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Frank Wright

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Reverand Frank Wirght is one of the most underrated musical geniuses of the 20th century. He was born on July 9th 1935 in Grenada Mississippi but grew up in Cleveland. As a young man he was an electrical bassist in R and B bands in both Memphis and Cleveland. He switched to tenor sax and embraced the free jazz movement after meeting Albert Ayler and being greatly influenced by him. In the mid 60s he moved to New York City and played with some of the big names in the Avant Garde movement including, briefly, John Coltrane. His first sessions as a leader were recorded for the small ESP label

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La Cave Live-Cleveland 1966-Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: Spirits Rejoice; Prophet/Ghosts/Spiritual Bells; Our Prayer/Spirits Rejoice; Untitled Truth Is Marching In; Spirits; Zion Hill. CD2: Spirits; Spiritual Bells; Untitled (F# tune); Spirits Rejoice; D.C.; Untitled (minor waltz); Our Prayer; Untitled (F# tune); Ghosts.

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Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: La Cave Live-Cleveland 1966-Revisited

Read "La Cave Live-Cleveland 1966-Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Cleveland club La Cave, a grungy cellar which could accommodate around two hundred people, opened as a folk venue in 1962, transitioned into rock mid-decade, and closed in 1969. Along the way, in amongst such counterculture flagbearers as the Velvet Underground and The Fugs, La Cave booked a few of the bad boys of so-called “new ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Tribute to Bobby Few

Read "A Tribute to Bobby Few" reviewed by Bob Osborne


A tribute to pianist, composer and improviser Bobby Few, who died in January 2021 aged 85. Whilst not well known outside of the jazz world he has a CV which many would envy working with some of the leading names in the business. There is music featured from across his career and impressive discography.

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Article: Album Review

James Blood Ulmer: Baby Talk

Read "Baby Talk" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It was a predestined meeting. This collaboration between the legendary guitarist James Blood Ulmer and the band The Thing. Ulmer, who cut his teeth with the soul jazz organists Hank Marr, Larry Young and Big John Patton before collaborating with Ornette Coleman's electric free jazz/funk harmolodic music, expanded upon Coleman's ideas, incorporating rock music with players ...

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Article: Interview

Steve Swell: Appreciating the Avant Garde Today

Read "Steve Swell: Appreciating the Avant Garde Today" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6[This is the third of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, ...

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News: Obituary

Charles "Bobo" Shaw 1947-2017

Charles "Bobo" Shaw 1947-2017

Charles Wesley “Bobo" Shaw, a St. Louis drummer who helped found the Black Artists Group, co-led the Human Arts Ensemble, and played with many prominent jazz and creative musicians of the past half-century, has died at a nursing care facility in St. Louis. He was 69 years old. St. Louis trumpeter, arts administrator and impresario George ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

Read "Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and—if you include the bass clarinet—Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was ...

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Article: Lyrics

Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano

Read "Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano" reviewed by Luca Canini


Non è vero che il jazz italiano sta bene. Non è vero che siamo il paese dei festival e che abbiamo musicisti che tutto il mondo ci invidia. Possiamo raccontarcela tra di noi, se vi va. Facendo finta che questo sia il migliore dei mondi possibili e che il sole dell'avvenire splenda alto sopra l'orizzonte, ma ...

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Article: Interview

Getting To Know Ras Moshe

Read "Getting To Know Ras Moshe" reviewed by Dom Minasi


Ras Moshe is not a name most people are familiar with. If you listen to straight ahead jazz you probably wouldn't know Ras. Now if you go to some of the 'downtown' performances in New York City and Brooklyn you probably have seen him play. I heard him ten years ago playing Tenor Sax at the ...


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