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J.D. Parran

J. D. Parran is an American multi-woodwind player, educator, and composer specializing in jazz and free improvised music. He plays the soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophone, as well as the E-flat clarinet, clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, flute, piccolo, alto flute, bamboo flute, Native American flute, bamboo saxophone, and nagaswaram. Parran possesses a virtuosic technique and mastery over a number of extended techniques for these instruments. Parran spent his college years in the St. Louis, Missouri area, where he attended Webster University and received an M.A


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William Parker: For Those Who Are, Still

Read "For Those Who Are, Still" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

William Parker non cessa di produrre in modo copioso, travolgente, straripante. Spinto da energia creativa e da onnivora attenzione agli stimoli musicali provenienti da culture e approcci diversi. I tre CD che compongono questo denso cofanetto presentano alcuni lavori registrati dal 2000 al 2013. La sfida è soprattutto sul piano compositivo: “For Fannie Lou Hamer," per ...


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Kali. Z. Fasteau: Piano Rapture

Read "Piano Rapture" reviewed by John Ephland

What makes Piano Rapture so engaging has to do with a combination of moods, movements and magic. Pianist Kali Z. Fasteau takes you on a musical journey into both past and present, with sounds that can be lyrical and rambunctious, quiet and rowdy. Featuring some exquisite wailing and sailing from tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, with healthy ...


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Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Musical archeology has become somewhat of a trend these days. It might be explained, in part by the rebirth of vinyl and the excavation of long out-of-print titles, but also there are scores of devoted collectors who've discovered unpublished recordings of significant artists. For the serially neglected avant-garde of jazz, some of these finds have been ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Marty Ehrlich: A Trumpet In The Morning

Read "Marty Ehrlich: A Trumpet In The Morning" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A Trumpet In The Morning is a first for multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich; it's the first album completely dedicated to his large group works and the first album under his name that's basically directed by his hand rather than his horn(s). The intrepid Ehrlich, who fell under the sway of St. Louis' Black Artists Group (BAG) in ...


Article: Live Review

Yusef Lateef: Celebrating 75 Years of Music at Roulette in Brooklyn

Read "Yusef Lateef: Celebrating 75 Years of Music at Roulette in Brooklyn" reviewed by Scott Krane

Rarely in the history of contemporary American music has one artist iconized as many aspects of organized sound as Yusef Lateef who appeared in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night, April 6, at the new Brooklyn version of the Manhattan performance space, Roulette, near the new Barclay's Arena. In a two-hour performance billed, “Yusef Lateef: Celebrating ...


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Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry

Read "Tiresian Symmetry" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Composer and reed player Jason Robinson tends to weave his musical projects with multiple and overlapping narrative layers, and Tiresian Symmetry is no different. It is more ambitious than his previous large ensemble project, The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), but still draws inspiration from Greek mythology. This time he was inspired by the mythical ...


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Anthony Davis Ensemble Live at Dizzy's San Diego, February 20, 2011

Read "Anthony Davis Ensemble Live at Dizzy's San Diego, February 20, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Anthony Davis EnsembleDizzy's, San DiegoSan Diego, CAFebruary 20, 2011 Composer and pianist Anthony Davis is a modern day renaissance man. Not only is he a master of multiple jazz disciplines, he also has composed several critically acclaimed operas. His classical works have often dealt with controversial subjects, such as Tania, ...


Vignettes in the Spirit of Ellington

Label: Y'All of New York, Inc.
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. Intro #1 (In the Beginning) - 8:11; 02. Strange Land - 4:09; 03. And Here We Go Again - 4:14; 04. Interlude - (1:40); 05. Saint Louis Train - 4:27; 06. Give Me a Moment - 4:24; 07. In the Spirit of - 2:41; 08. Intro #2 (Free At Last) - 6:17; 09. The Ultimate Force - 3:19; 10. Don’t Forget Who I Am (Donald Smith; Jabbo Ware) - 24:46. Tutti i brani composti e arrangiati da Jabbo Ware, escluso N. 10


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Jabbo Ware - The Me We & Them Orchestra: Vignettes in the Spirit of Ellington

Read "Vignettes in the Spirit of Ellington" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La prima domanda che si pone dopo l’ascolto di Vignettes in the Spirit of Ellington riguarda questo Jabbo Ware che riesce a mobilitare una big band con aggiunta di archi, percussioni e corni francesi e presenta un omaggio a Duke Ellington così forte, denso, logico e coinvolgente. Dopo una breve ricerca si scopre che ha un ...


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