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Joshua Abrams

Joshua Abrams is a composer, bassist, and improviser. His early formative musical experiences include performing in a chamber group conducted by Earle Brown, and busking on the streets of Philadelphia as an original member of The Roots. Since the mid-1990s, Abrams has been a key figure in Chicago's creative music communities and an international touring musician with artists across genres. In 2010, Abrams formed the project Natural Information Society (NIS), a group that creates long-form psychedelic environments that join the hypnotic qualities of the guimbri, a Gnawan lute, to a wide range of contemporary musics and methodologies including jazz, minimalism, and experimental rock. Abrams has toured internationally with Natural Information Society, including performances at Endless Shout, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Festival International de Music Actuelle de Victoriaville (Vico), Canada; Fylkingen, Stockholm, Sweden; Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Pritzker Pavillion, Millennium Park, Chicago; Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Sardina, Italy; Serralves em Festa, Serralves Museum, Portugal; Stanser Musiktage Festival, Stans, Switzerland; Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal; and Kaleidophon Festival, Ulrichsberg, Austria

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Article: In Pictures

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2022

Read "Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2022" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik


A collection of photos from the Jazz festival Ljubljana in Slovenia from June 15, 2022 to June 18, 2022 featuring Hamid Drake, Ndoho Ange, Jan Bang, Jamie Saft, Pasquale Mirra, Joshua Abrams, Miha Gantar, Musician Name, Gerry Hemingway, Irreversible Entenglements, Jure Pukl, Peter Evans, Nasheet Waits, Casu Tanrikulu, Tobias Delius, Greg Cohen, Anouar Brahem, Julien Desprez, ...

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Article: In Pictures

Vision Festival 2022

Read "Vision Festival 2022" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

21 Standards on Tap

Read "21 Standards on Tap" reviewed by David Brown


What makes a song a standard? How does a tune enter the commonly shared repertoire that jazz musicians have been expected to know at any moment? Tonight, we spin a variety of well-worn standards for your listening pleasure. Sonny Rollins once said, “Jazz and standards are forever locked in loving embrace." Some commentary in this episode ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Time Spiral: George Russell, Tyshawn Sorey, Yu Nishiyama, Daniel Carter

Read "Time Spiral: George Russell, Tyshawn Sorey, Yu Nishiyama, Daniel Carter" reviewed by David Brown


This week, extended works featuring George Russell's “Time Spiral," Anthony Davis “A Suite for Monk," David Murray and Randy Weston perform “Blue Moses." New releases from Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Yu Nishiyma, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Daniel Carter, and much more. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Keefe Jackson, ...

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Article: In Pictures

Sons D'Hiver 2022: A Tribute To Alice Coltrane

Read "Sons D'Hiver 2022: A Tribute To Alice Coltrane" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bass Is The Place: Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Garrison, Dave Holland And More

Read "Bass Is The Place: Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Garrison, Dave Holland And More" reviewed by David Brown


This week angels & demons are at play as basset luminary Tyler Mitchell and legendary saxophonist Marshall Allen present two new Sun Ra inspired releases. Then, we follow Jimmy Garrison in and out of the Coltrane quartet, followed by more bassist led groups from Wilbur Ware, Ahmed Abdul-Malik (pictured), Linda May Han Oh and others. Bass ...

Album

Cloud Script

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: In Place of Memory; Harbor; Echo Tracer; Duke Hill; Collapsing Novelty; Coniunctio.

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Article: Album Review

Dave Rempis: The Covid Tapes

Read "The Covid Tapes" reviewed by John Sharpe


Like many during the pandemic, Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis turned to novel outlets for his artistic expression. Some fine examples of that output are captured on the double album The Covid Tapes, which pleasingly alternates six unaccompanied performances from the practice room (of between 3 and 7 minutes), with four outdoor live outings (of between 16 ...

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Article: Live Review

Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem

Read "Rinascita a Chicago: le gemme dell’etichetta International Anthem" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Non è casuale che l'etichetta indipendente più innovativa nell'attuale panorama jazzistico (e non solo) sia nata e operi a Chicago. È noto infatti che la metropoli dell'Illinois è una delle capitali del jazz, avendo svolto un ruolo centrale in tutta la storia musicale afro-americana, talvolta paritetico con quello di New York. Nel 2014 ...


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