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Paul Austerlitz


Reed player, composer, and ethnomusicologist Paul Austerlitz combines his background as an ethnomusicologist specializing in Afro-Caribbean music with his creative work as a jazz musician. As an instrumentalist, Austerlitz has dedicated himself to mastering the bass and contrabass clarinets. He also plays Bb (soprano) clarinet and tenor saxophone. As a composer, Austerlitz weds his backgrounds in jazz and ethnomusicology, producing works that incorporate the musics that he researches. He has been especially active in blending music from Haiti the Dominican Republic and elsewhere with jazz. Austerlitz has worked with musicians such as Doc Cheatham, Julius Hemphill, Dave Murray, Don Byron, Roswell Rudd, Jimmy Knepper, Ed Blackwell, Gunter Hampel, the poet Michael Harper, the Haitian Vodun-jazz group Foula, and the African jazz group of Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng. 


A Love Supine: Ascension into the Maelstrom

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Blood of the Lamb/Opening Theme: Blue Dirge; Exit My Mind; Enclosure; Name Her; In the Midst/Roswell’s Dream; Play That Ladnier; In a Lonely Place. CD2: Tar Roof Blues; Vachel, Vachel; Tiger Rage; I Licked Bird’s Blood; Holy Roller Shout; March of the Vipers (the sequel); Monk and the Evangelist; Pee Russell Enters Into Heaven; Ellington’s; Postscript: Blues for Roswell.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Black History Month Special Hour of Poetry & Jazz

Read "Black History Month Special Hour of Poetry & Jazz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The salute to Black History Month continues in this episode with an entire hour devoted to poetry and music, as well as more from Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited. New albums sampled are from New Orleans' trio Nutria, microtonal keyboardist Giorgi Mikadze from Georgia (the country of Georgia), trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and her band Impermanence, ...


Article: Book Review

Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times

Read "Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times Debbie Burke 463 PGWA ISBN: #9781079108323 Self Published 2019 Tasty Jazz Jams For Our Times represents a kind of broad, sprawling, inconclusive entry into various aspects of the present state of jazz. While we're accustomed to weighing perspectives on the history of ...


The Vodou Horn

Label: Round Whirled Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Gade Yon Rara; Titindjo; Zaka's Wedding; Mèt mèt mèt; Lamesi; Latibonit yo; Carolyn and the Mermaid; Sè Manbo; Zilibo; Rara Jam; Rele Bondye; Gade Yon Rara Remix.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Deep Jazz Trip Vol. 1

Read "Deep Jazz Trip Vol. 1" reviewed by Nick Davies

In this show Nick plays lots of new music and some tracks from the archives; a new format for the podcast version of the show. Playlist Ben Flocks “Muses's Mask" from Mask of the Muse (West Cliff Records) 1:41 James Martin “Rectify" from Keep Movin' (James Martin Music) 03:59 Miguel Zenon “El Negro ...


Article: Album Review

Paul Austerlitz: The Vodou Horn

Read "The Vodou Horn" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The Vodou Horn album is part of a trilogy called Marasa Twa: Vodou-Jazz-Merengue, exploring the spiritual traditions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The focus here is on Haiti, with ethnomusicologist/bass clarinetist Paul Austerlitz combining his playing with Franck Desire's Asakivle drumming and singing group, which plays traditional ritual rhythms in concert settings. After recording live ...


Article: Live Review

Paul Austerlitz Quintet at El Taller Latino Americano 3/06/10

Read "Paul Austerlitz Quintet at El Taller Latino Americano 3/06/10" reviewed by Tomas Pena

Paul Austerlitz QuintetEl Taller Latino AmericanoNew York, New YorkMarch 6, 2010 The Paul Austerlitz Quintet made a rare New York appearance at El Taller Latino Americano, a performance space and showcase for artistic talent on Manhattan's upper west side. The occasion marked the introduction of music based on Dominican rhythms ...



Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2009
Track listing: Chapter One: In-vocation 01. Bara Súwà Yo (trad.) - 4:03; Chapter Two: Palo and Beyond 02. Underground Palo (Austerlitz) - 5:09; 03. One Peace (Austerlitz) - 6:15; 04. Journey (Austerlitz) - 9:23; 05. Thunder Flow (trad.) - 4:16; Chapter Three 06. Ornithology (C. Parker) - 5:25; 07. Sisterhood is Powerful (Austerlitz) - 5:26; 09. Santiago (Hernabez) - 3:53; Chapter Four: Poetry and Song 09. Mountain?'s Music (Austerlitz) - 4:02; 10. A Place Inside (Austerlitz) - 4:19; 11 East Broadway Merengue (Rollins/Austerlitz) - 6:46; 12. Two Poems (Austerlitz) - 1:56; 13. Wor-Consciouness-Arena (Austerlitz) - 8:28; Chapter Five Out-Vocation 14. Bara Súwà Yo Reprise (trad.) - 2:19.


Article: Album Review

Paul Austerlitz: Journey

Read "Journey" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In copertina Paul Austerlitz si mostra ad un consueto clarinetto basso, all'interno del booklet invece si dedica a tirare fuori dei suoni da un clarinetto contrabbasso, cosa che gli riesce abbastanza bene, quando qua e là durante il disco suona l'inconsueto strumento. Gli studi al Bennington College e l'incontro lì con Bill Dixon e Milford Graves ...


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