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Bruno Parrinha/Abdul Moimême/Carlos Santos: A Silent Play in the Shadow of Power

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Just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the world in early March 2020, electronics artist/composer, Carlos Santos brought together reed player (José) Bruno Parrinha and dual-electric guitarist Abdul Moimême for A Silent Play in the Shadow of Power. The three Lisbon based artists often work within the same cohort of adventurous Portuguese musicians and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Keith Jarrett: Budapest Concert

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In October 2020 Keith Jarrett told the New York Times, “I don't know what my future is supposed to be." In that interview, he revealed what had been rumored for some time. A 2018 stroke—one of two that he had suffered—had left him unable to walk and, without the use of his left hand, perhaps permanently. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Map of Jazz: Crossroads of Music and Human Rights

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 2: New Orleans" of A Map of Jazz: Crossroads of Music and Human Rights by Karl Ackermann (Self Published, 2020). Developing New Orleans was complicated. The city was founded in 1718 in the colony of French Louisiana. The Louisiana Territory was surrendered to Spain in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Shipp - Rob Brown: Then Now

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The piano and saxophone duo of Matthew Shipp and Rob Brown has a musical history which dates back three decades to Sonic Explorations (Cadence, 1988) but they have recorded in this formation sparingly, only releasing one other album, Blink of an Eye (No More Records, 1997). The balance which developed at the start of both of ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

All About Jazz Senior Contributor Karl Ackermann Publishes 'A Map of Jazz: Crossroads of Music and Human Rights'

All About Jazz Senior Contributor Karl Ackermann Publishes 'A Map of Jazz: Crossroads of Music and Human Rights'

A Map of Jazz is a history of jazz in parallel with world events. Jazz matured in the era of prohibition with organized crime as its patron. It was homogenized as swing music and found its true Black voice with Bebop and the Civil Rights movement. In spite of systemic racism in the United States, fascism ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nate Wooley: Seven Storey Mountain VI

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From 2010 onwards, composer-trumpeter Nate Wooley has explored creative music as a solo artist and through a spectrum of collaborators such as Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Mary Halvorson, Ken Vandermark, and Matthew Shipp. These projects have been offset by Wooley's Seven Storey Mountain succession of releases; Seven Storey Mountain VI is a masterwork of expressionist passion and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues: I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox

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The prolific and eclectic saxophonist/composer Jon Irabagon finds his most uninhibited side with his I Donʼt Hear Nothinʼ but the Blues (IDHNBTB) group, one he aptly describes as his “brutal ensemble." I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox expands the group that debuted as a duo, then became a trio on Volume ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Word from Johannesburg, Part I: Nduduzo Makhathini

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In 1919, the Pasadena Evening Post said: “the friends of Mr. Whiteman have with much enthusiasm bestowed the title of “King of Jazz" upon him." While Paul Whiteman was heavily criticized for wearing the crown, it was not one that was self-attributed or with which he felt completely comfortable. But Whiteman was a brilliant marketer and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Shipp Trio: The Unidentifiable

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With each successive project, the prolific Matthew Shipp takes the art form to seemingly unstainable heights and then persists in pushing the bar further along. Shipp began his recording career with a trio project, Circular Temple (Quinton Records, 1992) featuring William Parker and Whit Dickey, two artists that have retained close professional ties to the pianist/composer. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rez Abbasi: Django-shift

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Django Reinhardt's music is so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget his career was relatively brief. The gypsy guitarist/composer had recorded hundreds of 78s and acetates before he died of a stroke in 1953 at age forty-three. On many early sides, he played a six-string banjo-guitar hybrid tuned in the standard tuning of a guitar. Norman ...


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