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Label: Nessa Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Blues for Julius and Abdul; 2. Signaling; 3. Like So Many Drops of Water; 4. Interstices; 5. The Ancestors Speak; 6. Topographies; 7. Rediscovery of an Age; 8. Let It Be Known; 9. Invoking a Spirit.


Article: Album Review

Nick Mazzarella and Tomeka Reid: Signaling

Read "Signaling" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On this captivating, fully-improvised duo recording by alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and cellist Tomeka Reid, we find a superlative example of two leading-edge musicians who continue to draw vital inspiration from their forbears. Reid, a contributing member of the hugely influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), has previously paid tribute to some of ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Wadada Leo Smith: Spirit Catcher

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: Spirit Catcher" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Wadada Leo Smith Spirit Catcher Nessa Records 2009 Certainly, composition in jazz has gone well beyond head arrangements that bracket solos and group playing--sometimes approaching areas that sound so open as to seem free-form. Multi-instrumentalist, trumpeter and composer Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith is one of a number of ...


Charles Tyler: Saga of the Outlaws

Label: Nessa Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Saga of the Outlaws.


Article: Extended Analysis

Charles Tyler: Saga of the Outlaws

Read "Charles Tyler: Saga of the Outlaws" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Charles Tyler Saga of the Outlaws Nessa Records 2009 Saga of the Outlaws is just about the most fitting title one could expect for saxophonist Charles Tyler's fifth LP under his own name. Tyler was more than an outlaw (or a gladiator, to paraphrase Stanley Crouch), but unfortunately ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah

Read "Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Roscoe Mitchell Nonaah Nessa Records 2008 One of the significant things that set AACM music apart from its brethren in New York in the 1960s and early 1970s was its use of space, of opening up the music so that things could occur within broad, environmental ...


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