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Matana Roberts

Matana Roberts is an internationally celebrated composer, performer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist, and mixed-media practitioner.

Working across many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, music composition, visual art, dance, poetry, and theatre, Roberts is perhaps best known for their acclaimed Coin Coin project - a multi-chapter work of 'panoramic sound quilting' mixed media performance work, that aims to expose the mystical roots and intuitive traditions of American creative expression, while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrative, history, community and political expression within sonic structures.


Article: Album Review

Mazz Swift: The 10000 Things: PRAISE SONGS for the iRiligious

Read "The 10000 Things: PRAISE SONGS for the iRiligious" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The writer and critic Amiri Baraka (1934-2014) spoke of free jazz in terms of an essential and spiritual Blackness. Further, he described a return to collective improvisation as the “all-force put together." More vitally he suggested that free jazz reinforced the valuable memories of a people while at the same time creating new forms. This reasoning ...


Article: Liner Notes

Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited

Read "Marion Brown: Three For Shepp To Gesprachsfetzen Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

"It is often those we hear the least that we should listen to the most." So wrote the Guadeloupean pianist Jonathan Jurion on the release of his album Le Temps Fou: The Music Of Marion Brown (Komos, 2019). Just why Marion Brown has become such a rarely acknowledged figure is unclear. He possessed ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Trois

Read "It's (Never) the Final Countdown, Part Trois" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

After a couple episodes away, we return to the New York Times list of best jazz albums of 2023 and finish it off. It's happier days for the most part. The boys acknowledge that these selections are all, more or less, actually jazz, and some are even pretty enjoyable.Playlist Discussion of Matana Roberts' album ...


Article: Interview

Tomos Williams: An Absolute Riot! Risings, Race And Identity In Wales

Read "Tomos Williams: An Absolute Riot! Risings, Race And Identity In Wales" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Threads. They wind their way through history, overlapping, interconnecting and sometimes weaving strange and powerful narratives that never really end, but simply grow and evolve. In 2020, half a millennium after the first transatlantic slave ships set sail from Europe to Africa, cheering protesters in Bristol, England, dumped the statue of slave trader Edward ...


Article: Album Review

Tomos Williams: Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!

Read "Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Billowing clouds of black smoke dominate a blood-red backdrop. From the cover alone, it is clear that trumpeter/composer Tomos Williams has something extra-musical to say. The Welsh language project name--Cwmwl Tystion means 'witness'--and the English title-- Riot!--writ large, expel any doubt. Inspired by events both famous and infamous in Welsh history--workers revolts, pogroms and race riots--this ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...


Article: Album Review

Pat Thomas / Chris Sharkey / Luke Reddin-Williams: Know: Delirium Atom Paths

Read "Know: Delirium Atom Paths" reviewed by John Sharpe

Anyone wondering what a mash up between Sun Ra and Krautrock pioneers like Tangerine Dream might sound like? Delirium Atom Paths supplies one possible answer. The product of an encounter between the esteemed veteran Pat Thomas on keyboards and two representatives of a younger generation in guitarist Chris Sharkey and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams, the unbroken 44-minute ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More

Read "New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new releases from Mareike Wiening, Robert Jukič, Gastón de la Cruz Quartet, Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics, Matana Roberts, Trio, Alex Norris, Tam Thi Pham with Fiona Xue Ju & Camila Nebbia, Joel Styzens, Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout, Allison Au and the Migrations Ensemble, Dave Young Quartet, Rob Clearfield, John ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From James Brandon Lewis & More

Read "New Music From James Brandon Lewis & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new album from James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet. In addition, releases from Steve Lehman, Matana Roberts, Quinsin Nachoff, Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Orchestra, Alabaster DePlume, Surdelsur Ensamble, Jesse Dietschi, Wendell Harrison, and, Itamar Borochov.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 James Brandon Lewis, Red Lily Quintet “Deep River" from ...


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