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John Tchicai


By approaching jazz from a wide scope, Afro-Danish-American John Tchicai has been continuously progressive throughout his life. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1936, of a Danish mother and a Congolese father and growing up in healthy surroundings, John Martin Tchicai became a leading exponent of the jazz avant-garde in New York in the '60s and a father-figure for the European avant-garde after that. Now based in Davis, California, and Claira, France, by a single-mindedness of purpose and action, his work still reflects what he's always been doing, which is innovate and inspire other people, in a most refreshing way


4 Horns & What? – The Complete American Recordings

Label: Corner Store Jazz
Released: 2024
Track listing:
CD 1:
A'lil Iowa Get-Down; El-Smoke; Ballad For Heike; Point Period; Atmospheres; Corner Store Strut; Alone; Blues for Israel.
CD 2:
Holler 4 Horns; Out of the Bowels; Sweep; Goofus' Step; Some Sick Slick; Where Now; Adrienne's Jazzmarchrag; Phantoms; Eclipse.
CD 3:
Don Byron intro; Holler4Horns; A Little Iowa Get-Down; Phil Speaks 1; Goofus' Step; Saeta; Phil Speaks 2; West Virginian Blues; Waltz for Gerry (Last Dance); Phil Speaks 3; Eclipse.


Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Laugh Ash

Read "Laugh Ash" reviewed by Vic Albani

Dopo lo straordinario lavoro dedicato al Vudù haitiano del 2021 (Path of Seven Colors) anch'esso uscito per la straordinaria Pyroclastic Records di Kris Davis, il batterista, percussionista e compositore Ches Smith, acclamato dal New York Times come “uno dei batteristi più dinamici della scena sperimentale del pianeta," colpisce ancora con un nuovo sorprendente lavoro immensamente variegato, ...

Article: Album Review

New York Art Quartet: New York Art Quartet Revisited

Read "New York Art Quartet Revisited" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Questa preziosa (ancora una volta) riedizione di oltre un'ora e un quarto di musica riunisce i primi due album di uno dei gruppi più leggendari della stagione free, il primo intitolato semplicemente col suo nome e pubblicato dall'altrettanto leggendaria ESP fondata nel 1963 da Bernard Stollman (incisione del 16 novembre 1964), il secondo, Mohawk, di pochi ...


New York Art Quartet Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Short; Sweet / Black Dada Nihilismus; Rosmosis; No. 6 (1964); Rufus 3rd; Mohawk; Banging on the White House; No. 6 (1965); Everything Happens to Me.


Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

For many, Black Friday conjures up images of massive crowds battling each other to get their hands on marked down gift items at huge department stores. For record collectors, though, the scene is much less dramatic because Black Friday is one of two yearly Record Store Day drops. This is where limited run albums hit the ...


Article: Profile

Remembering Carla Bley: Jazz Innovator Extraordinaire

Read "Remembering Carla Bley: Jazz Innovator Extraordinaire" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Carla Bley, composer, arranger, free-jazz pioneer, band leader, pianist and independent, whose compositions became jazz standards, has died at the age of 87. She had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2018. Bley's most famous recording was her sprawling, genre-elusive triple album Escalator Over the Hill (JCOA Records, 1971). On the back of this ...

Article: Album Review

Antonio Borghini: Banquet of Consequences

Read "Banquet of Consequences" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Dalla fine degli anni Novanta avevo assistito all'esordio di Antonio Borghini in seno al collettivo bolognese Bassesfere, al fianco di Fabrizio Puglisi, Cristina Zavalloni, Domenico Caliri, Edoardo Marraffa e tanti altri. Già nei primi anni del Duemila il contrabbassista aveva cominciato a collaborare anche con maestri internazionali del calibro di Tristan Honsinger, Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

The New York Art Quartet and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics

Read "The New York Art Quartet  and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics" reviewed by John Eyles

Although the Ezz-thetics label has been issuing a steady stream of classic albums from the '50s and '60s, some of the label's releases cannot be called classics but are of great historical interest and significance nonetheless. Some such albums are discoveries which have never before been released, while others are reissues of albums which were outshone ...

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New York Art Quartet

The New York Art Quartet was a pioneering free jazz ensemble that emerged in the early 1960s. The group was formed in 1964 by saxophonist John Tchicai and drummer Milford Graves, both of whom were associated with the avant-garde jazz movement in New York City. The quartet also included trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Lewis Worrell.

The New York Art Quartet was known for their innovative and experimental approach to jazz, drawing from various influences such as bebop, free improvisation, and European classical music. They embraced a collective improvisational style, allowing each member to contribute their unique voice to the music.


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