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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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David Preston Trio At Magy's Farm

Read "David Preston Trio At Magy's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

David Preston Trio Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland May 25, 2024 In the same week that guitarist David Preston brought his trio to Ireland, two historic events served as reminders that jazz can mean very different things to different people. Firstly, news came of the July launch of a previously unreleased ...


Fire Illuminations

Label: Kabell Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Ntozake; Muhammed Ali's Spiritual Horizon; Fire Illuminations Inside Light Particles; Tony Williams; Muhammed Ali and George Foreman's Rumble in Zaire Africa.


Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: Fire Illuminations

Read "Fire Illuminations" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Eighty-one year old trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith comes out flaring like Bitches Brew era Miles Davis, as Fire Illuminations jumps the funk rock from the break of the muscular conflagration “Ntozake." And the grunge jazz clips along as guitarists Nels Cline, Brandon Ross, and Lamar Smith vie, bite, sting, and quarrel over an insistent bass drum ...


Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: Fire Illuminations

Read "Fire Illuminations" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith fronts lots of different bands and puts out lots of albums. After a busy period when he released five boxed sets, totaling 27 CDs, here he debuts his new all-star ensemble Orange Wave Electric, with the download-only offering, Fire Illuminations. As the band name implies, the sound is electric, featuring three electric ...


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 ...


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.


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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