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Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions

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The clarinet, foundational for jazz from Sidney Bechet unto Eric Dolphy, remains in strong use in the indigenous Roma music of the eastern Mediterranean. Elsewhere in the world clarinet generally has been moved aside by saxophone's bigger sound. But in the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, clarinet provides jazz shadings to traditional music, speaks a range of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz from the Black Saint Label (1975 - 1989)

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Ironically, the record label that most consistently offered an outlet for the American jazz avant-garde in the 1980s was the Italian Black Saint / Soul Note imprint. On All About Jazz, Jeff Stockton wrote, ..."from 1984 to 1989 Black Saint won the Down Beat critics poll for “Best Label" and “Best Producer" and established itself as ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

David Murray And Class Struggle at The Village Vanguard

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David Murray and Class Struggle The Village Vanguard New York, NY June 22, 2018 Upon taking the Vanguard stage, Murray broke the night wide open with a hard, slippery solo that had his sextet Class Struggle--featuring the saxophonist's son guitarist Mingus Murray, brotherly rhythm section of bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer ...

The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

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On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

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Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Joe Daley Tuba Trio al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

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Joe Daley Tuba Trio Aperitivo in Concerto Teatro Manzoni Milano 22.01.2017 Ancora una volta, la rassegna Aperitivo in Concerto ha proposto un inizio di giornata intrigante ed impegnativo. In questa occasione con il concerto del Joe Daley Tuba Trio. In verità non un trio, ma un quintetto. Sul palco, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Abullah Ibrahim at SFJAZZ

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Abdullah Ibrahim SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA April 29-30, 2016 At 81, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, is still going strong, something he proved during a remarkable tour-de-force performance which spanned four nights at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. For the first two evenings (Thursday and Friday), Ibrahim appeared in the company of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at The Center for New Music

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Center for New Music San Francisco, CA February 15, 2016 San Francisco's Tenderloin District is a down-and-out area which wags have christened “Twitterloin," (owing to the proximity of Twitter and other tax companies given tax subsidies to erect their palatial edifices in this culturally diverse neighborhood). And the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Henry Threadgill: Very Very Threadgill 2014

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Henry Threadgill Harlem Stage Gate House Very Very Threadgill New York, NY September 27-28, 2014 Henry Threadgill isn't one to repeat himself. In nearly 40 years of recording, he's only repeated a few compositions. So why would a retrospective of his work by a mere recapitulation? Very Very Threadgill--held ...


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