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Michael Marcus has been an active member of the New York jazz scene for over twenty five years. In the 1980's and 1990's Michael became a prominent figure on the "free jazz" scene...while always staying connected to the tradition! Since releasing his debut recording as a leader, "Under The Wire" for Enja in 1991, he has continued to be part of the cutting edge in American improvised music, touring the festival and club circuits both in the US and Europe, as well as appearing on over thirty records for Soul Note, Justin' Time, Not Two, Boxholder, CIMP & Qwest/Warner. He has performed/recorded with: Albert King, Bobby Blue Bland (w/Mel Brown, Wayne Bennett & Morris Atchison), Sonny Simmons, Jaki Byard Trio, Rahn Burton, Billy Higgins, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Ted Daniel, Henry Grimes, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Jymie Merritt, Alvin Fielder, Chris Parker, Oliver Truchot, Warren Smith

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“Over a career now spanning nearly thirty years, Jamie Saft has established himself as one of the visionaries of contemporary American music. As a composer, pianist and keyboard innovator, and collaborator of music icons such as Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, the B-52s, Donovan, John Adams and John Zorn, he has been fearless in his pursuit of ...

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Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In recent years, life has thrown one obstacle after another at the feet of octogenarian clarinetist Mort Weiss. Divorce, loss of home, cancer, and hospitalization for a variety of other life-threatening ailments all came at him, threatening to kill his resolve and cut him down. But it would seem that practically nothing is capable of felling ...

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Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The informal definition of a Character is an “odd, eccentric, or unusual person." That is a bit disappointing in that “odd, eccentric, and unusual" more often than not may be pejorative. I prefer a “unique, memorable, or exceptional person." That said, it takes all six adjectives to adequately describe clarinetist Mort Weiss, who with this recording ...

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Ted Daniel's Energy Module: Innerconnection

Read "Innerconnection" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although 72-year old trumpeter Ted Daniel remains active on the scene -courtesy of his Duology partnership with clarinetist Michael Marcus, and his own International Brass and Membrane Corps -a significant part of his recent output has focused on archival recordings. As such, the first time release of the 2 CD Innerconnection from fall 1975 neatly fits ...

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Bird Comes Home

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Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2011
Duration: 8:16

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The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika

Read "Jazz-Maalika" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Cosmosamatics--an ever-evolving ensemble co-led by multi-reedists Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus--was founded in 2000, though the seeds were arguably planted many years earlier. Half a century ago, Simmons was cutting his teeth with multi-reedists Prince Lasha, Eric Dolphy and others of the so-called free jazz movement. Marcus made his name in the avant/free circles of ...

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The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika

Read "The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Since their founding in 2002, the Cosmosamatics have been one of the most exciting groups in jazz. Spearheaded by twin souls Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus, the band has thus far released nine recordings and one live DVD. Part of the Cosmosamatics' strength lies in their openness to new sounds and players, and over the years ...

For Yes!

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: 01. Birds Come Home; 02. Dragon Concerto; 03. Healing teardrops; 04. In a Lagoon, Blue Magenta; 05. Mojo Breakfast; 06. Night Eyes in Spring; 07. Riff-be-in; 08. Theme dream; 09. For Yes!. Tutte le composizioni sono di Michael Marcus.

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Michael Marcus: For Yes!

Read "For Yes!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Michael Marcus è un multi-strumentista specialista del clarinetto e dei sassofoni, oltre che di una serie di particolari strumenti ad ancia. Ha iniziato a suonare professionalmente in importanti blues band (Albert King, Bobby Blue Band, etc) per poi diventare negli anni novanta una figura importante della scena free, senza mai dimenticare la tradizione e la forza ...


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