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Michael Gregory Jackson

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“Michael Gregory Jackson has long been one of my favorite musicians. We came along around the same time and I have always considered him to be one of the most significantly original guitarists of our generation with his own distinctive sound and point of view. I am always curious to know what he is doing and where his inspiration has taken him next.” Pat Metheny 2015 African-American composer, innovator, guitarist, improviser, sound explorer, educator and poet. By age 20 Michael was an integral part of the fertile New Haven CT music scene, creating music with composers Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Davis, Gerry Hemingway and others

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Charles Mingus, Luke Stewart-Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet & David Binney

Read "Charles Mingus, Luke Stewart-Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet & David Binney" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


An extended piece (actually they all are) from Charles Mingus' The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott's is a definite highlight this week, as is the new release from bassist Luke Stewart and sitarist Jarvis Earnshaw. David Binney's new Tomorrow's Journey gets some added bounce from a crew of young L.A. hotshots, NY drummer John Sturino chips ...

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Frequency Equilibrium Koan

Label: Golden Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Frequency Equilibrium Koan; Heart & Center; Clarity; A Meditation.

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Article: Book Review

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

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Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players Joel Harrison 256 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1949597134 Terra Nova Press 2021 As founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison has gotten to know a lot of adventurous contemporary guitarists: this book collects far-ranging conversations with twenty-seven of them. In fact, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2

Read "Geri's Dance - The Geri Allen Songbook, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the second part of this week's edition of Mondo Jazz dedicated to the one and only Geri Allen (click here for Part 1), the monumental pianist who would have turned 65 this year, and has left a body of work that will continue to play a fundamental influence on generations of musicians. Her unique ...

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Lina Allemano, Dennis Gonzalez and Znap

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A mixed bag of treats: jny: Toronto's talented avant-garde trumpeter, Lina Allemano, debuts her latest Vegetables , saxophonist Noah Preminger and bassist Kim Cass hook up for a pandemic-inspired project, Dallas trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez is back again with the Ataraxia Trio, and there are some European releases: from Italy in the form of Circles 44 and ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd

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There's much “hat-tipping in respect" by current musicians to their influences in this episode. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Charles Lloyd and Sweden's Fredrik Nordstrom are in an Ornette mood on their albums, while the Oles Brothers from Poland recognize the iconic Polish trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski on a recording of a rediscovered session. British avant-garde quartet featuring Paul ...

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Article: Live Review

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

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Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers

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This show reminds me of a calzone stuffed with just about every imaginable filling. Appropriately, there's a wonderful new release from Italian drummer Francesca Remigi and her band Archipelagos. This is definitely one of the finest debuts of 2021—deep, contemporary and socially aware. The very respected guitarist, Michael Gregory Jackson, is also debuting his Frequency Equilibrium ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Gregory Jackson: Frequency Equilibrium Koan

Read "Frequency Equilibrium Koan" reviewed by Troy Dostert


One of the undersung elder statesmen of the jazz avant-garde, guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson played a vital role in the burgeoning loft scene of the 1970s, where his work with Oliver Lake was especially noteworthy. On albums like Lake's Holding Together (Black Saint, 1976) and Zaki (hatOLOGY, 1979), Jackson brought a deep reservoir of influences, not ...


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