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Fred Ho is a one-of-a-kind revolutionary Chinese American baritone saxophonist, composer, writer, producer, political activist and leader of the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and the Monkey Orchestra. For two decades, he has innovated an Afro Asian New American Multicultural Music imbedded in the swingest, most soulful and transgressive forms of African American music with the musical influences of Asia and the Pacific Rim. As Larry Birnbaum writes in Down Beat "Fred Ho's style is a genre onto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic." Ho is a prodigious composer, having written over a half dozen critically acclaimed operas, music/theater epics, cutting edge multimedia performance works, martial arts ballet, oratorios and recording over a dozen albums as a leader

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Article: Album Review

David Bindman/Stefan Bauer/Michael Sarin: Relative Motion

Read "Relative Motion" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Reed player and composer David Bindman is most recognized for his decades in Royal Hartigan's Blood Drum Spirit group. Bindman has led a namesake sextet and ensemble and was a member of the Brooklyn Saxophone Quartet along with the late Fred Ho. The Relative Motion trio is a new collaboration with Stefan Bauer on marimba, and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz for the Year of the Tiger's Winter Olympics

Read "Jazz for the Year of the Tiger's Winter Olympics" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we built the Mondo Jazz playlist in celebration of the Year of the Tiger, the Water Tiger to be precise, and the 24th Winter Olympics, selecting compositions that directly or indirectly relate to winter sports, Olympic games and the elements which are essential to all Winter Olympics: mountains, snow and ice...Happy listening ...

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Article: Live Review

The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios

Read "The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Afro Algonquin Trio Michiko Studios New York, NY November 20, 2021 The TrioLee “Mixashawn" Rozie is a member of the Maheekanew Confederacy of Algonquin-speaking people. Rozie is Mohegan and his name “Mixashawn" means “the messenger on the wind." The multi-instrumentalist has not been heavily recorded over his long career, perhaps, ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star

Read "Early Morning Star" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Composer/pianist/electronic artist Bob Gluck's musical repertoire is particularly diverse. Among his many electro-acoustic projects are the borderless duo album Textures and Pulsations (Ictus Records, 2012) with Aruán Ortiz, Tropelets (Ictus Records, 2014) featuring improvisations based on Jewish biblical chants, and Infinite Spirit (FMR Records, 2016) where he pays tribute to Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band. In the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Asian-American Jazz & Improv

Read "Asian-American Jazz & Improv" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


As jazz was born where cultures converged, it's not a surprise that it is the most adaptable form of music. An art form permeable since its very inception to musical traditions from other continents. This week we focus on the contribution of musicians that approached jazz and improvised music benefiting from the wider perspective afforded to ...

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Article: Interview

Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak

Read "Salim Washington: To Be Moved to Speak" reviewed by Seton Hawkins


To audiences in Boston or New York, Salim Washington is not just a great musician, he is a community builder. Having first established the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, then the Harlem Arts Ensemble, Washington has throughout his career carefully nurtured collectives of musicians who in turn generated irreplaceable music scenes at venues like Connolly's in Boston and ...

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Article: Album Review

David Bindman Sextet: Ten Billion Versions of Reality

Read "Ten Billion Versions of Reality" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Saxophonist David Bindman reconvenes the ensemble that created Sunset Park Polyphony (Self Produced, 2012) for the eclectic Ten Billion Versions of Reality. Bindman had spent parts of two recent years in the upstate New York town of Cambridge, developing a suite that is meant to weave together varying perspectives across multiple sound surfaces. The title, in ...

Article: Album Review

Alchemy Sound Project: Further Explorations

Read "Further Explorations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Un settetto di ottimi musicisti provenienti dalle più diverse esperienze, per sviluppare cooperativamente un repertorio che unisca il jazz con la musica da camera: questo è l'Alchemy Sound Project, qui al debutto disccografico. In realtà la formazione originale è un quintetto, singolarmente -ed è una buona notizia -compsoto da tre donne e due uomini, ...

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Article: Interview

A dialogo con Marco Colonna

Read "A dialogo con Marco Colonna" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Il multistrumentista e compositore romano Marco Colonna negli ultimi anni si è messo in luce come uno dei musicisti più interessanti del nostro paese. La sua figura artistica è difficilmene collocabile, vuoi per la pluralità di interessi e riferimenti che guidano la sua ricerca, vuoi per una serie di scelte professionali -concerti svolti in luoghi spesso ...


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