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Positive Knowledge: Invisible Wisdom

Read "Invisible Wisdom" reviewed by Marc Medwin

The duo of Oluyemi and Ijeoma Thomas continues to be a potent one on this, the long-running Positive Knowledge collaboration's release Invisible Wisdom. Recorded live at 2005's Vision Festival, it's a widely varied and ultimately rewarding set where the only problem is a slightly distant recording. That understood, the music is some of ...

First Ones

Label: Charles Lester Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Unexplained Reality/Events at the Edge; Message of the Stones; First Ones; Mystic Dialogues; SUMOTUWE (after Betty Carter); In the Center of Boom; Expression for Peace; Crises to Victory; Sea of Joy (for Dr. Elise Austin); Prayerful Devotion (for the Children and Elders).

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Positive Knowledge: First Ones

Read "First Ones" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Live and on record, Oluyemi and Ijeoma Thomas cover a lot of musical ground with their Positive Knowledge projects. First Ones continues that trend, featuring the powerful reed player and the fearless vocalized word magic of Ms. Thomas, along with long time collaborator Spirit on percussion. Ike Levin comes aboard on this edition, engaging Oluyemi in ...

Live In New York

Label: Edge Tone Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Proofs (For Alan Silva); Secrets of Imperfection; The Upper Chamber House of Prayer; Righteous Intent; Ask Eric/ Iron Soul (For Eric Dolphy); Mother Africa (For Wilber Morris); In One Heart (For Jeanne Lee); Direct Focus; Beauty Is Hidden.

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Positive Knowledge: Live In New York

Read "Live In New York" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The performance documented here was recorded at the 2001 Vision Festival, a stage that serves as a window for artists whose persuasion is the expression of free jazz. Sometimes when things are free, there is a price to pay. Does the musician communicate with the listener? Are the impulses strictly personal or do they also have ...

At the Center of the Threshold

Label: Ear Light Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Upper Chamber; Rising Saturn/Thee Fasting Reflections; Texas Sonrise; ...of Living Waters; Cemetery Site; Desert Season/Freshness; O Spirit, O Light; Hearts Made Pure; The Place of Sacrifice; Divine Reality/Leo!! Urban Lions; Zones.

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Positive Knowledge: At the Center of the Threshold

Read "At the Center of the Threshold" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Improvisation has a fascinating potential to convey personality. The four personalities in Positive Knowledge shine through in amazing detail on the two-disc set At the Center of the Threshold. Oluyemi Thomas, featured most prominently here on soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, delivers performances brimming over with a personal touch. His work on At the Center draws ...


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