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Hamiet Bluiett

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The finest baritone saxophonist of the 1970s and beyond, Hamiet Bluiett has demonstrated a huge, impressive sound, superb technique, and a mastery of his horn in every register. In his solos, he can provide an array of tonal colors and harmonic options. A first-rate free player who's as proficient on standards as in blues, Bluiett has played in many excellent groups, has led his own bands, and has been featured on numerous magnificent recordings. Bluiett took music lessons from his aunt, who was a choral director, and started on clarinet at age nine. In late adolescence, he attended Southern University, where he studied clarinet and flute

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Article: Live Review

Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2022

Read "Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival 2022" reviewed by John Sharpe


Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival National Drama Theater Lithuania May 27-29, 2022 Introduction It's a little known fact that Lithuania has more jazz festivals per capita than any other country. Prominent among them is the Mama Jazz Festival, held annually amid the baroque beauty of the capital Vilnius. And it says something ...

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Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition)

Label: Atlantic Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Introduction; Peggy’s Blue Skylight; Celia; Fables Of Faubus. CD2: Big Alice; Perdido; C Jam Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus: Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Deluxe Edition)

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This 2-CD set takes the 1974 album Mingus At Carnegie Hall (Atlantic) and adds seventy minutes of previously unissued material recorded at the same concert. It is as worthwhile an addition to Charles Mingus' recorded legacy as 2020's previously unissued 2-CD set Charles Mingus @ Bremen 1964 & 1975 (Sunnyside). Why it has taken so long ...

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Article: Interview

From Aimless to Activist, Bassist Kevin Ray Lands on Higher Ground

Read "From Aimless to Activist, Bassist Kevin Ray Lands on Higher Ground" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist Kevin Ray has recorded or played with John Stubblefield, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Andrew Hill, Marty Ehrlich, Elliott Sharp, John Hicks, Hamiet Bluiett and Nels Cline. Ray has performed in the premieres of works by Joe McPhee, Leroy Jenkins and others. The bassist co-leads the adventurous trio 10³²K's with trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, percussionist Andrew Drury ...

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Article: Album Review

Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is something inherently objectionable when a billionaire acquires an artistic masterpiece by say, Leonardo DaVinci or Claude Monet, only to sequester it from public view. You might feel the same about Julius Hemphill's recordings Dogon A.D. (Mbari, 1972) and 'Coon Bid'ness (Arista/Freedom, 1975). Both five star recordings, now out of print, cost a small fortune ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter

Read "Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz has been inextricably linked with social and political protest since at least the late 1930s, when Billie Holiday made famous the leftist songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol's “Strange Fruit." The song, which has a power to move that is undiminished by familiarity, likens the bodies of lynched African Americans to fruit hanging in trees.

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Article: My Playlist

Roger Rota

Read "Roger Rota" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Stravinsky, Chamber Works & Rarities, (Decca). I lavori da camera di Stravinsky mi hanno sempre affascinato per la ricchezza melodica che li pervade. In particolare “Pastorale," un brano che ascoltai per la prima volta almeno trent'anni fa e che da allora riascolto periodicamente. Una melodia sognante che potrebbe non finire mai, sorretta da ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Jazz in the Time of Pandemic

Read "Jazz in the Time of Pandemic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The first week of April 2020: images crystalized the daily news reports; a dystopian Times Square; Piazza Navona in Rome, emptied of tourists, Barcelona's Basílica de la Sagrada Família standing like an abstract ruin, makeshift morgues in hospital parking lots. The jazz world is small but still a microcosm of society with interdependencies that run deep. ...

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Article: Album Review

Aruán Ortiz: Inside Rhythmic Falls

Read "Inside Rhythmic Falls" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Affacciata sul mare dei Caraibi, Santiago de Cuba fa sentinella alle province orientali dell'isola, di cui è capoluogo. Quell'area, appunto chiamata Oriente, che serba un profondo aroma di Africa e nel contempo è teatro del sincretismo culturale con gli altri continenti: la formidabile mescolanza di umori e colori, di ritmi e movenze che hanno reso unico ...


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