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Idris Ackamoor

Idris Ackamoor (born Bruce Baker) is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor, tap dancer, producer, administrator, and director. He is the Founder, Executive/Co-Artistic Director of the multi-disciplinary San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey. Ackamoor is also the Artistic Director of the world music/jazz ensemble The Pyramids. He grew up in Chicago, and founded the Pyramids in the early 1970s at Antioch College, Ohio, as part of Cecil Taylor's Black Music Ensemble. They toured Africa in the 1970s, adding musicians and new instruments, before returning to the US and settling in San Francisco

Shaman!

Label: Strut Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Act 1: Shaman; Tango Of Love; Act 2: Eternity; When Will I See You Again?; Act 3: Salvation; Theme For Cecil; Act 4: Virgin; The Last Slave Ship; Dogon Mysteries.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993

Read "Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993" reviewed by Chris May

The significance of this superb compilation is summed up by a fuzzy b&w photo inside the twenty-eight page accompanying booklet. It shows Oneness Of Juju gathered round a twenty-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty in their hometown, Richmond, Virginia in 1976. You can just make out the expressions of optimism and, yes, patriotism on the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Strata-East: Seizing the Time

Read "Strata-East: Seizing the Time" reviewed by Chris May

Operating on minimum finance and maximum passion, Brooklyn's Strata-East label was a pivotal platform for the spiritual-jazz movement that emerged during the Civil Rights struggle of the 1970s. Its closest contemporary comparator was Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Both were non-profit organisations. The AACM was non-profit by design. With Strata-East, co-founder Charles Tolliver ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tribe: Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990 - 2014

Read "Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990 - 2014" reviewed by Chris May

Hot on the heels of jny: Detroit trombonist and co-founder of the Tribe Phil Ranelin's Phil Ranelin Collected 2003—2019 (Wide Hive, 2019), comes another funked up spiritual-jazz beauty from the collective. The music on both albums is about as good as jazz ever gets and, given the social divisions being encouraged by reactionary politicians on both ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

Read "Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York" reviewed by Arthur R George

That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

We Out Here: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

Read "We Out Here: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nerija: Blume

Read "Blume" reviewed by Chris May

Nérija is a collective comprising seven of the brightest stars on London's alternative jazz scene—alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi and tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia, trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Rosie Turton, guitarist Shirley Tetteh, bassist Rio Kai and drummer Lizy Exell. All are bandleaders in their own right. You would expect such a line-up to deliver the goods ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait

Read "Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

[If this program is unavailable in your country from Mixcloud, please scroll down and listen via the Soundcloud player embedded below.] This week we feature an exclusive interview with, and two hours of music by, Idris Ackamoor, the bay area saxophonist who will be making a much-anticipated U.S. tour in the coming days. ...


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