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Dick Griffin

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Dick Griffin (b. James Richard Griffin in Jackson, Mississippi, 1939) is an American trombonist known for his work in free jazz, especially with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and Charles Mingus. As a child he studied piano, soon switching to trombone, which he was later to achieve a Master's degree in. After earning his bachelor's degree in 1963, Griffin began teaching high school while working on his Masters. Griffin is most known for his technique of circular phonics, combining multiphonics with circular breathing. Later in life, Griffin became an accomplished painter, with showings in New York and Europe. Dick has recorded with Charles Mingus, Sun Ra, Stanley Cowell, Charles Tolliver, Sam Rivers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Cecil McBee, Freddie Waits, George Benson, Jack McDuff, Abdullah Ibrahim, William Parker, Archie Shepp, and Marvin Gaye.[3] In addition, he has performed with many others, including Eddie Gale, Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Harry Belafonte, Equal Time, and Sam Cooke, as well as recording several albums as a leader.

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Puzzlebox

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Tabula Rasa; New Design; Plate; Shelter; As Tympani Melt In The Greek Heat; Fall From Grace; Belt & Braces; Triangles Circles And Squares; Oslo; Kicking The Wasps Nests; Lifeguard In The Rain; Tabula Rasa 2.

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Article: Album Review

Clint Bahr: Puzzlebox

Read "Puzzlebox" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Puzzlebox is precisely that: A hard-cover box of musical curios arranged around an 11-minute improvisation ("As Tympani Melt in the Greek Heat") performed not by a band but by a rotating caravan of progressive jazz and rock musicians organized by multi-instrumentalist and composer Clint Bahr. Bahr's collaborators in this curious collection include pianist Marilyn Crispell, violinist ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp

Read "Freaks in Mayberry & the Boney Oscar Stomp" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Giuseppe Paradiso & Meridian 71 Parallel Dimensions Ubuntu Music 2022 Parallel Dimensions steers the listener's imagination through a luxurious multicultural tapestry woven in music by drummer, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Giuseppe Paradiso and his sextet. It explores broad musical horizons that can sound radiantly bright ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Strata-East: Seizing the Time

Read "Strata-East: Seizing the Time" reviewed by Chris May


Operating on minimum finance and maximum passion, Brooklyn's Strata-East label was a pivotal platform for the spiritual-jazz movement that emerged during the Civil Rights struggle of the 1970s. Its closest contemporary comparator was Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Both were non-profit organisations. The AACM was non-profit by design. With Strata-East, co-founder Charles Tolliver ...

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Article: Live Review

Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2

Read "Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 1-2" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Part 1 | Part 2 Edgefest Ann Arbor, MI October 18-19, 2017 When mid-October rolls around, many fans of avant-garde jazz and creative music prepare to converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan for their annual pilgrimage to the Kerrytown Concert House, home of the Edgefest festival. Now in its ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One

Read "Montreux Through The Decades: Jazz Recordings, Part One" reviewed by Ian Patterson


To celebrate Montreux Jazz Festival's 50th edition in 2016, and as a posthumous tribute to the festival's founder, the late Claude Nobs, All About Jazz is launching a new column entitled Montreux Through the Decades, which will periodically present reviews of officially released live recordings from MJF, from its first edition in 1967 to the present. ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


The final recording of the late violinist Billy Bang from February 2011, days before his final performance in the TUMfest 11 in Helsinki, is a celebration of his life as musician. Bang chose for this recording compositions of innovative musicians in the history of jazz--Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins-- that were part ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Da Bang!

Read "Da Bang!" reviewed by John Sharpe


Even were one not viewing Da Bang! through the lens of this being violinist Billy Bang's last album, recorded just two short months before he succumbed to cancer in April 2011, there is still a detectable elegiac air which pervades even the brightest tracks. That's not the fault of the cast, although trombonist Dick Griffin comes ...


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