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George Lewis is a jazz trombone player and composer. In addition to his own recordings, he has recorded or performed with Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Conny Bauer and others. He is a contemporary and colleague of trombonist Ray Anderson. He also has a feature segment on Laurie Anderson's album Big Science. Lewis has long been active in creating and performing with interactive computer systems, most notably his software called Voyager, which "listens to" and reacts to live performers. Lewis gave an invited keynote lecture and performance at NIME-06, the sixth international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, which was held at IRCAM, Paris, in June 2006. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and a graduate of Yale University, where he was tapped by the The Skull and Bones

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Article: Album Review

Mario Pavone / Dialect Trio +1: Blue Vertical

Read "Blue Vertical" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist and composer Mario Pavone died on May 15, 2021, after a seventeen-year battle with cancer. The Connecticut native had many interests and earned a degree in engineering, a Doris Duke Foundation grant and, for a quarter-century, shared his wisdom and talent with kids at the Litchfield Performing Arts Jazz Camp, where he also served as ...

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Article: Live Review

Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem

Read "Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Non è casuale che l'etichetta indipendente più innovativa nell'attuale panorama jazzistico (e non solo) sia nata e operi a Chicago. È noto infatti che la metropoli dell'Illinois è una delle capitali del jazz, avendo svolto un ruolo centrale in tutta la storia musicale afro-americana, talvolta paritetico con quello di New York. Nel 2014 ...

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Article: Radio

Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley - Companion Mixtape

Read "Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This mixtape is a fun-filled companion to the two parts of our show “Hanksgiving -A Tribute to Hank Mobley," giving even more insight in the legacy of Hank Mobley as a saxophonist and composer through some of his gems and some of the best renditions of his tunes. [Listen to Part 1 and Part 2]

Article: Album Review

Francesca Naibo: Namatoulee

Read "Namatoulee" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


La lezione di Derek Bailey, volta a estendere la libera ricerca improvvisata sulla chitarra, è stata esemplare ma pochissimi l'hanno seguita. Se negli Stati Uniti spicca Henry Kaiser nel nostro Paese i nomi si contano sulle dita di una mano ed il ricercatore più coerente e implacabile resta Roberto Zorzi. È quindi sorprendente il debutto di ...

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Article: Radio

Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley, Part 1

Read "Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For our seasonal Hanksgiving show, this year we pay tribute to Hank Mobley, both as a saxophonist and a composer, by playing music from his albums, which are a cornerstone of the Blue Note sound and catalogue, and renditions of his music by musicians that came after him. There's so much to love in Mobley's repertoire. ...

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Article: Book Review

Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

Read "Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century Bill Beuttler 304 Pages ISBN: #978-1643150055 (13) Lever Press 2019 Journalist Bill Beuttler modeled this book after Joe Goldberg's Jazz Masters of the 50s (Macmillan Publishing Co, 1965). It devoted a chapter each to a dozen musicians, providing a ...

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Article: Album Review

Un Poco Loco: Ornithologie

Read "Ornithologie" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Somewhere Han Bennink is very jealous of the music making of the trio Un Poco Loco. The master of 'New Dutch Swing' hijinks would give his right crash cymbal to perform music in the manner this trio covers Charlie Parker on Ornithologie. The aptly designated Un Poco Loco ('a bit crazy') trio is trombonist Fidel Fourneyron, ...

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Article: Radio

A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II

Read "A Herbie Nichols' Centennial - Part II" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The second part of this week's tribute to Herbie Nichols focuses on the work of champions of his music like Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy and, again, the Herbie Nichols Project with some never-heard-before live recordings from the vaults of the Jazz Composers Collective. For the first part of this Herbie Nichols special ...

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Article: Interview

Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

Read "Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Adam Rudolph has been seeking to push the boundaries of musical creativity for decades, developing a unique concept of composition, ensemble interaction, and conducting. As many writers have commented, his music resists critical commentary due to its prototypical nature. Said another way, Rudolph's music doesn't sound like anything else, and its antecedents are so varied that ...


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