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John Stevens

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Talking The Groove: Jazz Words From The Morning Star

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Talking The Groove: Jazz Words From The Morning Star Chris Searle 394 Pages ISBN: 978-1-9163206-7-3 Jazz In Britain 2024 Although Marxist-Leninist theory itself has proved to be, at best, a blind alley--and, at worst, in practice the enemy of the freedoms it claims to champion--writers from the Left ...

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Article: Book Review

Music Farther Outside by Bill Shoemaker

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Music Farther Outside: Experimental Music During Brexit and the Pandemic Bill Shoemaker 213 Pages ISBN: #9781538178775 Rowman & Littlefield 2023 Music Farther Outside is a sequel to two books. First, it is Bill Shoemaker's follow-up to his excellent Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Both ...

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Article: Album Review

Trevor Watts' Original Drum Orchestra: The Art Is In The Rhythm Volume 2

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A co-founder of London's pioneering Spontaneous Music Ensemble with drummer John Stevens in the mid 1960s, saxophonist Trevor Watts has straddled an unusually wide spectrum of genres. With SME he explored an area of free jazz which, in deliberate contrast to contemporary American adventurers such as Ornette Coleman or members of the Association for the Advancement ...

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Inclusivity

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Live At The 100 Club Set 1: Phase 1 – 5. Disc Two: Live At The 100 Club Set 2: Phase 6 – 8; Encore. Disc Three: Live At Grass Roots: Phase 1 – 6.

Album

Detail - 90

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Detail - 90A; Detail - 90B.

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Article: Album Review

Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Detail - 90

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The group Detail first played together in December 1981. After a short period when the Norwegian pianist Eiven One Pederson was a member, it stabilised as a trio comprising Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, South African bassist (and one-time Blue Note artist) Johnny Dyani, and British drummer John Stevens; these three recorded the group's first album, Backwards ...

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Article: Album Review

Sonoria: Live in Pisa (Alessandro Giachero)

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Il progetto Sonora, registrato in questo CD dal vivo a Pisa lo scorso anno, rappresenta la focalizzazione del pianista Alessandro Giachero sull'aspetto sonoro della propria ricerca, sul rapporto tra metamorfosi del suono e interiorità. Per un significativo ritratto-intervista del musicista, si veda Alessandro Giachero: consapevolezza e ricerca di Neri Pollastri. Questo lavoro si sviluppa su due ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases

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This week a tribute to the great Nigeria drummer, percussionist and songwriter Tony Allen. One of the main collaborators, and musical director, of Fela Kuti's band Africa '70 from 1968 to 1979, he was a central figure in Afrobeat music. In later years he embraced a variety of musical styles, developed “Afrofunk" and worked with a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

chuffDRONE, Treesearch & Mark Segger

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This episode is a mixed bag of some newer releases and some recent ones definitely worthy of revisiting. The Austrian quintet chuffDrone takes an interesting approach to its highly polished improvisation, while the duo of bassist Rob Clutton and saxophonist Tony Malaby create an album of gems on Offering; it's the kind of personal connection that ...


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