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Frank Lowe

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Frank Lowe - tenor saxophone (1943 2003) Tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe came out of Memphis inspired by the bluesy sound of King Curtis, but went on to become one the premier free jazz players in New York beginning with his association with Sun Ra in the mid sixties. Frank Lowe grew up in Memphis and soaked up the remarkable musical currents of that city in the early 1960's. The saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Hank Crawford and the singer Carla Thomas were his friends and neighbors; his first music teacher outside of school was Packy Axton, the part owner of Stax Records, who also played saxophone

Album

Intensive Care / Prescriptions Filled

Label: Cadillac Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Little Melonae; Ballad With One L; Spooning; Loweology; Blood On The Cross; Lonely Woman; Suite For Gamma Pt 1; Suite For Gamma Pt 2; I Mean You; Mr Syms; Pent Up Suite.

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Article: Album Review

Asynchrone: Plastic Bamboo

Read "Plastic Bamboo" reviewed by Chris May


Put preconceptions aside and cast no nasturtiums. Against expectations, the free(ish) jazz / electro mash-up Plastic Bamboo is a winner, convincingly bringing together the unpredictability of the one with the robotic iterations of the other. The album collects eleven pieces written or co-written by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a founder member of Yellow Magic Orchestra in 1978 and ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...

Article: History of Jazz

James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz

Read "James "Plunky" Branch: Afrobeat, Funk e Spiritual Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Da circa un decennio il jazz statunitense e britannico vede l'emergere di giovani protagonisti che spezzano i confini tra i generi “colti" e popolari, operando una sintesi sfaccettata tra le molte espressioni della black music. Un torrente tumultuoso che viene alimentato dalle spinte politico-identitarie della comunità afroamericana (la rinascita dell'Afrofuturismo, il movimento Black Lives Matter), che ...

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Article: Album Review

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Afro Futuristic Dreams

Read "Afro Futuristic Dreams" reviewed by Chris May


Idris Ackamoor paints on a big canvas, in vivid colours. Listening to the 2023 episode of his multi-decade Afrofuturist odyssey, there are times when he and The Pyramids stir memories of Fela Kuti's Afrika 70 and Egypt 80 bands. At other times, it is Sun Ra's Arkestra. Next up could be an unplugged Funkadelic. And there ...

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Article: Album Review

The Jazz Doctors: Intensive Care / Prescriptions Filled

Read "Intensive Care / Prescriptions Filled" reviewed by Chris May


Beyond its initiates, the so-called New Thing which emerged in mainly, but not exclusively, Black US jazz in the 1960s/70s, was perceived so amorphously that prairie-wide distinctions between its practitioners went unregarded. Among the general jazz audience, the musicians were lumped together as a horde of crazed zombies who lacked all technique, and who had replaced ...

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Article: Album Review

Gustafsson / McPhee / Håker Flaten / Nilssen-Love: The Thing She Knows...

Read "The Thing She Knows..." reviewed by Chris May


The Hat Hut and ezz-thetics family of labels is in 2021 just three years shy of its fiftieth anniversary. This is a remarkable, perhaps unique, achievement for an independent company which has concerned itself exclusively with the avant-garde end of jazz and conservatoire music from the get go, and has done so with the highest (for ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Bang: Lucky Man

Read "Lucky Man" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


When he performed in Germany, they called him the “black devil violinist," his frenetic playing wrapped in a gyrating, trance-like state. For Billy Bang, who believed he had schizophrenia, the epithet bore a resemblance to his inner turmoil. He was born William Walker in Mobile, Alabama but grew up in the South Bronx. He studied violin ...

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Article: Book Review

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker Cisco Bradley 384 Pages ISBN: # 978147801014 Duke University Press 2021 Who is William Parker? He is a jazz bassist, yes. But he is also a band leader, composer, writer & poet, community organizer, peace activist, and cultural anthropologist. Cisco ...


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