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Nicole Mitchell: Arc Of O

Read "Nicole Mitchell: Arc Of O" reviewed by John Sharpe

Nicole MitchellArc Of ORogue Art2012Subtitled “for improvisers, chamber orchestra and electronics," flutist Nicole Mitchell's genre-busting Arc Of O resonates a little with the almost forgotten Third Stream. Coined by composer/educator Gunther Schuller as a term for a synthesis of classical music and jazz at the end of the ...

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AACM Great Black Music Festival

Read "AACM Great Black Music Festival" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Ars Nova Workshop's AACM: Great Black Music FestivalPhiladelphia, PA June 4-13, 2011 It's been a hot half decade for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Nicole Mitchell's tenure as co-chair (with Ernest Dawkins) came at a time when her star as a flutist and bandleader was also rising. Co-founder Muhal Richard ...

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Fred Anderson: 1929-2010

Read "Fred Anderson: 1929-2010" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

There aren't many artists with so singular a vision as that of late Fred Anderson, who died June 24 at the age of 81. There are fewer to be certain if the list is restricted to members of that exalted and nebulous class called “masters." It's a word that, in jazz, gets thrown around a little ...

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Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Collective Creativity

Read "Collective Creativity" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The long awaited debut by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Collective Creativityhas been described as a “genre-blending" piece of work, combining the percussive elements of jazz with the graceful sophistication of classical music, fused in one big band/symphonic project. Under the direction of conductor and producer Orbert Davis, the CJP is a 55-plus piece symphonic jazz orchestra ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Collective Creativity

Read "Collective Creativity" reviewed by Lyn Horton

Defining the fine line that often borders jazz and classical music has elicited much debate. One musician has even registered the word “jazzical" as a term that insures the framework in which the music he writes will be perceived. But trumpeter, studio musician and composer, Orbert Davis does not need to think this way. He simply ...

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Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Read "Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jack Cortner Big Band Sound Check Jazzed Media 2009 For someone who waited so long before taking his first swings as leader of his own big band, Jack Cortner shows again on Sound Check, the band's second impressive recording in as many years, that he's got game. He's ...


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