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Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill first performed as a percussionist in his high school marching band before taking up the baritone saxophone and later a large portion of the woodwind instrument family. He soon settled primarily upon the alto saxophone and the flute. He was one of the original members of the legendary AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) in his hometown of Chicago and worked under the guidance of Muhal Richard Abrams before leaving to tour with a gospel band. He later served in the Army, where he played with a rock band. Upon his return to Chicago he rejoined fellow AACM members Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall, forming a trio which would eventually become the group Air, one of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed avant-garde jazz groups of the 1970s and 1980s

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Andrew D’Angelo’s DNA Orchestra, Barrage & Luis Nubiola

Read "Andrew D’Angelo’s DNA Orchestra, Barrage & Luis Nubiola" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The size of a group means nothing. There's as much fantastic music created by a trio as there is by a big band. This episode of OMJ attempts to prove that with sparkling new music from trios (Jason Robinson, Bruno Räberg & Bob Weiner -a definite must on my faves of 2020 list, Cuban/Polish saxophonist Luis ...

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Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More

Read "Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode has a definite focus on the progressive improvisation scene in Buenos Aires, with much of the music centering on the talented tenor player, Camila Nebbia. You'll hear music from several groups where Nebbia is a featured voice. Also debuting this week, drummer Jeff Cosgrove--still in trio mode--but this time without William Parker playing bass; ...

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Highlights of the Final Decade of the First 100 Years of Recorded Jazz (2011 - 2018)

Read "Highlights of the Final Decade of the First 100 Years of Recorded Jazz (2011 - 2018)" reviewed by Russell Perry

This is the last of a series of five programs featuring jazz since 1990, presented as a single selection for each year to reflect trends, career highlights and new artists, at least as the narrative appears from the temporally-challenged context of the last 25 years. The idea to attempt such an abbreviated one-track--per-year survey comes from ...

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Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Liberty Ellman has been doing valuable work in recent years as a sideman for musicians such as Henry Threadgill, Stephan Crump and Myra Melford. Once in a while he also puts out his own music as a leader. Inspired by a marathon race that takes place in Antarctica, the music on this disc ...

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Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star

Read "Early Morning Star" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Composer/pianist/electronic artist Bob Gluck's musical repertoire is particularly diverse. Among his many electro-acoustic projects are the borderless duo album Textures and Pulsations (Ictus Records, 2012) with Aruán Ortiz, Tropelets (Ictus Records, 2014) featuring improvisations based on Jewish biblical chants, and Infinite Spirit (FMR Records, 2016) where he pays tribute to Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band. In the ...

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Whither Freedom? Avant-Garde Jazz in the '80s (1978 - 1990)

Read "Whither Freedom? Avant-Garde Jazz in the '80s (1978 - 1990)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the 1980s, the avant-garde, although still home to many fine free jazz players, increasingly adopted an ecumenical approach to historical styles. Freedom came to include freedom to be “in the tradition." The broadly-influenced music of alto saxophonists Arthur Blythe and Henry Threadgill, clarinetist John Carter and pianist Don Pullen illustrate this trend--in this hour of ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Jazz Immuno-Booster mixtape series continues. This sixth installment features musical therapy selections by Thana Alexa, Francesco Bigoni, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Kris Davis, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, Alexander Hawkins, Will Holshouser, Ha-Yang Kim, Michael Mwenso, Jessica Pavone, Mark Turner, Happy listening! Stay safe and sane with the help of great ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 5" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Back to popular demand! Here's some more musical therapy for these trying times, the fifth installment of this popular mix-tape series, featuring selections by Tim Berne, Theo Bleckmann, Stefano Bollani, Tommaso Cappellato, Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Mats Gustaffson, Maya Keren, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Rosa Brunello and Ben Wendel. Happy listening! Stay safe ...

AACM: Together We Are Stronger

Read "AACM: Together We Are Stronger" reviewed by Chris May

With the passing in 2017 of the pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and trumpeter Phil Cohran, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, formed in Chicago in 1965, lost the last two of the four musicians who organised its inaugural meeting. But with two succeeding generations of standard bearers stepping up to the plate, the AACM ...


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