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HAFEZ MODIRZADEH (aka Hafez Modir - woodwinds and flutes) has published and recorded extensively on an original cross-cultural musical approach he terms "chromodal", from which he received a Ph.D. from Wesleyan University, and lectures on internationally. Hafez' horn playing is deeply rooted in the legacy of African-American musical traditions, yet is also compelled by his Persian heritage. Hafez creates melodies that adapt Middle Eastern and African-American sources into an intelligent and most original melodic conception. His invention of the "chromodal" method allows for a nonlinear improvisational practice that is able to adapt to and incorporate multiple systems of music, permitting a cross-cultural "conversation." Twice an NEA Jazz Fellow ('89, '91), Modir was granted a Fulbright to work with Gnawan and Flamenco musicians in Morocco and Andalucia, in 2005-06, which resulted in his latest CD, "Bemsha Alegria" (available on Disques Chromodal, at www.hafezmodir.com)

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Throttle Elevator Music: Emergency Exit

Read "Emergency Exit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The sub-genre of “punk jazz" has existed—on paper— since the 1970s when Patti Smith proposed a collaboration with Ornette Coleman. That partnership did not materialize. When all the moving pieces are pulled together there is little substance to suggest that the category ever shared specific practices or conventions. Then, in 2012, Throttle Elevator Music emerged with ...

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Bobby Bradford-Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet: Live At The Blue Whale

Read "Live At The Blue Whale" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Bobby Bradford, classe 1934, un passato accanto ad autentici giganti, da Ornette Coleman (in particolare l'epocale Science Fiction, anno di grazia 1971) a John Carter (ripetutamente), tanto per fare solo due nomi, si unisce al più giovane sassofonista Hafez Modirzadeh per dirigere questo pregevole quartetto, nella cui musica (nello specifico ripresa dal vivo nel locale del ...

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Bobby Bradford / Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet: Live At The Blue Whale

Read "Live At The Blue Whale" reviewed by John Sharpe

This is the third album from the fertile pairing of cornetist Bobby Bradford and reedman Hafez Modirzadeh. Each time they have been joined by a different rhythm section: Ken Filiano and Royal Hartigan on Live At The Magic Triangle (NoBusiness, 2017), and Mark Dresser and Alex Cline on Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016). This ...

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Bobby Bradford: Live At The Magic Triangle

Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" reviewed by John Sharpe

After the well-received Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016), the arrival of a second outing for the front line of cornetist Bobby Bradford and saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh doesn't come as a surprise. This time out, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Royal Hartigan (who both feature on Modirzadeh's Post Chromodal Out! (Pi Recordings, 2012) replace Mark ...

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Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline: Live At The Open Gate

Read "Live At The Open Gate" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran cornetist Bobby Bradford's penchant for conversational give and take in tandem with another horn is much in evidence on this 2013 live date from The Center for the Arts in Los Angeles. And in alto saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, a Professor of Creative/World Music at San Francisco State University, he has found a foil who at ...

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Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline: Live At The Open Gate

Read "Live At The Open Gate" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Live At The Open Gate by the quartet of Bobby Bradford, Hafez Modirzadeh, Mark Dresser, and Alex Cline shouts “West Coast" from the drop of the stylus on this, a limited edition (of 500) LP. It's not because the session is from Center for the Arts in Los Angeles 2013, it's because the inspiration here emanates ...

In Convergence Liberation

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2015
Track listing: La Angustia de los Amantes; Tetraspheres; Karna Passages; Las Orillas del Mar; Number That Moves; Suite Compost; Sor Juana.

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Amir ElSaffar: Crisis

Read "Crisis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Chicago area native, Amir ElSaffar has been working inside and outside the typical context of jazz since his Two Rivers Ensemble debut, Two Rivers (PI Recordings, 2007). The trumpeter and composer (and master santour player) has built a unique musical architecture based his study of the microtonal techniques of his ancestral Iraqi maqam. While ElSaffar was ...

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Dave Douglas: There's Wisdom Everywhere in the Universe

Read "Dave Douglas: There's Wisdom Everywhere in the Universe" reviewed by Dave Wayne

We're republishing this June 2013 in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Dave Douglas's Greenleaf Music record label. When All About Jazz last spoke with trumpeter, multi-bandleader, teacher, composer, marathon runner, podcaster, and record label head honcho Dave Douglas in November, 2011, he was in the Ukraine on the last leg of a ...


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