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Don Pullen


Don Pullen developed an extended technique for the piano and a strikingly individual style, post-bop and modern, but retaining a strong feeling for the blues. He produced acknowledged masterworks of jazz in a range of formats and styles, crossing and mixing genres long before this became almost commonplace. By chance, unfortunately for his future commercial success if not for his musical development, his first contact on arriving on the New York scene was with the free players of the 1960s, with whom he recorded. It was some years later before his abilities in more straight ahead jazz playing, as well as free, were revealed to a larger audience


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Brilliant Corners 2024

Read "Brilliant Corners 2024" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2024 Black Box/Accidental Theatre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 1-9, 2024 At a time when veteran rock acts on their last legs are asking cash-strapped punters to part with hundreds of pounds to stand in a stadium to hear the same hits as the last tour, and the tour ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hamiet Bluiett, A Coltrane Interview, Natural Info. Society, Veronica Swift

Read "Hamiet Bluiett, A Coltrane Interview, Natural Info. Society, Veronica Swift" reviewed by David Brown

Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. This week, let's celebrate the birth anniversary of Hamiet Bluiett; check out John Coltrane ending his time with Miles in an interview from Stockholm 1960; and ...


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Henry Threadgill, Jazz 1975, DC Jazz Festival, and more

Read "Henry Threadgill, Jazz 1975, DC Jazz Festival, and more" reviewed by David Brown

This week I've been reading Henry Threadgill's autobiography Easily Slip into Another World: A Life in Music. Therefore, lets enjoy a set from Threadgill's bands Air, Sextett, and Very Very Circus. Then, recordings form our randomly featured year in music, 1975 with Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Joanne Brackeen. And finally, a mini preview ...


Article: Liner Notes

David Kikoski: Surf's Up

Read "David Kikoski: Surf's Up" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It seems that the show tunes of the '30s, '40s, and '50s have served as fodder for several generations of jazz musicians, either providing their own melodies for subsequent development or lending their harmonic framework for the jazz writer to use as a basis for an original tune. Most recently, we've seen attention begin to shift ...


Article: Album Review

Patrick Brennan Sonic Openings: Tilting Curvaceous

Read "Tilting Curvaceous" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The quintet project Tilting Curvaceous is saxophonist/composer Patrick Brennan's sixth leader/co-leader date since the late 1990s. His duo recording Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019) with guitarist Abdul Moimême demonstrated a strong affinity for free improvisation within unconventional settings and uncommon concepts. Brennan is joined by trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder. The native New Yorker has ...


Article: Liner Notes

Organ Monk: Uwo In the Black

Read "Organ Monk: Uwo In the Black" reviewed by Howard Mandel

Organ Monk is the inspired--some might say “mad"--project of Brooklyn-based keyboardist Greg Lewis to play the unique compositions of Thelonious Monk as they've never been played before. Lewis throws down Monk's memorable turns of melody and digs into his harmonic insights, mostly at groovin' rhythms, on the Hammond C 3 organ. It's tempting to say Lewis' ...


Article: Liner Notes

Trio Da Paz: 30

Read "Trio Da Paz: 30" reviewed by Howard Mandel

Only very special collaborations last 30 years, and rarely do they become more exciting and together over the decades. Trio da Paz, however, is one such long-lasting and still lightning band. The team of drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, guitarist Romero Lubambo and bassist Nilson Matta, all Brasilian jazzmen of New York City, is just as dashing ...


Article: Album Review

Chris Potter: Got The Keys To The Kingdom: Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Got The Keys To The Kingdom: Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The title references an old gospel song, but for Chris Potter the keys in question could be those to the Village Vanguard. This is the saxophonist's third live recording from jazz's most storied club, not counting those with Paul Motian. For musicians and fans alike, this is hallowed turf. But it's not just about playing at ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jerome Kern The Jazz Standard

Read "Jerome Kern The Jazz Standard" reviewed by David Brown

This week we celebrate the 138th birthday of Jerome Kern. Born in 1885, Kern was an important composer of musical theatre and popular music in the early 20th century. Many of Kern's songs have been adapted by jazz musicians to become standard tunes. Featured interpreters of Kern's songs will include David S. Ware, Connie Crothers, Clifford ...


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