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New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited

Read "Consequences Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This 2020 reissue of the New York Contemporary Five recordings from 1963-64 can't help but draw one's attention to the social unrest occurring in America in 2020. In 1964 the riots in Harlem and Philadelphia over police brutality were followed by similar riots a few years later in Watts, Newark, Detroit, etc. In the growing civil ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse: Dig

Read "Dig" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Guitarist Michael Musillami and bassist Rich Syracuse continue their engagement with the titans of the jazz world with Dig, their homage to Bill Evans. Like the discs that preceded it, Of The Night (Playscape, 2016), dedicated to Wayne Shorter and Bird Calls (Playscape, 2017), their salute to Charles Mingus, the duo approach this repertoire with both ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "Pat Martino Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pat Martino Quintet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA March 31, 2018 Legendary guitarist Pat Martino has recently made it a point of periodically performing at Chris' Jazz Café in his home town of Philadelphia. The management welcomes it because he has a large fan base and plays ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nicole Mitchell & Haki Madhubuti: Liberation Narratives

Read "Liberation Narratives" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Poetry and jazz. Jazz and poetry have a long history together. From Langston Hughes to Kenneth Patchen, the spoken word messages of the poets have fit hand-in-glove with African-American music. In 1957 Charles Mingus recorded “Scenes In The City," documenting the hardscrabble life of an urban jazz disciple. Then came Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Free Radicals: Outside The Comfort Zone

Read "Outside The Comfort Zone" reviewed by Roger Farbey

In their publicity blurb, Houston-based Free Radicals describe themselves as “a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice." In 1998, the Radicals' debut album The Rising Tide Sinks All warned against George W. Bush's Iraq war four years before it began. 21 years on, and with Outside The Comfort Zone, the band ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center

Read "Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Pat Martino Trio Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts A String of Pearls Philadelphia, PA June 18, 2016 The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) was founded a little over two years ago, under the direction of trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring some of the finest ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Natasha Agrama: The Heart Of Infinite Change

Read "The Heart Of Infinite Change" reviewed by Walter Atkins

The Heart Of Infinite Change (Roxboro Entertainment Group), the debut album from songwriter/vocalist Natasha Agrama is an intriguing ten-track mix of original compositions and impeccable jazz standards. The album consists of 3 songs with music and lyrics by Agrama, plus one each by Joni Mitchell and Osho with additional lyrics. The balance comes from personalized arrangements ...

Jazz Quanta June

Read "Jazz Quanta June" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Francy Boland Playing With the Trio Schema 2013 Duke Ellington's rare trio recordings are always a treat. Money Jungle (United Artist, 1963) a trio session Ellington made with bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach is readily memorable. The big band leader Ellington was clearly able to hold ...


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