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Makaya McCraven

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Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), McCraven brilliantly moves between genres and pushes the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. “You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hip hop…” (UK Vibe) His breakthrough album In the Moment was released with International Anthem Recording Co

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Linda Fredriksson, Steve Coleman, Lyle Mays, Chris Speed & More New Releases

Read "Linda Fredriksson, Steve Coleman, Lyle Mays, Chris Speed & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We are back on the new releases trail with an exceptionally packed playlist featuring a posthumous release by Lyle Mays in celebration of Eberhard Weber, the many sides of Chris Speed, exciting upcoming releases by Makaya McCraven, Irreversible Entanglements, Common, Linda Fredriksson, Steve Coleman, and exciting recent albums by Marc Johnson, Andrew Cyrille, and Douglas J. ...

Article: Interview

Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva

Read "Ashley Henry: la bellezza della musica inclusiva" reviewed by Paolo Marra


Il pianista e compositore Ashley Henry è uno dei più interessanti talenti della nuova generazione di jazzisti britannici che si sta imponendo all'attenzione internazionale. Il suo album di debutto, Beautiful Vinyl Hunter (Sony, 2019), ha rivelato un universo nel quale jazz, grime, drum'n'bass e hip-hop convivono senza snaturare le radici profonde dei grandi jazzisti del passato. ...

Article: Album Review

Brandee Younger: Somewhere Different

Read "Somewhere Different" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Da un decennio Brandee Younger è il nuovo volto dell'arpa nel jazz ma solo da poco ottiene i pieni riconoscimenti del suo valore: nel 2020 vince il referendum della critica di Down Beat nella categoria emergenti per “Strumenti Vari" e nel recentissimo Critics Poll 2021 è votata al secondo posto in quella principale, dopo la violoncellista ...

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Article: Album Review

Carlos Niño: More Energy Fields, Current

Read "More Energy Fields, Current" reviewed by Chris May


Los Angeles-based percussionist, producer and sometime radio DJ Carlos Niño is active in jazz and new age music. His new age work, though immaculately crafted, is of limited interest from an AAJ perspective. But his jazz projects repay close attention. An early landmark was Horace (Elephant, 2001), singer Dwight Trible's salute to pianist, bandleader and community ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron

Read "Remembering Gil Scott-Heron" reviewed by Russell Perry


Gil Scott-Heron, musician and poet much loved in the jazz community, passed away 10 years ago on May 27, 2011. His recordings of the '70s and early '80s are critical touchpoints of that era, documenting African-American indignity and pride with a raw street passion. His final release, I'm New Here (XL Recordings, 2010), his first in ...

Article: Profile

La vita e la musica di Makaya McCraven

Read "La vita e la musica di Makaya McCraven" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Un ritratto di Makaya McCraven deve necessariamente considerare la mutazione antropologica che è avvenuta nell'ultima generazione di musicisti afroamericani che si spingono oltre la tradizionale sintesi tra jazz e generi popolari, usando creativamente la tecnologia sperimentata nell'ultimo trentennio dai DJ e produttori dell'hip-hop e della club culture. Le musiche di questo tumultuoso torrente ...

News: Video / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six musicians to watch in 2021

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six musicians to watch in 2021

As the new year begins, no one is sure exactly when live music will resume on a widespread, regular basis or when touring artists will be able to start traveling again. We can, however, still keep an eye and ear on some of the jazz artists who seem likely to be influential over the next 12 ...

Album

We're New Again

Label: XL Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Special Tribute (Broken Home, Pt. 1); I'm New Here; Running; Blessed Parents; New York is Killing Me; The Patch (Broken Home, Pt. 2); People of the Light; Being Blessed; Where Did the Night Go; Lily Scott (Broken Home, Pt.3); I'll Take Care of You; I've Been Me; This Can't Be Real; Piano Player; The Crutch; Guided (Broken Home, Pt.4); Certain Bad Things; Me and the Devil.

Album

The Weather Up There

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleep; 1985; All I Know; It's Nothing; The Breaks; Hike; Elegy; Return These Tides; The Weather Up There; He Pushes Up.


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