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Jamaaladeen Tacuma

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Few musicians leave their audiences with a feeling that they have truly witnessed something amazing. Artist/Producer/Performer/Arranger/Innovator and Bassist - Jamaaladeen Tacuma does just that. This native Philadelphian has always stretched the old mold of what and how a bassist is supposed to play. Tacuma has simply re-defined his instrument's artistic potential. In the mid 70's, his creatively free approach to the bass caught the eye and ear of the legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Tacuma became a member of Coleman's electric band, Prime Time, he toured with the group and played on some of Coleman's historic recordings such as: "Dancing In Your Head", "Body Meta", and "Of Human Feelings". As a soloist, Tacuma continued to press the musical envelope with his debut album in 1983 entitled simply, "Showstopper"

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021

Read "John Pietaro's Best In Jazz And New Music 2021" reviewed by John Pietaro


This year in which we celebrated the return of live performance and simultaneously foresaw a rise in virus numbers and the resumption of show and venue closings, the pervasive issue remains on the anti-vax know-nothings affecting the lives of the careful, caring and compliant. Health regs and advisories as simple as getting a lifesaving vaccine are ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Pt. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis and of course, that includes musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck) for your listening pleasure. Most of the music is very personal, as if the ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro


It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...

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News: Recording

Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley: Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

Portrait Of Cannonball Adderley:  Award-Winning Saxophonist Tony Kofi Readies  “Another Kind Of Soul” For April 24th Release

BBC and Parliamentary Jazz Awards winner Tony Kofi will release Another Kind of Soul 24th April on The Last Music Company label. The album, recorded live at Luton’s Bear Club in 2019 by Paul Riley, also features Andy Davies on trumpet, pianist Alex Webb, bassist Andrew Cleyndert and Alfonso Vitale on drums. The session traces the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mareike Wiening's Debut Album

Read "Mareike Wiening's Debut Album" reviewed by Bob Osborne


German drummer and composer Mareike Wiening released her debut album featuring her original compositions performed by an outstanding quintet of New York improvisers on November 1st . Metropolis Paradise is dedicated to Wiening's six year residence in the Big Apple and is the featured album on this show. We also preview the excellent new album from ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by John Sharpe


An UnRuly Manifesto feels like the album tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has been working towards since his relocation to New York in 2012. His quintet's standout set at the 2019 Vision Festival was based around this program, no surprise given that this is such a formidable disc. Lewis retains the services of bassist Luke Stewart ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tony Kofi

Read "Take Five with Tony Kofi" reviewed by Tony Kofi


About Tony Kofi A two-time winner of the BBC Jazz Awards among others--Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents who plays alto, baritone, soprano, tenor Saxophone and flute. He cut his teeth in the Jazz Warriors of the early '90s, and went on to establish himself as a musician, teacher ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor: Radiant Imprints

Read "Radiant Imprints" reviewed by Mark Corroto


When saxophonist James Brandon Lewis released Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014) with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the jazz world went from “who is this guy?" to “make space at the table," because listeners had discovered a truly distinctive voice. After that came Days Of Freeman (Okeh, 2015) with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Rudy Royston and ...

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Article: Album Review

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: Live from Stern Grove Festival

Read "Live from Stern Grove Festival" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Putting together your follow-up can't be easy when your self-produced, self-titled debut wins the notoriously competitive Best Tropical Latin Album GRAMMY® Award. Where could trumpeter Steffen Kuehn (from Germany) and pianist Christian Tumulan (from Mexico) lead the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (PMO) from there? Tumulan and Kuehn smartly construct PMO's second release to do what ...


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