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Joe McPhee

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Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany; during his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton ’s Freedom and Unity , recorded in 1967 and released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which McPhee appears

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The Sweet Spot

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2022
Track listing: Malachai; AMS; Free 3; Human Being; e320; The Sweet Spot; For Django.

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Article: Album Review

Michael Bisio: Inimitable

Read "Inimitable" reviewed by John Sharpe


Although unaccompanied recordings certainly had a moment during the pandemic, bassist Michael Bisio's Inimitable was actually recorded a few weeks before Covid upended the world. While he is a bandleader of some accomplishment, with a string of excellent albums from his quartet in the mid-2000s, and recent dates which include Row For William O (Relative Pitch, ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by John Sharpe


Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado hits the jackpot with the debut by his Northern Liberties quartet. He's found gifted collaborators in the Norwegian threesome of trumpeter Thomas Johansson, drummer Gard Nilssen and bassist Jon Rune Strøm. Amado's preferred domain is muscular free jazz. It's territory he's thoroughly explored with his Motion Trio, supplemented by guests like trumpeter ...

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Article: Album Review

John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble: Volume 1

Read "Volume 1" reviewed by John Sharpe


For those worried about soaring energy bills, the inflammatory foursome of tenor saxophonist John Dikeman, pianist Pat Thomas, bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble certainly offers one solution. They must have truly warmed the room at London's Cafe Oto on a cold February evening in 2019, on the evidence of the forty-minute program presented on ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Luke Stewart Silt Trio, Nublu Orchestra & Brodie West Quintet

Read "Luke Stewart Silt Trio, Nublu Orchestra & Brodie West Quintet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Bassist Luke Stewart is a prominent name in improvised sessions these days. His own Silt Trio has a very interesting new release, The Bottom, and it's the highlight album on this edition of One Man's Jazz. Also very interesting is Toronto alto player Brodie West's new Meadow Of Dreams; it's coming out the new Toronto label, ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Two From TUM

Read "Two From TUM" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A true smorgasbord of creative music in this edition of One Man's Jazz. It's all good--American masters Andrew Cyrille and William Parker joined by Enrico Rava, the OGJB Quartet, Joe McPhee, New Orleans poet Don Paul, Tony Malaby & Reggie Workman--European flavours from pianists Joona Toivanen from Finland and Alexander Hawkins from England, Nexus and Rope ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Bisio: Inimitable

Read "Inimitable" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist and composer Michael Bisio has appeared on more than one hundred recordings, including numerous appearances with Tomas Ulrich, Ivo Perelman, Joe McPhee, and a regular partnership with Matthew Shipp. More than a dozen of his albums feature the bassist as a leader or co-leader but only one, Travel Music (Self-produced, 2011) has been a solo ...

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Article: Album Review

Rodrigo Amado Northern Liberties: We Are Electric

Read "We Are Electric" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The predicament with modern albums is that an album is often more than just one album. With the advent of streaming music, and compact discs before it, music expands beyond the unit we traditionally designated as side one or side two of an LP. A perfect example of this concept is We Are Electric by the ...


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