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Jacques Coursil

Jacques Coursil was born in Paris in 1938, his parents were from Fort de France, Martinique, and he received his musical and other schooling in the French capital. Between 1958 and 1961 he travelled in West Africa during its decolonization, and enjoyed a long stay in Dakar where he was given a welcome by the entourage of Léopold Sédar Senghor. On his return to France he taught literature and continued his musical training. In 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated; Coursil went to The United States, where he would remain for ten years. He landed in New York among all the agitation surrounding Civil Rights and the advent of free jazz (new thing), art happenings, protests and Hippies… For the next decade he had the opportunity to work alongside the greatest musicians in America, both on the jazz scene and in contemporary music


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Marion Brown/Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981

Read "Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981" reviewed by Mark Corroto

One of the benefits of our digital music world is the ability to drive deeply into the jazz narrative. By that I mean, preserving the story of important musicians, the ones whose story was omitted from the Ken Burns' CliffsNotes history of jazz. Without a few labels and several producers, musicians like Bobby Naughton, Clifford Thornton, ...


Trails of Tears

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Nunna Daal Sunyi; Tagaloo, Georgia; Tahlequah, Oklahoma; The Removal Act I; The Removal Act II; Gorée; The Middle Passage.


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Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning at CSV Cultural Center, NYC

Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning at CSV Cultural Center, NYC

ROZANNE LEVINE & CHAKRA TUNING AT CSV CULTURAL CENTER, LOWER MANHATTAN ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 PROGRAM: Evolving Music Mondays presents Creative Sounds of Dissension featuring ROZANNE LEVINE & CHAKRA TUNING: Rozanne Levine: clarinets/bamboo flute; Perry Robinson: clarinets; Mark Whitecage: clarinet/saxophones; Rosi Hertlein: violin/voice. VENUE: CSV Cultural Center: LES Galleryקst floor; 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & ...


Article: Album Review

Jacques Coursil: Trails of Tears

Read "Trails of Tears" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Trumpeter, Jacques Coursil's Trails of Tears is quite simply, a monumental undertaking and a major work that ought to bring to light some of the earlier work that comments on colonialism in America, such as the equally important Gorée (Schemp, 1984), from Beaver Harris/Don Pullen 360˚ Experience; that composition itself being a strident dirge about the ...


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Announcing the Winners of the "Jacques Coursil - Trails of Tears" Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of the "Jacques Coursil - Trails of Tears" Giveaway

Keith Stern, Mary Capps, Tommy Culpepper, Greg Camphire and Harald Kisiedu, Congratulations! You're the lucky winners of the Sunnyside Records “Jacques Coursil - Trails of Tears“ giveaway. All About Jazz will contact you about claiming your prize. We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and please visit Sunnyside Records for more releases. Enjoy ...


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Enter the "Jacques Coursil - Trails of Tears" Giveaway Contest

Enter the  "Jacques Coursil - Trails of Tears" Giveaway Contest

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the Sunnyside “Jacques Coursil—Trails of Tears“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on January 12th.Click here to enter the contest (Following Jacques Coursil at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! Your Friends at Sunnyside Records About Jacques ...



Label: Universal Music Group
Released: 2008
Track listing: 1. Prologue - Paroles Mues (Coursil) - 04:03; 2. Monchaochi, Wélélé - Nou nos clameurs (Coursil, Monchoachi) - 11:46; 3. Frantz Fanon 1952 (Coursil, Fanon) - 07:02; 4. La Chanson d'Antar - Paroles Nues (Coursil, D'Antar) - 05:59; 5. Edouard Glissant, l'Archipel des Grands Chaos - la Traite (Coursil) - 05:35; 6. Edouard Glissant, l'Archipel des Grands Chaos - Les Îles (Coursil, Glissant) - 08:11; 7. Epilogue - Cadence de Chaines (Coursil) - 09:37


Article: Album Review

Jacques Coursil: Clameurs

Read "Clameurs" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Difficile parlare di questo album in astratto, senza dare prima un'idea del percorso che ha portato l'autore Jacques Coursil a realizzare un lavoro così particolare e interessante. Nato a Parigi alla fine degli anni '30 da genitori martinicani, nel '65 si trasferisce a New York e collabora con Anthony Braxton, Sunny Murray, Alan Silva... Diventa figura ...



Label: MD (Belgium)
Released: 2007


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