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Michael Gregory

Songwriter, Composer, Guitarist, Improviser, Poet and Music Producer Michael Gregory (nee Michael Gregory Jackson) is a figure who paved the way for the Black Rock movement in the 1980s. A musical innovator and brilliant improviser, always on the cutting edge, he recording for Arista, RCA, Island and many other labels and headed the power-trio Signal. Gregory's genre bending guitar virtuosity is readily apparent, scumbling phrases into grays and browns with the use of a volume pedal (an acknowledged influence on Bill Frisell and many other musicians). Michael is also an accomplished and mind-blowing vocalist, often compared to Sting, Smokey Robinson, Seal and Al Jarreau

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Various Artists: Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1

Read "Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ecco alcune gemme uscite dagli archivi del Creative Music Studio, l'istituzione fondata nel 1971 da Karl Berger, dalla moglie Ingrid e da Ornette Coleman con lo scopo di realizzare musica senza costrizioni di carattere stilistico o commerciale. Ricordiamo le interessanti considerazioni al riguardo di George Lewis, che nel suo testo A Power Stronger Than Itself. The ...

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Dafna Naphtali, Michael Gregory, Jen Baker and Ras Moshe at Spectrum in NYC on January 3

Dafna Naphtali, Michael Gregory, Jen Baker and Ras Moshe at Spectrum in NYC on January 3

Spectrum January 3, 2013 at 7:00pm 121 Ludlow St. New York, NY, 10002 Michael Gregory Jackson, Clarity, Circle, Triangle and Square” The opening “Clarity” begins with terse acoustic guitar arpeggios, keening flute and tenor, and then moves through an evenly-spaced upward tone row, following along a path outlined by Smith’s ...

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Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith & Taylor Ho Bynum

Read "Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith & Taylor Ho Bynum" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Dave Douglas/Donny McCaslin Key Motion Quintet Jazz Standard December 8, 2011 This was the first of four Dave Douglas nights at the Jazz Standard, each of them highlighting a different performance perspective. The unexpected has become the expected where this high-wire trumpeter is concerned. Douglas is perpetually scouting ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections

Read "Heart's Reflections" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

To assess Wadada Leo Smith's contribution to the literature of his chosen instrument--the trumpet--as his sole claim to fame would be touching just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of his importance in the scheme of contemporary music. Firstly, there is a bottomless depth to him that rivals that of musicians such as Yusef Lateef and ...

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Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections

Read "Heart's Reflections" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The creative arc of Wadada Leo Smith describes a man of many talents. He was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) before forming the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and Leroy Jenkins. He has organized music into rhythm units and added a form of notation he called Akhreanvention. He ...

Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2010

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Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar

Read "I Never Meta Guitar" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are no fans of the guitar in today's creative music--they are better described as fanatics, or devotees. But then the guitar has always caused listeners to choose sides. I'm a fan of Jimmy Page and you, Pete Townshend--or do you prefer Wes Montgomery to my Jim Hall. John McLaughlin or Pete Cosey? Some of these ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Abbey Road Quartet; Spiritual Dimensions & Spirit Catcher

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: Abbey Road Quartet; Spiritual Dimensions & Spirit Catcher" reviewed by Marc Medwin

Wadada Leo SmithAbbey Road QuartetTreader2009 Wadada Leo SmithSpiritual DimensionsCuneiform2009 Wadada Leo SmithSpirit CatcherNessa2009 There are few players that continue to be as ...

Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity

Read "Michael Gregory Jackson: Clarity" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity ESP-Disk 2010 (1976) In the musical climate of 2010, the fact that a diverse range of musical styles and approaches can be combined is something often taken for granted. Creative music has long recombined musics from various non-Western sources as well as jazz and Western art ...


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