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Ornette Coleman

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Early on in his career, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded an album entitled, The Shape of Jazz To Come. It might have seemed like an expression of youthful arrogance - Coleman was 29 at the time - but actually, the title was prophetic. Coleman is the creator of a concept of music called "harmolodic," a musical form which is equally applicable as a life philosophy. The richness of harmolodics derives from the unique interaction between the players. Breaking out of the prison bars of rigid meters and conventional harmonic or structural expectations, harmolodic musicians improvise equally together in what Coleman calls compositional improvisation, while always keeping deeply in tune with the flow, direction and needs of their fellow players. In this process, harmony becomes melody becomes harmony. Ornette describes it as "Removing the caste system from sound." On a broader level, harmolodics equates with the freedom to be as you please, as long as you listen to others and work with them to develop your own individual harmony.

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New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Garden Of Souls; Toy Dance; We Now Interrupt For A Commercial; Broad Way Blues; Round Trip; Airborne; Love Call; Open To The Public; Check Out Time.

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Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums

Label: Contemporary Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: LP1 Something Else!!!!: Invisible; The Blessing; Jayne; Chippie; The Disguise; Angel Voice; Alpha; When Will The Blues Leave?; The Sphinx.

LP2 Tomorrow Is the Question!: Tomorrow Is The Question!; Tears Inside; Mind And Time; Compassion; Giggin'; Rejoicing; Lorraine; Turnaround; Endless.

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Article: Six Picks

August 2022

Read "August 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Binker Golding Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy Gearbox Records 2022 A place where folk, gospel and jazz meet in tuneful harmony with each other is a place where the likes of Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny spent some of the most original and prolific years of their ...

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Bradford and Friends: Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite

Read "Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Born in Mississippi in 1934 and raised in Dallas, Texas, cornet master and composer Bobby Bradford knows racism and segregation. When asked if Texas was completely segregated, Bradford said, “If there's a word stronger than 'completely,' that was Texas." In spite of the hate and discrimination of everyday life in the Jim Crow South, Bradford and ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartets Nos. 1-12

Read "String Quartets Nos. 1-12" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Wadada Leo Smith's seven CD boxset String Quartets Nos. 1-12 summons two words, epic and ineffable. The 5½ hours of music chronicle three of his four periods writing for string quartets from 1965 until 2019. The remaining work, “String Quartets Nos. 13, 14, and 15" inspired by the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the US ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

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Article: Album Review

Kind Folk: Head Towards The Center

Read "Head Towards The Center" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Kind Folk is a quartet consisting of trumpeter John Raymond, alto saxophonist Alex LoRe, bassist Noam Wiesenberg and drummer Colin Stranahan. They recorded their first album in 2018, then went their separate ways for various reasons. They finally reconnected in June 2021 and came up with the simmering blend of jazz, rock and folk sensibilities that ...

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Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Heatmap

Read "Heatmap" reviewed by Paul Rauch


It is mostly troublesome to make blanket assertions about jazz and the musicians that facilitate the art form. Such assertions are subjective at best, yet it would not seem unreasonable to assert that Caleb Wheeler Curtis is one of the more interesting alto saxophonists to emerge since 2000. His playing has a radiant, vocal quality to ...

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Article: Album Review

Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartets Nos. 1-12

Read "String Quartets Nos. 1-12" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In the thirty-page booklet that accompanies Wadada Leo Smith's String Quartets Nos. 1-12, the trumpeter & composer devotes a few paragraphs to the subject of inspiration. He traces an irregular line whose points include Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, Muddy Waters, Ornette Coleman, and others. But those diverse artists, who came and went before Smith, have no ...


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