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William Hooker: Heart of the Sun

Read "Heart  of the Sun" reviewed by John Sharpe

Suddenly Heart Of The Sun from veteran drummer William Hooker's The Gift looks a whole lot more poignant. With the passing of trumpeter Roy Campbell in January 2014, Hooker has been deprived of one of his longest collaborators. Campbell first appeared alongside the drummer on Colour Circle (CJR, 1989) as part of the self styled three ...


On Fire

Label: Engine
Released: 2012
Track listing: Officer, that Big Knife Cuts My Sax Reeds; The Evil Eye; We Are All Indebted To Each Other; Harrison Carries Out The Coffin.


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Kidd Jordan: On Fire

Read "On Fire" reviewed by John Sharpe

Incendiary similes have always proven popular as descriptors of free jazz. Indeed, “Fire Music," has been used as a label for the whole genre. New Orleans-based saxophonist Kidd Jordan's 2006 outing, the superb Palm of Soul (AUM Fidelity), essayed a meditative calm, music which couldn't be more different from the accurately named 50-minute studio session On ...


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Kidd Jordan: On Fire

Read "On Fire" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Tenor saxophonist Edward “Kidd" Jordan is one those rare musicians who is able to imbue the freest, most advanced improvisations with extreme lyricism and build complex harmonies out of dissonant notes. On Fire showcases his sublime musicianship to the fullest. On “Officer, that Big Knife Cuts My Sax Reeds," Jordan's breaths fire on ...



Label: Engine
Released: 2011
Track listing: Reclamation; Quietude; Invocation; Flowers for Ida; St. Louis Sonority; Yet and Still; Unfolding.


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Stephen Haynes: Parrhesia

Read "Parrhesia" reviewed by John Sharpe

There's something about the plain brown recycled chipboard sleeve of Parrhesia, with its letter-pressed script, which relates to the music contained inside. It's not just the concern for sustainability, but also the understated, organic yet singular nature of the package. Trumpeter Stephen Haynes' leadership debut has been a long time coming, which perhaps suggests undue modesty. ...


Staying In The Game

Label: Engine
Released: 2009
Track listing: Sunday Afternoon; The Elephant and the Bee; 60 Degrees in November; Wandering; Springing Winter; Changes and Bodies and Tones.

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Fred Anderson: Staying in the Game

Read "Staying in the Game" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fred Anderson, grande vecchio del jazz chicagoano, voce epica di quella scena, non ha mai lasciato Chicago. Si è anzi prodigato per aprire nella città spazi indipendenti, dove si potesse portare e far vivere la musica improvvisata. Il Birdhouse, da lui fondato nel '77, durò ben poco, a causa di un vicinato ostile all'iniziativa. Nel 1982, ...


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Fred Anderson: Staying in the Game

Read "Staying in the Game" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, one of the founding members of the Associateion for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) has a spotty recording output. This creative force in free jazz has made amends over the last five years with strong CDs including Timeless: Live at the Velvet Lounge (Delmark, 2006), Back Together Again (Thrill Jockey, 2004) ...


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Fred Anderson: Staying in the Game

Read "Staying in the Game" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Tim Daisy open with a rhythmic standard for tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson in Staying In The Game. An innate sense of melody springs from Anderson, a pure-tone player if there ever was one. But even more noteworthy is the ease with which Anderson improvises on one set of phrases. “Sunday Afternoon" ...


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