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Ralph Miles Jones

Composer, educator, and multi-diasporic aerophonist, Ralph Jones has been active as a performing artist in the African American Spontaneous Compositional Tradition for over 35 years. He holds a Master's degree in African American Studies (Ethnomusicology Emphasis) and a B.A. in Ethnomusicology, both from UCLA. He is currently Faculty-in-Residence in the African American Studies Department at Oberlin College. As an internationally recognized performing soloist, he has recorded and or performed throughout the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Europe, with Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Wadada Leo Smith, Charles Moore, Kenn Cox, The MC5, Adam Rudolph 's Moving Pictures, and Go Organic Orchestra to name a few

Album

Imaginary Archipelago

Label: Meta Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Okomibo; Alima; Ibak; Dimahala; Apekweh; Madazuba; Pitek; Chandirasa; Suwakaba; Vajna; Sorokaba.

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself.

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Okomibo

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Label: Meta Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 4:51


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