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Milford Graves was into his own version of World Music long before there was the term. His individualistic approach to the rudiments of drumming and its rhythmic pulses were light years ahead of most musicians. Yet he found musical colleagues and an audience for his forays into the deep end of free jazz. A native New Yorker, and exposed to Latin rhythms, he started out as a child on congas, then became a teenage timbales player in a Latin band from 1959 through the early ‘60’s, Graves switched to a trap set after seeing Elvin Jones with Coltrane. From 1964 he was an essential member of the New Thing movement in New York City, and backing up Amiri Baraka's Harlem poetry readings. Graves became a devout student of percussion on an international level, and went on to study not only its African roots and development, but expanded his studies on the Indian tablas with acknowledged master Wasantha Singh. He had quite an extensive resume in the 1960’s playing with Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba, Giuseppi Logan, was a member of the Jazz Composers’ Orchestra Association, and collaborated with avante-garde pianist Paul Bley. Graves recorded with pianist Don Pullen in 1966,(Graves Pullen Duo) and worked recurrently with Albert Ayler in 1967 and 1968, performing at the 1967 Newport Festival

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Andrew Cyrille Quartet at Village Vanguard

Read "Andrew Cyrille Quartet at Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Andrew Cyrille Quartet Village Vanguard New York, NY August 21, 2020 Drummer/composer/bandleader Andrew Cyrille opened this livestream from the venerable Village Vanguard jazz club speaking about the oddness of playing to an empty room, noting the absence of applause at the end of numbers. Or booing: “I've been booed, too" he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Whit Dickey: Tao Quartets: Peace Planet & Box of Light

Read "Tao Quartets: Peace Planet & Box of Light" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Possiamo dire che l'assioma secondo il quale tutti i jazzisti sono sottovalutati, non sia poi così paradossale. Parliamo naturalmente dei musicisti che mettono al primo posto del loro operato il fare artistico e non la realizzazione di un prodotto solo ben accetto sul mercato. Spesso ci troviamo di fronte a musicisti che subiscono tale disattenzione in ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona

Read "Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor: iniziò a Verona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La pubblicazione di quest'inedita incisione in studio documenta un momento storico: il magistrale e fugace confronto artistico tra Bill Dixon e Cecil Taylor dell'estate 1992. I due protagonisti del free dettero il 25 giugno di quell'anno un concerto a Verona Jazz, nei giorni seguenti s'esibirono a Vienne (Francia) e subito dopo entrarono in studio ...

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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, ...

John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

Read "John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame ...

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New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

Read "New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for ...

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Celebrating Andrew Cyrille at the 2019 Vision Festival

Read "Celebrating Andrew Cyrille at the 2019 Vision Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The 2019 jazz festival “high holy" season opened with the sounds of the 24th Vision Festival, the longest running jazz festival in jny: New York City. The festival is dedicated to free jazz and improvised music, but it is an expansive celebration of art in its many guises. Dance performances, poetry and visual art forms are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charles Mingus: Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

Read "Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden" reviewed by Chris May

Summer 2018 saw the general release of privately held recordings by two giants of twentieth century jazz. First up was John Coltrane's Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album (Impulse!). It was followed by Thelonious Monk's Mønk (Gearbox). In autumn 2018, recordings by another totemic figure, Charles Mingus, become the year's third newly revealed archaeological discovery. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe McPhee / Pascal Niggenkemper / Ståle Liavik Solberg: Imaginary Numbers

Read "Imaginary Numbers" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee always seems open to encounters with like-minded spirits wherever he finds them. Some of his finest albums have stemmed from his collaborations with groups of younger musicians, such as Spontaneous Combustion (Otoroku, 2015) with Decoy and Skullduggery (Clean Feed, 2015) with Universal Indians. On Imaginary Numbers he teams up with two high-profile ...


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