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Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris was an American jazz cornetist, composer and conductor. Morris was born in Long Beach, California. Before beginning his musical career, he served in the US forces in the Vietnam War. Morris came to attention with saxophonist David Murray's groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Morris's brother, double bassist Wilber Morris, sometimes performed and recorded with Murray during this period. Morris led a group called Orchestra SLANG. The group features Drummer Kenny Wollesen, alto saxophonist Jonathon Haffner, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and others. He performed and presented regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, held annually in New York City

Article: Album Review

Kirk Knuffke Trio: Gravity without Airs

Read "Gravity without Airs" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Mi interessa fare della bella musica--dice il cornettista Kirk Knuffke--Anche se questa è in forma libera e d'avanguardia voglio che arrivi al cuore delle persone. Mi piace suonare veloce, forte e alto ma la bellezza è sempre al primo posto, anche se non in forme preziose. Può esserlo anche in modo ruvido». Sono ...

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Article: My Favourite Things

Achille Succi e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Achille Succi e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Vorrei che fosse l'espressività e la comunicazione. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Espressività e capacità di raccontare una storia, ed essere persone con le quali mi trovo bene umanamente. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Luke Stewart Silt Trio, Nublu Orchestra & Brodie West Quintet

Read "Luke Stewart Silt Trio, Nublu Orchestra & Brodie West Quintet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Bassist Luke Stewart is a prominent name in improvised sessions these days. His own Silt Trio has a very interesting new release, The Bottom, and it's the highlight album on this edition of One Man's Jazz. Also very interesting is Toronto alto player Brodie West's new Meadow Of Dreams; it's coming out the new Toronto label, ...

Article: Album Review

David Sanford Big Band feat. Hugh Ragin: A Prayer for Lester Bowie

Read "A Prayer for Lester Bowie" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La variopinta composizione di Hugh Ragin dedicata a Lester Bowie dà il titolo al nuovo album di David Sanford ma non ne esaurisce gli intenti. Il premiato compositore, bandleader e didatta di Pittsburgh aggiunge infatti sette suoi nuovi brani, confermando fantasiosa padronanza del disegno orchestrale in equilibrio tra linguaggio contemporaneo e tradizione. I ...

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Article: Album Review

Alberto Braida: Cats In The Kitchen

Read "Cats In The Kitchen" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Cats In The Kitchen by the trio of Alberto Braida, Silvia Bolognesi, and Cristiano Calcagnile is the embodiment of la sprezzatura, an Italian expression that has no equivalent in English but roughly translates as doing something extremely well without showing that it took any effort. The nine compositions penned by Braida, an accomplished pianist whose recent ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Album Review

Hans Koch & Paul Lovens: Nephlokokkygia 1992

Read "Nephlokokkygia 1992" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This live recording from a tour through Bulgaria in 1992 begs the questions: why Bulgaria? and, most importantly, why are there not more recordings from Hans Koch and Paul Lovens? Nephlokokkygia or “CloudCuckooLand" is seeing the light of day for the first time as, during the pandemic year of 2020, Koch edited tape recordings of the ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo

Read "Corrado Beldì il poliedrico: su NovaraJazz e non solo" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Dopo aver partecipato a NovaraJazz per un paio di giorni nel 2008 e nel 2011, ho incontrato di nuovo il suo direttore artistico Corrado Beldì al Talos Festival di Ruvo di Puglia nel 2014, quando di scena era l'Instant Composers Pool. Mi trovai di fronte un quarantenne giovanile, estroverso, sempre pronto a una risata contagiosa e ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis & Red Lily Quintet: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Vic Albani


Erano anni che il jazz attendeva un lavoro come questo. Splendido nella totale sua interezza, capace di riportare “il jazz nel jazz" dopo tanti anni e tante nuove incisioni che i critici hanno valutato con attenzione e spesso incensate come lo sforzo creativo del guardare avanti, pur “rimanendo nobilmente avvinghiati alla tradizione" e via di conserva. ...


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