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John Lindberg

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Bassist/composer/producer John Lindberg embarked on his professional career in 1975 at the age of sixteen. After having toured America working as a bassist in a variety of musical genres, he arrived in New York in 1977 and immersed himself in the world of jazz and improvised music, while pursuing private bass studies with Dr. David Izenzon and Dave Holland. In the same year he co-founded the String Trio of New York, a composers collective performance unit that has produced fifteen recordings and presented hundreds of concerts worldwide, and which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary season. In 1979 he formed his first ensemble dedicated to the performance of his compositions, and since has made more than two dozen recordings that feature his works, under his name

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Article: Six Picks

2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems

Read "2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Giovanni Guidi Ojos De Gato CAM Jazz 2021 In a year where saxophone roots-revivalist James Brandon Lewis made headlines everywhere --topping multiple year end lists for his collaboration with the Red Lily quartet on Jesup Wagon (among numerous placements in jazz publications around the globe for that album and ...

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The Chicago Symphonies

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc 1: Movement 1: Light Fields and Circles: Amina Claudine Myers; Voices. Movement 2: Joyful, Sound and the Numbers; People: The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Movement 3: Pastoral: Joseph Jarman, As If It Were the Season of Seasons; Sherry Scott, Voice; Thurman Baker, Charlie Clark and Christopher Giddy. Movement 4: Creative Music; West End Blues and the Sonic Wealth Bird: Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Lil Hardin and Baby Dodds. Movement 5: Star-Fields: The Secretary, John S. Jackson. Disc 2: Movement 1: The Rare Air Songs In Sonic Forms and Metrical Folding: Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall and Fred Hopkins. Movement 2: Chicago: Culture, Creativity and the Artistic Passion; A Profile of the Next Generations. Movement 3: Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of the Light Spectrums; A New Culture: The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Movement 4: Jack DeJohnette: A Special Edition, New Directions and the Sonic Rhythm Units. Disc 3: Movement 1: For Alto; In the Orchestra: nJM 488; Anthony Braxton: Operas. Movement 2: Leroy Jenkins Mixed Quintet Sonics: Dance Opera. Movement 3: Heliocentric Sun Ra Energy and Particles of Light. Movement 4: Jupiter Skies: Kelan Phil Cochran and the Chicago Kulture. Movement 5: Scented Yellow and Red Chrysanthemums; Wadada Leo Smith: The Bell In Silence Resonants and Ten Freedom Summers. Disc 4: Movement 1: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America. Movement 2: Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg: Two Seven Two, 1863. Movement 3: The Visionaries, Abraham Lincoln and Barack Hussein Obama. Movement 4. Barack Hussein Obama at Selma: the Bridge of Transformation. Movement 5: Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America.

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies

Read "The Chicago Symphonies" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The prolific virtuoso Wadada Leo Smith gave us two TUM Records box sets in the first half of 2021 and will end the year with two more, including the very ambitious The Chicago Symphonies. The four-disc collection features the trumpeter/composer's Great Lakes Quartet with saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The final ...

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Born In An Urban Ruin

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Swooping Deep (clarinet version); Vermont Roadside Family; The Left Wrist (For Roy Campbell 9j memoriam) Part I; Part II; Part III; The Excavation; Swooping Deep; Devastation Of Vegetation; Born In An Urban Ruin; Swooping Deep (bass version).

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Article: Album Review

Maciej Obara Quartet: Dominik Wania/Ole Morten Vågan/Gard Nilssen: Unloved

Read "Unloved" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A distinct vernacular, unabashedly quixotic lyricism and an authoritative style of playing are among the notable characteristics that define Maciej Obara. The Polish saxophonist and composer had performed with Tomasz Stańko in the trumpeter's “New Balladyna Quartet" project and he has recorded with John Lindberg, Ralph Alessi, Mark Helias and Nasheet Waits. Obara was also on ...

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Article: Album Review

John Lindberg: Western Edges

Read "Western Edges" reviewed by John Sharpe


Released simultaneously with Born In An Urban Ruin (Clean Feed, 2016), Western Edges reveals yet another facet of bassist John Lindberg's interest. The Raptor Trio reunites Lindberg with saxophonist Pablo Calogero, a comrade from NYC's loft jazz era, when both were 16 years old. Calogero, who was also involved in proto hiphop groups, has been little ...

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Article: Album Review

Verneri Pohjola: Pekka

Read "Pekka" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Finnish multi-instrumentalist Pekka Pohjola was a classically trained pianist and violinist but known best as a bassist in his native country. The proponent of a unique fusion of jazz, progressive rock and classical music, his work had elements of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Antonín Dvořák, sometimes all within a single composition. Pohjola died while only ...

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Article: Under the Radar

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Wadada Leo Smith Presents The Create Festival, April 8 & 9, 2017 In New Haven

Visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the first-ever CREATE Festival, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music that will feature classic works alongside world premiere performances. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 2017 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, Connecticut, the festival will include performances ...


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