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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro


It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode evokes special memories of my first exposure to the Art Ensemble of Chicago many years ago. I was left in awe at the spectacle, let alone the originality and power of the music. We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, the new release from Pi Recordings brings that concert and much more ...

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Article: Album Review

The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Ah, The Sound of jny: Philadelphia. For folks lucky enough to grow up in or around the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in the mid-to late-1970s (I'm one), the very phrase resounds with memories, most emanating from Sigma Sound Studios on North 12th Street: Thick yet clear arrangements, pumping and thumping basslines and rhythms, ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

Read "From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Dave Fiuczynski Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! RareNoise Records 2016 Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 2

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2016, Part 2" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Various Venues Victoriaville, Quebec May 21-22, 2016 Part 1 | Part 2 Following a memorable--in a good way--first two days of FIMAV, Saturday's program promised more highlights, anchored by three consecutive sets of musicians performing John Zorn's Bagatelles at ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

In 1990, Thirsty Ear made its emergence as a record label of its own, quickly accelerating its position and becoming one of the top alternative independent labels within the U.S. music industry. Since its beginning in 2000, the story of the Blue Series has been one of focused, organic evolution. From free jazz masters, legends in ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Thirsty Ear at The Stone (NYC) October 1st to the 15th

Thirsty Ear at The Stone (NYC) October 1st to the 15th

Tapping into the vast resources of Thirsty Ear's much-heralded Blue Series, President Peter Gordon will be curating two weeks at The Stone, from October 1st to October 15th. From free jazz masters, legends in their own time, to some of the most innovative hip-hop and electronic music producers, to individuals whose music defies any such labeling, ...


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