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Kevin Ray

Kevin Ray came to music relatively late in life, entering The New School at 25, where he came under the wing of Reggie Workman, a relationship that continues to this day. Under Reggie’s tutelage, he developed an appreciation for the entire spectrum of what is called jazz, as well as an affinity for adventurous artists such as The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill, The World Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Cyrille, and others. Unsure of himself after college, he managed a department at Forbes Publishing, and worked as a consultant at JPMorgan Chase. At the same time, he came into contact with one of his spiritual mentors, Andrew Hill

Album

Cool With That

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Side; Oh Hell I Forgot About That; Social Distance; I'm Cool with That; One.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Tao Of Matthew Shipp

Read "The Tao Of Matthew Shipp" reviewed by Mark Corroto


To borrow a line from Mark Twain, the reports of Matthew Shipp's retirement have been greatly exaggerated. Some years back, the pianist announced his retirement from recording, only to make a comeback. The second time he reiterated that statement, he told us that be would only be touring and playing solo concerts. Not quite “The Boy ...

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Article: Album Review

East Axis: Cool With That

Read "Cool With That" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Free improvisation has a special place in a polarized world. It accepts and rejects jazz culture in an ebb and flow of unprompted ideas. On the album Cool With That we get the essence of the music's history from the inside, out. The quartet East Axis is new in name but the unit has been in ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Jazz in the Time of Pandemic

Read "Jazz in the Time of Pandemic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The first week of April 2020: images crystalized the daily news reports; a dystopian Times Square; Piazza Navona in Rome, emptied of tourists, Barcelona's Basílica de la Sagrada Família standing like an abstract ruin, makeshift morgues in hospital parking lots. The jazz world is small but still a microcosm of society with interdependencies that run deep. ...

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Article: Album Review

10³²K: The Law of Vibration

Read "The Law of Vibration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


This is where the laws of physics meet the laws of the universe. The imaginative dynamism that marked 10³²K's debut That Which is Planted (Passin' Thru Records, 2014) is taken to another level on their new release The Law of Vibration. The trio of trombonist/trumpeter Frank Lacy, bassist Kevin Ray and percussionist Andrew Drury are joined ...

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Article: Live Review

Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray at Le Poisson Rouge

Read "Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray at Le Poisson Rouge" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Shipp / Lowe / Baker / Ray Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY August 11, 2018 Bring together Matthew Shipp, Newman Taylor Baker, Allen Lowe and Kevin Ray and you have more than an inspired music event; this is a living history that--by professional extension--covers the study of ...

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Article: Album Review

1032K: That Which Is Planted

Read "That Which Is Planted" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


The intrepid and original trio 1032K (the temperature at which the laws of physics no longer apply) is comprised of three versatile and singularly artful musicians who share a common creative vision. Their phenomenal That Which is Planted is a stimulating glimpse at this collaboration recorded live in Buffalo and Rochester, New York. The group radically ...

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Article: Album Review

Frank Lacy: That Which Is Planted

Read "That Which Is Planted" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The real reason the revolution will not be televised (with apologies to Gil Scott Heron) is that the sound of the revolution is free jazz. While those street fighting men are satisfied to throw rock music up against the wall, the real uprising is music of bands like 1032K. With roots in the streets and lofts ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

Thirsty Ear at Stone Curated by Peter Gordon: October 1-15

In 1990, Thirsty Ear made its emergence as a record label of its own, quickly accelerating its position and becoming one of the top alternative independent labels within the U.S. music industry. Since its beginning in 2000, the story of the Blue Series has been one of focused, organic evolution. From free jazz masters, legends in ...


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