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Jazz pianist Bobby Few was raised in a neighborhood in the Shaker Heights section of Cleveland, Ohio, along with the influential free jazz player Albert Ayler. Growing up, they listened to Lester Young and Charlie Parker together. Both started gigging while still in high school, and went on to record together as they moved further into the musical exploration and passion of free jazz. Few performs on Ayler's Music is the Healing Force of the Universe, and a few years later played with Archie Shepp. He has also performed with bassist Alan Silva, drummer Sunny Murray, Steve Lacy and Noah Howard, among others.

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Article: Radio

A Tribute to Bobby Few

Read "A Tribute to Bobby Few" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A tribute to pianist, composer and improviser Bobby Few, who died in January 2021 aged 85. Whilst not well known outside of the jazz world he has a CV which many would envy working with some of the leading names in the business. There is music featured from across his career and impressive discography.

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Article: Jazz Poetry

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining


My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

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Article: My Blue Note Obsession

Booker Ervin: The In Between -- 1968

Read "Booker Ervin: The In Between -- 1968" reviewed by Marc Davis


There's a kind of music I like to think of as harder bop. It's a lot like conventional 1950s hard bop, but tougher, more muscular, more cerebral. Booker Ervin's The In Between is that kind of record. Ervin has an edgy style. It starts with a John Coltrane feel, then pushes a little further. ...

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Article: We Travel the Spaceways

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Dave Wayne


This album is a winner from the git-go. Brooklyn-based pianist Roberta Piket summons the spirits with a gentle, but emotionally direct solo piano rumination. Harmonically rich, with a probing depth that brings Paul Bley and Steve Kuhn to mind, Piket's invocation is just the first in series of golden moments on Op der Schmelz Live. A ...

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Article: Album Review

The Whammies: Play the Music of Steve Lacy

Read "Play the Music of Steve Lacy" reviewed by Troy Collins


The rich legacy left by Steve Lacy has been the source of numerous tributes since his untimely passing in 2004. Among the most devoted interpreters are Ideal Bread--a New York-based quartet led by baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton, who worked with the iconic soprano saxophonist, and The Rent--a Canadian ensemble founded by trombonist Scott Thompson, who took ...

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Article: Album Review

Undivided: Moves Between Clouds: Live in Warsaw

Read "Moves Between Clouds: Live in Warsaw" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Polish composer/clarinetist Wacław Zimpel is one of the most promising musicians from the European continent. He leads the pan-European-American quintet Undivided, collaborates regularly with key musicians from the Chicago scene such as Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy and Dave Rempis, and is a member of other local outfits. On Univided's Moves Between Clouds: Live ...

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News: Radio

Avram Fefer Featured on WKCR Musician's Show May 4th 6-9PM

Avram Fefer Featured on WKCR Musician's Show May 4th 6-9PM

In celebration of the release of Eliyahu—a brand new trio CD featuring bassist Eric Revis and drummer Chad Taylor. Avram will be previewing the new album in anticipation of the CD release show with Michael Bisio and Chad Taylor on May 9th at CSV Cultural Center in New York City. He will also be presenting an ...

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Article: Album Review

Jacques Coursil: Trails of Tears

Read "Trails of Tears" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Trumpeter, Jacques Coursil's Trails of Tears is quite simply, a monumental undertaking and a major work that ought to bring to light some of the earlier work that comments on colonialism in America, such as the equally important Gorée (Schemp, 1984), from Beaver Harris/Don Pullen 360˚ Experience; that composition itself being a strident dirge about the ...


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