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Edward "Kidd" Jordan's multi-faceted legacy is among of the most influential and enduring in the history of improvised music. An integral part of the seminal musical tapestry of New Orleans, he is the patriarch of one of the city's most respected musical families and his parallel careers as a performer and educator span the past six decades. Now 73, he has worked most of his life outside the mainstream spotlight, tirelessly sustaining the jazz continuum through both his teaching and his cutting edge performances all around the globe with like-minded improvisers.

Born on May 5th, 1935 in Crowley, Louisiana, about two and a half hours Northwest of New Orleans, Jordan grew up in Cajun country listening to zydeco and blues music before hearing Charlie Parker, Lester Young and other jazz musicians while in high school. By his freshman year in college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he studied music, he was playing professionally with local groups. After graduating in 1955, he relocated to New Orleans and began pursuing two of the trademark elements of his career: teaching music and working in pit bands and pick-up groups with the wide variety of prominent musicians passing through the city. That year he also became the brother-in-law of life-long musical partner, and fellow New Orleans jazz legend, Alvin Batiste.

Article: Album Review

Dopolarians: The Bond

Read "The Bond" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Rispetto alla formazione che diede alle stampe l'ottimo Garden Party, ci sono due avvicendamenti: Brian Blade sostituisce Alvin Fielder, storico batterista membro dell'AACM, deceduto pochi mesi dopo quell'incisione e il trombettista Mark Franklin al posto del veterano sassofonista Kidd Jordan. Ma lo spirito e l'approccio rimangono gli stessi, un dialogo aperto tra musicisti di generazioni differenti ...

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Article: Album Review

Chad Fowler / Matthew Shipp: Old Stories

Read "Old Stories" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Call it kismet, karma, astral influence or just plain luck, but when two musicians instantaneously click upon meeting, magic happens. Indeed, that was the case with the coming together of saxophonist Chad Fowler and pianist Matthew Shipp. The New York-based Shipp is ,of course, well known to adventurous listeners from his solo and trio recordings, plus ...

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Article: Album Review

Joel Futterman & Steve Hirsh: Warp & Weft

Read "Warp & Weft" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and modern Buddhist practitioners have all grappled with the concept of consciousness. On one hand, the science-oriented folk propose consciousness to be stuff that designates the 'me' inside a person vis-à-vis the world, whereas the more spiritual approach eschews a dualistic definition in favor of a universal or 'one' consciousness. If we take ...

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: The Music of William Parker: Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World, Volumes 1 – 10

Read "The Music of William Parker: Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World, Volumes 1 – 10" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


If multi-instrumentalist/composer William Parker's ten-CD Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World suggests a cohesive, high concept plan, it is something more. The beautifully packaged clamshell box set is comprised of mutually exclusive projects—one dating back ten years—with some common themes. There is an overall dedication of the music to “all people of ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Article: Live Review

The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios

Read "The Afro Algonquin Trio Live at Michiko Studios" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Afro Algonquin Trio Michiko Studios New York, NY November 20, 2021 The TrioLee “Mixashawn" Rozie is a member of the Maheekanew Confederacy of Algonquin-speaking people. Rozie is Mohegan and his name “Mixashawn" means “the messenger on the wind." The multi-instrumentalist has not been heavily recorded over his long career, perhaps, ...

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

Read "Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


L'attività musicale di William Parker è stata copiosamente documentata da circa centocinquanta dischi, che spaziano in un caleidocopio di gruppi fondati dallo stesso contrabbassista, formazioni cooperative, omaggi, collaborazioni. Ma nessun singolo lavoro, fino a questo momento, aveva focalizzato l'attenzione su un ventaglio di ispirazioni così ampio e completo come si fa ora nei dieci CD del ...

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Garden Party

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: C Melody; Dopolaria; Father Dies, Son Dies; Garden Party; Guilty Happy; Improptu.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Day and Taxi, Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More

Read "Day and Taxi,  Adam Rudolph, Harish Raghavan and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


First out of the mixed bag of audio treats this week (it's Halloween after all!) is a track from Oliver Lake's first recording 43 years ago Ntu: The Point from Which Creation Begins. I haven't played Oliver in a while and that seemed like a good place to begin catching up. Adam Rudolph's epic project, Ragmala, ...


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