewed by Skip Heller


As I type this, it is December 8, 2020, the fortieth anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I was then a newly-minted barband guitarist, fifteen years old and thinking how the world —via the election of Ronald Reagan —and music had just suffered the worst season that could ever be. 2020 has been an ongoing ...

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Song of the Day

Against Silence

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:34

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News: Recording

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Broadens His Explorations Of Poetry & Jazz With "The Poets Are Gathering," Due Oct. 16 From Origin Records

Saxophonist Benjamin Boone Broadens His Explorations Of Poetry & Jazz With "The Poets Are Gathering," Due Oct. 16 From Origin Records

Benjamin Boone takes his fascination with the merger of poetry and jazz to stunning new heights on The Poets Are Gathering, set for an October 16 release on Origin Records. True to its title, the album finds the saxophonist-composer assembling a large group of acclaimed American poets—11 in all, including Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize), Patricia Smith ...


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