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An all around drummer who cut his teeth on Midwestern funk and avant-garde jazz, Gene Lake embodies the contradictions of modern music. His resume reflects his passion for the great funk icons of the 1970s and 1980s such as Parliament/Funkadelic and the Time, as well as his longstanding ties to the jazz world. Gene Lake has been playing for almost 10 years with a stunningly diverse range of artists: from r&b group Surface in the 1980s to the "new wave" of r&b acts such as Me'shell NdegeOcello, Maxwell, and D'Angelo in the 1990s; from jazz innovators Steve Coleman and Henry Threadgill, to fusion legends Joe Zawinul and Marcus Miller; from jazz/rap group Opus Akoben to acts that defy categorization, such as the wildly original rock/funk/jazz fusion group Screaming Headless Torsos. Gene Lake was born in St

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Article: Radio

Mauricio Farfan, Steve Khan, Alex Garcia, Erik Escobar, John Escreet

Read "Mauricio Farfan, Steve Khan, Alex Garcia, Erik Escobar, John Escreet" reviewed by Len Davis


Latin infused fusion from Mauricio Farfan, Steve Khan, Erik Escobar and Alex Garcia's AfroMantra. Plus John Escreet, Lost Tribe and Gene Lake. Playlist Mauricio Farfan “Simbiosis" from Travesia (M F Latin Music) 00:00 Steve Khan “Heard" from Subtext (Tone Centre) 12:05 Alex Garcia's AfroMantra “Coltranesque" from This Side of Mestizaje (Afro Mantra) 17:59 Erik ...

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Article: Album Review

David Gilmore: Energies of Change

Read "Energies of Change" reviewed by Dave Wayne


David Gilmore's career started off with a bang. He worked with Steve Coleman through the 1990s, appearing on at least nine recordings either led, or instigated, by the renowned saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and recent MacArthur Award recipient. Since emerging from Coleman's M-BASE fold, Gilmore has worked with a stunning variety of artists both inside and outside ...

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Article: Interview

Cristina Zavalloni: The Soul Factor

Read "Cristina Zavalloni: The Soul Factor" reviewed by Libero Farnè


In concomitanza di Umbria Jazz 14, fra le iniziative collaterali del festival grande rilievo è stato dato alla presentazione dell'ultima fatica discografica di Cristina Zavalloni, concepita in stretta collaborazione con Uri Caine. Per l'occasione erano presenti la stessa Zavalloni e i due produttori: Enzo Capua e Giandomenico Ciaramella. The Soul Factor, registrato in studio a New ...

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Article: Live Review

Montreal Jazz Festival: Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 7, 2012

Read "Montreal Jazz Festival: Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 7, 2012" reviewed by Greg Thomas


Festival International de Jazz de MontréalMontréal, CanadaJune 28-July 7, 2012From the time of the airplane's descent to the airport in Montréal, I knew something was different and perhaps special about this place. Instead of a square or rectangular grid style of suburban housing plots, from my window I saw circular formations of housing, ...

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Article: Interview

Jen Shyu and Theo Bleckmann: Breaking the Song Barrier

Read "Jen Shyu and Theo Bleckmann: Breaking the Song Barrier" reviewed by Daniel Lehner


Before Robert Moog came out with the first synthesizer, before Adolphe Sax invented his famous reed instrument, before the trumpets sounded at Jericho, even before the world's ancient tribes tightened their animal skins to make drums, humanity's first instrument was the voice. Not that this is of particular consequence to Theo Bleckmann. “To me, that argument ...

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Article: Live Review

Dave Douglas and Keystone: Columbus, February 5, 2011

Read "Dave Douglas and Keystone: Columbus, February 5, 2011" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Dave Douglas & KeystoneLincoln TheatreColumbus, OhioFebruary 5, 2011 It seemed somehow fitting that composer Dave Douglas' presentation of Spark Of Being (Greenleaf Music, 2010) be held in the aftermath of the blizzard of 2011. The audience for this retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which begins and ends with a sailing ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Nat Janoff

Read "Take Five With Nat Janoff" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Nat Janoff:Guitarist, composer and teacher Nat Janoff is a graduate of William Paterson University, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance. His debut recording, Looking Through, featuring the rhythm section of world renowned electric bassist, Matthew Garrison, and drummer Gene Lake, put Nat on the map as both a player and ...

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News: Event

Dave Douglas & Keystone play to film in NYC

Dave Douglas & Keystone play to film in NYC

On October 24th, 2010, Dave Douglas & Keystone play the Highline Ballroom in New York. More than a concert, this event will feature the East Coast Premiere of the Bill Morrison film, Spark Of Being. Douglas, who composed the soundtrack to the film and has since released a 3CD box set of the same title chronicling ...

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News: Recording

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark Of Being (3CD Box) Release Day

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Spark Of Being (3CD Box) Release Day

On April 24th, 2010, Dave Douglas and experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison unveiled their multimedia collaboration, Spark Of Being, at Stanford University. On film, it stands as a reinterpretation of the Frankenstein myth using new, archival, and distressed footage. The themes, penned by Douglas for his Grammy-nominated band Keystone, integrate electronics seamlessly into the improvised music, piecing ...


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