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Jack DeJohnette: Time and Space

Read "Jack DeJohnette: Time and Space" reviewed by John Kelman

It begins with the sound of a resonating bell, followed by a gently cascading piano solo that gradually assumes shape and form, hovering around two chords and creating an inviting ambiance that resolves with another ringing of the bell, segueing gently into the groove-heavy “Salsa for Luisito." The track is “Enter Here," and the album is ...

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Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion

Read "Patrick Brennan: Rhythms of Passion" reviewed by Ludwig vanTrikt

Since moving to New York City in 1975, one-time bassist/painter Patrick Brennan has crafted a musical path that is open in its candor and indebtedness to all facets of black music. Much like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the alto saxophonist brews a thicket of his own distinct musical language that “unlike much contemporaneous vanguard music is ...

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Sunny Murray: On Taking the Leap from One Reality to Another

Read "Sunny Murray: On Taking the Leap from One Reality to Another" reviewed by Robert Levin

[Editor's Note: From a work-in-progress, Going Outside: A Memoir of Free Jazz and the Sixties][Author's Note: Sunny Murray is widely regarded as the preeminent drummer of the free jazz movement. The “Jeanne" mentioned below was Jeanne Phillips. Although there were, to be sure, significant differences--she was black, she worked a forty ...

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Nels Cline: Of Singers and Sound

Read "Nels Cline: Of Singers and Sound" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Mimi Melnick's Salons feature some of Los Angeles' best improvising musicians in the most intimate of settings--her home, at the top of a hillside overlooking the San Fernando Valley. This afternoon's trio tunes, and tests sound levels. Bass wizard and longtime UCLA professor Roberto Miranda banters with veteran drummer Bert Karl, while the group's lanky guitarist, ...


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