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Christopher Hoffman

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Christopher is best known as a cellist to a varying list of bands, singer/songwriters, film makers, composers, improvisers and noisers. Christopher leads a band called Sad Companion as well as Limpet Trio, Iosono and Smart Growth Zone. He is a proud member of Henry Threadgill's Zooid he plays in a band with his brothers called Needers & Givers and plays in Michael Pitt's Pagoda. He has had the honor of working with Martin Scorsese, Craig McDean, Marianne Faithfull, Marc Ribot, Christina Courtin, Devotchka, Ryan Adams, Willie Nile, Dar Williams, Bebel Gilberto, Fran Healy, Jeremiah Cymerman, Clare & The Reasons, Olivier Manchon's Orchestre Dechambre, Rob Burger, Ryan Scott, Butch Morris, Haale, Matt Welch, Nate Wooley, Kitsune Ensemble, John Zorn, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Voladares, John Ellis and many more.

Album

Jesup Wagon

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2021
Track listing: Jesup Wagon; Lowlands of Sorrow; Arachis; Fallen Flowers; Experiment Station; Seer; Chemurgy.

Album

Asp Nimbus

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Released: 2021

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Article: Radio

James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the ...

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Article: Interview

The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis

Read "The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Tenor saxophonist, composer, and writer James Brandon Lewis is driven by a restlessness that makes him one of his generation's standout players of, and thinkers about jazz. Although he was voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in the 2020 DownBeat Magazine International Critic's Poll, most might say, after listening to his recent releases, that his star has ...

Article: Radio

Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch

Read "Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Many jazz musicians in Poland consider playing and/or recording the music of Poland's father of jazz, Krzysztof Komeda, a rite of passage. A similar feeling exists with most jazz musicians anywhere about the music of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and more. This episode features some recordings that follow that path. Saxophonist Dan Willis tackles ...

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Article: Radio

Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd

Read "Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's much “hat-tipping in respect" by current musicians to their influences in this episode. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Charles Lloyd and Sweden's Fredrik Nordstrom are in an Ornette mood on their albums, while the Oles Brothers from Poland recognize the iconic Polish trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski on a recording of a rediscovered session. British avant-garde quartet featuring Paul ...

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News: Event

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert to Take Place Virtually April 22, 2021

Join the celebration of the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters as the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, presents a virtual tribute concert in honor of Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). The 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeremiah Cymerman: Systema Munditotius, vol. 1

Read "Systema Munditotius, vol. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Musician, composer, producer, Jeremiah Cymerman may have created the soundtrack to our current circumstance. Not that his project Systema Munditotius, vol. 1 was conceived and produced after the discovery of the CoronaVirus in 2019, but that it may have prophesied this pandemic. This project centers around a diagram psychiatrist Carl Jung created in 1916. ...


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