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Cecil Brooks

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Swirling

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Satellites Are Spinning / Lights On A Satellite; Seductive Fantasy; Swirling; Angels And Demons At Play; Sea Of Darkness / Darkness; Rocket No. 9; Astro Black; Infinity / I’ll Wait For You; Sunology; Door Of The Cosmos / Say; Queer Notions (2xLP bonus track).

Album

Seductive Fantasy

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Seductive Fantasy.

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Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling

Read "Swirling" reviewed by Chris May


Saturn moved into the ascendant in October 2020 when the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen released its first studio album in over twenty years. Swirling presents new arrangements of both well-known and more obscure Ra tunes, played by a fifteen-piece lineup which includes band veterans and relative newcomers. It is ...

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Seductive Fantasy

Read "Seductive Fantasy" reviewed by Ian Patterson


It seems entirely fitting that “Seductive Fantasy," the single from the Sun Ra Arkestra's first studio album in twenty years, should be a reworking of an old song, one that dates back over forty years to On Jupiter (El Saturn, 1979). With Sun Ra it was ever thus; old is new and new is old. The ...

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Article: Live Review

Vilnius Jazz 2019

Read "Vilnius Jazz 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Vilnius Jazz 2019 Russian Drama Theatre jny:Vilnius, Lithuania October 16-20, 2019 Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women ...

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Article: Album Review

Gia Notte: Shades

Read "Shades" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


A glance at the set list for Gia Notte's Shades might initially elicit concern about another album of standards. However, fresh arrangements, a solid band, and a charming voice can make a tremendous difference between a ho-hum effort and something that warrants attention. Notte, born Margie but using the nickname Gia, began with piano ...

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News: Festival

OSPAC Jazz Festival 2009

A wealth of top jazz artists will perform at the Seventh Annual Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center Jazz Festival, Sept. 12 and 13. Among those appearing at the OSPAC amphitheater, 4 Boland Drive (off Prospect Avenue near Route 280) in West Orange, are the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars with bassist John Lee and trumpeter Claudio Roditi ...

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Radam Schwartz: Blues Citizens

Read "Blues Citizens" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


One of the cool things about the relationship between jazz and blues is that both genres grew from the same emotional roots. At times, the only clear distinction is a subtle change in how notes are played. Is it jazz that sounds like the blues, or is it blues that sounds like jazz? On Hammond organist ...

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Article: Live Review

Cecil Brooks III Trio at The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY

Read "Cecil Brooks III Trio at The Turning Point Cafe in Piermont, NY" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Cecil Brooks III Trio The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, New York November 10, 2008 Whopping bass drum hits resonate in your central nervous system. Cymbal taps sound as gentle and ethereal as wind chimes. Intemperate blows to every part of the drum set somehow manage to swing. These are a ...


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