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Melvin Gibbs

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

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

Article: Live Review

Torino Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Torino Varie sedi 19—27.06.2021 Il grande successo di pubblico ottenuto dal Torino Jazz Festival 2021, spostato dalla fine di aprile alla fine di giugno, dimostra quanto fosse impellente la fame di musica dal vivo, nonostante le precauzioni da prendere contro una pandemia tutt'altro che debellata definitivamente. D'altra parte bisogna ammettere che il ...

Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas: Marching Music

Read "Marching Music" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Gli intenti che stanno alla base del nuovo disco di Dave Douglas e la data di registrazione sono significativi. Come scrive il trombettista nelle note di copertina, il progetto è stato concepito come musica da ascoltare in cuffia durante le manifestazioni di protesta a favore del clima, dei diritti civili e di tutte le altre azioni ...

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Marching Music

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Marching Music: Parables; Ten to Midnight; Whose Streets; Fair Fight; Safe Space; Climate Strike; Forlorn; Lenape; Foley Square; Persistent Hats.

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Article: Catching Up With

Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign Of The Times

Read "Ron Miles: Rainbow Sign Of The Times" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The title of Ron Miles' Rainbow Sign (Blue Note Records, 2020) carries great personal meaning for the Denver cornetist/composer and educator. The initial influence was The Carter Family song “God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign," with its line 'No more water but the fire next time," which in turn gave James Baldwin the title for his ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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Article: Live Review

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 ...

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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 Review

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 ...


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