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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: Shaman!

Read "Shaman!" reviewed by Chris May

California-based tenor saxophonist and composer Idris Ackamoor, who has one foot in magical realism and the other in the politicised school of spiritual-jazz, relaunched his 1970s band the Pyramids in 2015. A year later, the group released the acclaimed We Be All Africans, which was followed in 2018 by the equally noteworthy An Angel Fell (both ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Warren Wolf: Reincarnated

Read "Warren Wolf: Reincarnated" reviewed by Aaron Paschal

Warren Wolf is a Baltimore-born vibraphonist and a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Reincarnation (2020), his fourth album as leader on Mack Avenue Records, sees Wolf dive into an entirely different side of his musical personality. We got together via ZOOM to talk about his musical influences, how he's staying creative during the COVID pandemic and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sean Khan: Distant Voice

Read "Distant Voice" reviewed by Chris May

Sean Khan is among the most interesting of British jazz musicians, a prime exponent of jazz as rebel music with a unique voice. And yet, twenty years after he debuted with his band SK Radicals, Khan remains one of the scene's least celebrated players. Khan accurately describes himself as a “career outsider." Like another outsider, fellow ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Dave McMurray Trio at Dazzle

Read "Dave McMurray Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Dave McMurray Trio Dazzle Denver, CO March 26, 2019 Power trio. That's a term most often applied to really loud rock bands. Many such entities began roaming the earth in the 1960s and shortly thereafter. Bands like the Jimi Hendrix Experience, ZZ Top, the James Gang and the daddy of them ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop

Read "Nik Bärtsch's Ronin At The Bop Stop" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Nik Bartsch's Ronin Bop Stop Cleveland, Ohio October 28, 2018 The way Nik Bärtsch dresses reveals a lot about his music. He steps up to the piano wearing a Samue, the traditional dress of Zen Buddhist monks, and sneakers. One represents a spiritual tradition thousands of years old, requiring the utmost ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Binker & Moses At London's Jazz Cafe

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Binker & Moses Jazz Cafe London September 12, 2018 Binker & Moses began life around five years ago, when saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd started playing ferocious, free-association duets during pre-performance sound checks as members of Zara McFarlane's band. Both musicians still tour and record with ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

2018 Newport Jazz Festival

Read "2018 Newport Jazz Festival" reviewed by Richard Conde

This years 2018 Newport Jazz Festival was held at the scenic Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island. Newport Jazz Festival's artistic director Christian McBride put together an impressive line up with a wide range of talent, ranging from Pat Metheny, Jazzmeia Horn, NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd, and George Clinton with Parliament Funkadelic just ...

Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Read "Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds" reviewed by Martin Longley

Meredith Monk Brooklyn Academy Of Music March 18, 2018 The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the Paramount

Read "George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at the Paramount" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic The Paramount Mardi Gras Madness Tour Huntington, NY February 18, 2018 George Clinton is the reigning Godfather Of Funk. The seventy-six-year-old singer, songwriter, bandleader, record producer and founder of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective continues to tour and put his stamp on contemporary music. In fact, ...


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