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Take Five with Ron Jackson

Read "Take Five with Ron Jackson" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Ron Jackson: World-renowned, Seven String Jazz Guitarist, composer, and arranger, Ron Jackson has performed, recorded, and taught music in over 30 countries. Jackson is likely the only African American seven-string jazz guitarist alive. His goal is to bring awareness to the instrument through education, music, and events. As a musician, Jackson has been ...

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Article: Album Review

The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Ah, The Sound of jny: Philadelphia. For folks lucky enough to grow up in or around the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in the mid-to late-1970s (I'm one), the very phrase resounds with memories, most emanating from Sigma Sound Studios on North 12th Street: Thick yet clear arrangements, pumping and thumping basslines and rhythms, ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

Read "From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Dave Fiuczynski Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! RareNoise Records 2016 Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

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Article: Album Review

On Kaa Davis: X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music

Read "X-Ray Search Light Project: Djuke Music" reviewed by Dave Wayne


Though he's logged considerable time in Sun Ra's Arkestra, Kenny Wolleson's Himalayas Collective, and groups led by Donald Ayler, Charles 'Bobo' Shaw, and Luther Thomas, On Kaa Davis is not just another avant-garde jazz dude. As a teenager, the Cleveland, Ohio native journeyed to Vienna, Austria, where he studied classical guitar at the Hochschule for Music ...

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Article: Album Review

Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages

Read "Ask the Ages" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


In 1994, guitarist Sonny Sharrock died from a sudden heart attack at age 53, leaving behind a body of cutting-edge jazz guitar compositions and recordings that still sounds ahead of its time.Ask the Ages (1991, Island), Sharrock's last official release, literally was one for the ages, recorded with an amazing quartet which teamed the ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More

Read "Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Terry Adams Talk Thelonious Clang! Records / Euclid Records 2015 Thelonious Monk's music has been more misunderstood and misinterpreted than most composers.' How you play Monk's music is just as important as what you play, and what you don't play is often just as important as what you do. ...

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Article: Live Review

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


NYC Winter JazzfestNew York, NYJanuary 13-17, 2016 If you make the rounds in New York City on any night of the week, during any week of the year, there's always an abundance of quality jazz to hear. But when NYC Winter Jazzfest takes hold, the cup truly runneth over. This massive ...

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News: Recording

Dash! Releases New Album "Dash! Off," Marking Their 10th Anniversary

Dash! Releases New Album "Dash! Off," Marking Their 10th Anniversary

DASH! Off is the fourth album of DASH!, the Amsterdam-based free-funk trio led by saxophonist-clarinettist-composer Maarten Ornstein. This new album was recorded live in Splendor Amsterdam, the city's most dynamic new music venue. DASH! Off offers five trio pieces and a 30 minute suite featuring special guests Michael Moore, Joost Buis, Jasper Stadhouders and Joshua Samson, ...

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Article: Live Review

2015 Detroit Jazz Festival

Read "2015 Detroit Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Detroit Jazz Festival Hart Plaza Detroit, Michigan September 4-7, 2015 As the world's largest free jazz festival, Detroit's annual Labor Day offering provides a rewarding, but daunting task for anyone set to hunker down in the Motor City all Labor Day weekend. This year about 60 performances were in the offing ...

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Article: Album Review

Lars Bech Pilgaard: I Want You To Be Around Me

Read "I Want You To Be Around Me" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Danish guitarist Lars Bech Pilgaard is known for restless, left-of-center aesthetics that characterize his solo efforts and work in bands such as SVIN and Slowburn. In 2012 he released a limited edition, handmade solo disc featuring mostly low-fi recordings. Now he continues with the same collector's- item, do-it- yourself philosophy. This release featured only 100 12” ...


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