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Lonnie Liston Smith


The Great Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music’s most versatile musicians. In a career that spans some 40 years, he has been heard in a variety of context as a featured sideman for some of Jazz music’s most illustrious leaders before stepping out to reveal his own original concepts as a bandleader in the mid 70’s. He is a keyboardist of the first rank and has influenced a generation of young players that have acknowledged his rhythmic urgency (swing), harmonic acumen and composing skills. Lonnie was born in Richmond, Virginia into a musical family. His father was a member of the Gospel Group, “The Harmonizing Four”


Jazz Is Dead 17

Label: Jazz Is Dead
Released: 2023
Track listing: Love Brings Happiness; Dawn; Cosmic Changes; Gratitude; Love Can Be; Fete; Kaleidoscope; What May Come; A New Spring.


Article: Album Review

Lonnie Liston Smith: Jazz Is Dead 17

Read "Jazz Is Dead 17" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

If someone has not released a recording in twenty five years, it must be a special occasion. Lonnie Liston Smith went out west, met a Fender Rhodes piano and, voila, conjured up the '70s again. So, technology and memory presumably explain the appearance of this recording, part of the ironically named Jazz is Dead label's series, ...


Article: Album Review

Kaidi Tatham: The Only Way

Read "The Only Way" reviewed by Chris May

The Belfast-based DJ and broken-beat pioneer Kaidi Tatham travels a parallel orbit to that of the London-based DJ Ash Walker. Both are loosely associated with Britain's alternative jazz scene. Both draw on a similar patchwork of influences, including hip hop, rap, techno, old school jazz-funk and modern Brazilian dance music. Both approach the recording studio as ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Javon Jackson, Michael Feinberg & Tim Lin

Read "Javon Jackson, Michael Feinberg & Tim Lin" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We dedicate the entire hour of show 806 to the best of 2023 (so far). The show begins with music from saxophonist Tim Lin's new album Empathy. From there, we hear a new slice of Lonnie Liston Smith from the Jazz is Dead series. We also hear from the likes of Jamie Breiwick, Michael Feinberg and ...


Article: Interview

Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities

Read "Greg Paul: We Can Share These Commonalities" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Drummer, composer, and band leader Greg Paul--born in 1987 and raised in Buffalo, NY--remembers his home town as a place of lived community, especially among musicians. That spirit never left him. On the contrary: he took it to the metropolis of Los Angeles where he relocated in 2011 and still lives today as an internationally acknowledged ...


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 ...

Article: Profile

Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad : Jazz Is Dead

Read "Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad : Jazz Is Dead" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Hanno scelto un marchio provocatorio, Adrian Younge e Ali Shaheed Muhammad per l'etichetta discografica e la piattaforma di musica dal vivo che gestiscono a Los Angeles da alcuni anni. I due musicisti e produttori vengono dalla scena hip-hop: il primo ha lavorato con artisti di fama mondiale come Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief e ...


Article: Interview

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. ...


Article: Album Review

Katalyst: Jazz Is Dead 13

Read "Jazz Is Dead 13" reviewed by Chris May

Drab graphic design aside, the semiology of the Jazz Is Dead label promises good things. The name itself suggests music that is the opposite of dead--something vibrant, inventive, of its time--while the label's co-founders, producers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, are active in the struggle for universal social justice. On top of that, Muhammad was ...


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