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Olu Dara

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Olu Dara is a multi-talented entertainer who has been performing since he was eight years old. Born (1941) in Natchez, Miss, Olu landed in New York in 1963 after a stint in the US Navy which took him all over the world. "Stranded in Brooklyn" (as Olu sings in his tune, Neighborhoods), Olu turned to music to survive. During the 1970s and '80s, he gained a reputation as a trumpet/cornet player who could handle all aspects of jazz. On the one hand he could perform with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1973- 74), but he could also handle the demands of the free- flowing avant-garde style which formed the basis of the New York Loft scene of that period

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Label: New World Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony I: Dear Friend; Zuli; Band Introduction; At Harmony; Air Rings; Dimples: The Fat Lady on Parade.
CD 2—The Julius Hemphill/Abdul Wadud Duo: Syntax; Tightenin’; Slang; Unknown Title; Rhapsody; Downstairs.
CD 3—The Janus Company: Opener; #4; #3; Collective Improvisation; Dogon A.D.
CD 4—Chamber Music: Parchment (1988); Mingus Gold (1988); Nostalgia in Times Square; Alice’s Wonderland; Better Get Hit in Your Soul; Daedalus String Quartet: Unknown Title No. 1 (1981); Unknown Title No. 2 (1981).
CD 5—Roi Boyé Solo and Text: Trills; Unfiltered Dreams; Wade in the Water; Change My Clothes.
CD 6—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony II: K.C. Line; Testament #5; Song Suite: At Harmony; Sixty/Sixty; Astrid; Mailika; Pull It; Rites; Pigskin; For Billie (for Billie Holiday); One/Waltz/Time.
CD 7—Live at Joyous Lake: Mirrors; Dung; Band Introduction; Would Boogie.

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Che trionfo per Julius Hemphill! A dispetto delle poche pagine--o righe--che le recenti storie del jazz dedicano al maestro di Fort Worth, Hemphill emerge da questo cofanetto di inediti come sassofonista-improvvisatore-compositore tra i più profondi della musica afroamericana nei decenni compresi tra gli anni '70 e '90. E questa preziosa edizione non solo ...

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Article: Album Review

Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is something inherently objectionable when a billionaire acquires an artistic masterpiece by say, Leonardo DaVinci or Claude Monet, only to sequester it from public view. You might feel the same about Julius Hemphill's recordings Dogon A.D. (Mbari, 1972) and 'Coon Bid'ness (Arista/Freedom, 1975). Both five star recordings, now out of print, cost a small fortune ...

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Article: Interview

Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella

Read "Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Since 2016, and even through the pandemic of 2020, jny: Madison Wisconsin has hosted a steady stream of improvisational music concerts. The majority of these are thanks to the organization named after Wisconsin's native grass, BlueStem Jazz. Founded by two retired professionals and melophiles this non-profit, award-winning establishment is dedicated to promoting and hosting a wide ...

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Article: Album Review

Do Tell: Hotend - Do Tell Plays the Music of Julius Hemphill

Read "Hotend - Do Tell Plays the Music of Julius Hemphill" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Una delle prime cose che colpiscono, prendendo in mano questo CD dedicato al songbook di Julius Hemphill, è la brevità quasi lacyana dei titoli. Mettendo poi l'oggetto nel lettore (ma anche già scorrendo la formazione), ecco che un secondo elemento salta all'occhio (o all'orecchio): il fatto che un repertorio squisitamente sassofonistico sia interamente riletto da un ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Ab Baars e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Ab Baars e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


All About Jazz: Il tratto principale della mia musica. Ab Baars: Allegramente ostinata. AAJ: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me. A.B.: Grandi orecchie e una storia da raccontare. AAJ: Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice. A.B.: ...

Article: Lyrics

La persistente attualità di Tim Berne

Read "La persistente attualità di Tim Berne" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Negli ultimi tempi sembra che Tim Berne, sessant'anni compiuti il 16 ottobre 2014, stia vivendo una seconda giovinezza e una grande maturità creativa, che lo hanno portato anche a collaborare con vari gruppi di musicisti emergenti che si potrebbero idealmente considerare suoi allievi. Dopo essere giunto a incidere per la ECM ha raggiunto un riconoscimento ancora ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1

Read "Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Ecco alcune gemme uscite dagli archivi del Creative Music Studio, l'istituzione fondata nel 1971 da Karl Berger, dalla moglie Ingrid e da Ornette Coleman con lo scopo di realizzare musica senza costrizioni di carattere stilistico o commerciale. Ricordiamo le interessanti considerazioni al riguardo di George Lewis, che nel suo testo A Power Stronger Than Itself. The ...

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Harlem Is... Music - The Spirit of Community Honoring Jazz Icon Olu Dara

Harlem Is... Music - The Spirit of Community Honoring Jazz Icon Olu Dara

New York, NY (February 2008) - On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 7 pm, Community Works, a leading city-wide non-profit arts organization, will present a special invitation-only gala inaugurating the newest exhibition of its harlem is...MUSIC series. Entitled The Spirit of Community, this newest display of Harlem musical excellence honors jazz icon Olu Dara, along with ...


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