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Charles Mingus

One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church— choir and group singing— and from "hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old." He studied double bass and composition in a formal way (five years with H. Rheinshagen, principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic, and compositional techniques with the legendary Lloyd Reese) while absorbing vernacular music from the great jazz masters, first-hand

@ Bremen 1964 & 1975

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc 1: Hope So Eric; Fables Of Faubus. Disc 2: Piano Solo; Sophisticated Lady; Parkeriana; Meditations On Integration. Disc 3: Sue’s Changes; For Harry Carney. Disc 4: Free Cell Block F ‘Tis Nazi USA; Black Bat And Poles; Fables Of Faubus; Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love; Cherokee; Remember Rockefeller At Attica; Devil’s Blues.

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What, and Give Up Showbiz?

Read "What, and Give Up Showbiz?" reviewed by Doug Hall

What, and Give Up Showbiz: Six Decades in the Music Business Fred Taylor (with Richard Vacca) 276 Pages 978-1493051847 Backbeat Books 2020 In his recently released biography What, and Give Up Showbiz?: Six Decades in the Music Business, jny: Boston's late legendary and iconic music impresario Fred Taylor ...

Yusef Lateef: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Blowing Cultural Nationalism Out Of The Water

Read "Yusef Lateef: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Blowing Cultural Nationalism Out Of The Water" reviewed by Chris May

A pioneer of global and modal jazz, the multi-instrumentalist and composer Yusef Lateef is only beginning to have his importance in the history of the music properly acknowledged. After languishing off-catalogue for decades, much of his output is being made available once more. A treasure trove of great jazz is out there waiting to be rediscovered. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Mingus: @ Bremen 1964 & 1975

Read "@ Bremen 1964 & 1975" reviewed by Chris May

Four hours of previously unissued, premier-league music by Charles Mingus is something to shout about, and @ Bremen 1964 & 1975 is about as good as the bassist and composer's posthumously released live albums get. Four CDs chronicle two extended, intense performances recorded in Germany by Radio Bremen. Audio quality is good going on excellent with ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1

Read "A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline. This week we explore the ...

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Charles McPherson: Jazz Dance Suites

Read "Jazz Dance Suites" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson has a reputation as one of the last true followers of the bebop tradition but this release shows that his talents stretch beyond that. The music consists of scores he wrote for the San Diego Ballet where his daughter Camille is a solo dancer. It encompasses two full suites and an excerpt ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head

Read "Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz musicians are rarely called shamanistic but the description fits Rahsaan Roland Kirk precisely. Clad in black leather trousers and heavy duty shades (he was blind from the age of two), a truckload of strange looking horns strung round his neck--two or three of which he often played simultaneously—twisting, shaking and otherwise contorting his body, stamping ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More

Read "Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide swath of styles in this episode, further demonstrating the incredible depth of improvised music. From an historic live performance in Germany by Charles Mingus, to the powerful saxophone of Ivo Perelman joined by an improvising string trio, to contemporary guitar by England's Ray Russell, to rising stars from Argentina (saxophonist Lucas Goicoechea), to ...

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Sanja Markovic: Ascension

Read "Ascension" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Enveloped in a dark though illuminating light, Serbia's Sanja Markovic delivers an assertive, immersive debut with Ascension, quickly proving herself an agile, articulate vocalist, multi-instrumentalist (tenor and soprano sax), arranger and composer. In lesser hands, the complement of nineteen musicians she has at her side and ready, and the seven questing, spacious songs of ...


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