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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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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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Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Read "Alternative Guitar Summit 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...

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Gunter Gruner: The Invisible Landscape

Read "The Invisible Landscape" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


An ardent student of no less a legend than Andrew Cyrille, drummer/composer Gunter Gruner's fondness for jumpy, adroit, noir landscapes comes with a decisively Pink Panther stroll: lanky, animated, wise-ass but humble. His side-street detours to survey The Invisible Landscape involve more than the usual walk down free-form lanes. With downtown, free-jazz giant Daniel ...

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Giancarlo Tossani e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Giancarlo Tossani e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Il tratto principale della mia musica Emozione e riflessione, equilibrio tra scrittura e improvvisazione (così dicono...). La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me Affinità musicale e umana, cos'altro sennò? Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice Quando ho scoperto che si poteva ...

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Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Promises

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The meeting of electronics artist/DJ Sam Shepherd--aka Floating Points--with free-jazz icon Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra is a welcome surprise. Sanders has seldom troubled his discographers since the dawn of the new millennium. A couple of archival radio recordings, Live at Antibes Jazz Festival Juan Les Pins July 21 1968 (Alternative Fox, 2019) and ...

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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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Charles Lloyd: Tone Poem

Read "Tone Poem" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Charles Lloyd and The Marvels' April 2017 performance at UCLA's Royce Hall, with guest vocalist Lucinda Williams, was nothing but highlights--from Lloyd's dance moves across the stage as one or other of his bandmates soloed, to Williams' impassioned performances on such songs as Bob Dylan's “Masters of War" and Jimi Hendrix's “Angel." They also played a ...

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Miguel Zenón: Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman

Read "Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman" reviewed by John Chacona


How do you hear Ornette Coleman's music? As an unlikely but logical extension of bebop vocabulary? As “free" chaos untethered from harmony? As a tributary of the great stream of Texas saxophonists? As jazz's purest melodism? The music of Coleman, who would have turned 91 years on March 9 2021, was all of those ...

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Miguel Zenon: Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman

Read "Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Da oltre un decennio autore di lavori di notevole qualità, spesso incentrati sulla rilettura della musica latinoamericana entro la quale è cresciuto—come nel recente El Arte Del Bolero, in duo con Luis Perdomo —, il contraltista di origini portoricane Miguel Zenon pubblica stavolta un omaggio a un Maestro assoluto del jazz al quale dichiara nelle note ...


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