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Melvin Gibbs has been called "the best bassist in the world" by Time Out New York magazine. A well- respected veteran of the New York music scene, he has contributed his singular talents to major artists in many diverse genres of music, appearing on close to 200 albums. Born in Brooklyn N.Y. his first musical studies were on the congas and Latin percussion, focused on the Afro-Diasporatic rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Brazil. He studied with Papo Dadiego, later to become known as the maker of Jopa Percussion instruments, who was his next-door neighbor. After deciding to switch to bass he studied acoustic bass at The Muse is Brooklyn under former John Coltrane bassist Reggie Workman and electric bass privately with Vic Collucci. The first band he joined featured the late Alphonia Tims (Future Funk Now!, ROIR) on guitar, who would later become a formative influence in his musical life

ARTICLE: RADIO

Great new albums - mostly from Canada

Read "Great new albums - mostly from Canada" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A selection of six new releases this time.... the majority of which are fine examples of a rich Canadian jazz scene Italian Guitarist Renato Podestà with his first album as a band leader with music inspired by New Orleans music tradition and the contemporary New York scene. Ottawa pianist Peter Hum with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ

Read "Harriet Tubman at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Harriet Tubman SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 23, 2020 The electric bass, electric guitar and drum trio Harriet Tubman stands apart in the music world. As guitarist Brandon Ross notes, they are electrified yet based on spiritual influences such as the late Alice Coltrane, the late John Coltrane's wife who ran ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Vision Festival 2019

Read "Vision Festival 2019" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

Photos from Vision Jazz Festival 2019 held in New York from June 11 to 16. This year's festival was dedicated to Andrew Cyrille and featured Milford Graves, Kidd Jordan, Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Brotzmann, Marc Ribot, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Yoshiko Chuma, Melvin Gibbs, Jemeel Moondoc, Marty Ehrlich, Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown, Steve Swell, Kris Davis, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harriet Tubman: The Terror End of Beauty

Read "The Terror End of Beauty" reviewed by Vic Albani

Continuando l'audace cammino che solo chi conosce a perfezione tutti i meandri della musica moderna in generale può affrontare, Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs e JT Lewis, proseguono la strada di unire jazz, rock, blues e improvvisazione in modo esemplare. The Terror End of Beauty segue di non molto lo straordinario Araminta uscito nel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alicia Hall Moran: Here Today

Read "Here Today" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le sintesi tra canto operistico e universo musicale afroamericano sono state sporadiche. In generale la relazione tra i due mondi è apparsa difficilmente compatibile per la forte diversità tra le due estetiche: mi sembra che l'esempio più riuscito di conciliazione resti l'opera Porgy and Bess . Di recente un significativo passo avanti lo sta compiendo il ...

NEWS: TECHNOLOGY

Music Creators See Massive Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work' [Op-Ed]

Music Creators See Massive Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work' [Op-Ed]

Necessity has proven to be the mother of re-invention, with the digital reboot of the music industry compelling them to learn a number of new tricks in order to stay afloat, as well as forcing them to become stronger advocates for their rights. In this piece Melvin Gibbs calls on artists to and Washington to defend ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harriet Tubman: Araminta

Read "Araminta" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Named after the iconic American heroine: escaped slave, abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross circa 1822); the extraordinary New York based trio of guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer JT Lewis have performed together for over 20 years yet have only released three prior recordings: I am a Man (Knitting Factory, 1998), ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Arto Lindsay: Watch Out Madames!

Read "Arto Lindsay: Watch Out Madames!" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Since his DNA and Ambitious Lovers adventures, Arto Lindsay's artistry has been defined by a tireless drive and capacity to bridge musical cultures, sounds and arts, making him one of the most intriguing musicians of our times. His new album, the first CD of new songs in over a decade, Cuidado Madame (Northern ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Arto contemporaneo!

Read "Arto contemporaneo!" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Artista vulcanico e originalissimo, sin dai tempi dei DNA e degli Ambitious Lovers, ponte tra culture e sonorità, nonché tra le arti, che frequenta con ostinata e eccellente trasversalità, Arto Lindsay è uno dei musicisti più intriganti dei nostri tempi. In occasione dell'uscita del suo nuovo disco Cuidado Madame, l'abbiamo raggiunto per una ...


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