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Leon Thomas is one of the most unique and gifted of all jazz vocalists, he shocked the jazz world with his amazing capabilities when he took it by storm in the late 1960s with his collaborations with Pharoah Sanders. Leon Thomas born in East St. Louis, Illinois on Oct. 4 1937, and studied music at Tennesseee State University, eventually moving to New York City in 1958. Early sessions included work with names like Count Basie, Randy Weston, Roland Kirk and Oliver Nelson before linking up with Pharoah Sanders for a partnership that continues to entrance listeners today. Leon recorded on two of Sanders’ most renowned classics “Karma,” (1969) and “Jewels Of Thought,” (1970) and his vocals on the cuts "The Creator Has A Master Plan" and "Hum-Allah" have ensured his reputation

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Vinny Golia, James Brandon Lewis & Eric Plaks

Read "Vinny Golia, James Brandon Lewis & Eric Plaks" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The full title to veteran California free jazz saxophonist and icon Vinny Golia's latest recording is very long (Even to This Day... Music for Orchestra and Soloists Movement Two: Syncretism: For The Draw but it pales in comparison to the length of the recording: 13.5 hours plus. Golia began he project before Covid. It features solo, ...

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Article: Album Review

Wayne Escoffery: Like Minds

Read "Like Minds" reviewed by Dave Linn


Wayne Escoffery was born in London and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. He began playing the saxophone at the age of 11, later studying at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. In the late 1990s, Escoffery started gaining recognition on the jazz scene with ...

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Article: Album Review

Lonnie Liston Smith: Jazz Is Dead 17

Read "Jazz Is Dead 17" reviewed by Chris May


Having kicked off 2023 with one of the strongest albums in its catalogue--Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison's Jazz Is Dead 16--Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's label continues on a roll. Jazz Is Dead 17 finds the two producers in their funked-up comfort zone and relishing it. Strange but true, Jazz Is Dead ...

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Mark de Clive-Lowe, Melanie Charles, Shigeto: Hotel San Claudio

Read "Hotel San Claudio" reviewed by Chris May


Lovers of Pharoah Sanders' fundamentally acoustic spiritual-jazz may experience something of a road-to-Damascus moment listening to Hotel San Claudio: the realisation that high-tech, digital-era excursions can, in the right hands, bring more than just novelty to the music. Almost half of Hotel San Claudio--a collaboration between keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe, vocalist and flautist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sun-Mi Hong, Christine Correa, Muriel Grossmann & Manuel Hermia

Read "Sun-Mi Hong, Christine Correa, Muriel Grossmann & Manuel Hermia" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is filled with new interesting new releases, highlighted by ex-pat South Korean drummer Sun-Mi Hong who's settled nicely into the Amsterdam scene, vocalist Christine Correa's take on the seminal music of Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach, saxophonist Muriel Grossmann's spiritual and spirited approach, and Belgian saxophonist Manuel Hermia with his latest band, Freetet. Gebhard ...

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Article: Interview

Kevin “Bujo” Jones: Jazz as a Part of The Continuum

Read "Kevin “Bujo” Jones: Jazz as a Part of The Continuum" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Jazz musicians can be found working in any other music styles, probably because jazz gives great flexibility and freedom of expression that can be easily applied to any music. Kevin “Bujo" Jones, a percussionist born in Englewood, New Jersey, and residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, feels equally comfortable playing jazz and non-jazz. Moreover, he does not ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Marcus, Forest Chorus, Joao Lencastre & Perelman/Shipp

Read "Michael Marcus, Forest Chorus, Joao Lencastre & Perelman/Shipp" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Europe's improvised scene is well-represented in this edition of One Man's Jazz with samplings of new releases by Forest Chorus which feature the great multi-reedist from Finland, Mikko Innanen, Portguese drummer Joao Lencastre & Communion, and three women artists making lots of waves: bassist Silvia Bolognesi from Italy, French pianist Cécille Cappozzo and German drummer Eva ...

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Mark de Clive-Lowe: Celebrating Pharoah Sanders

Read "Mark de Clive-Lowe: Celebrating Pharoah Sanders" reviewed by Chris May


It is a curious thing, but among the present day champions of Pharoah Sanders' fundamentally acoustic music are two early adopters of post-production heavy, digitally-enabled, high-tech mutoid jazz: bassist and producer Bill Laswell and keyboardist and broken-beat pioneer Mark de Clive-Lowe, whose Freedom: Celebrating The Music Of Pharoah Sanders (Soul Bank) was released in July 2022. ...

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Article: Album Review

Nucleus: Nucleus Live at the BBC

Read "Nucleus Live at the BBC" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Dio salvi la regina. E la BBC. L'emittente di stato britannica ha capito fin da subito che da quelle belle energie musicali, che spuntavano come l'erba di Hyde Park sotto al tiepido sole di quelle latitudini, passavano le scelte esistenziali e culturali delle nuove generazioni e sin dagli anni sessanta ha dato ampio spazio alla musica, ...


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