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Rob Brown

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ob Brown was born in 1962 in Hampton VA. Rob took up the saxophone at age 12. Early on he was introduced to the music of Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy by his older brother who also played the saxophone. He played in school concert and jazz bands by age 13 and started playing with a performing/traveling jazz-blues band at age 16. During his first year of college Rob made a serious commitment to developing his music and he moved to Boston in 1981 to study. There he encountered many other young hard working musicians that inspired him and within a couple of years Rob saw the direction he wanted to pursue as an artist, and that Boston was not the best place for him to realise that. Rob moved to New York in 1984 and established the musical relationships that came to define his career

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Fertile Garden

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: 6BC; Children’s Magical Garden.  

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Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blue Circuit; Space Quadrant; The Pendulum Turns; Staircase in Space; Signify.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Matthew Shipp: A Dozen Essential Albums

Read "Matthew Shipp: A Dozen Essential Albums" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


While he was still in his fifties, some pundits were hailing Matthew Shipp as the “elder statesman" of avant-garde jazz piano. The sentiment, if not the Stonehenge-like title, was spot on. The jny: Wilmington, Delaware native grew up in jazz, with trumpeter Clifford Brown being a family friend. Shipp began studying piano at age 6 and ...

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Article: Album Review

Whit Dickey Quartet: Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space

Read "Astral Long Form: Staircase In Space" reviewed by Mark Corroto


As leader of the Whit Dickey Quartet, the drummer placed total faith in his bandmates for this studio session. The accompanying materials quote Dickey, “I asked them all to not think of time too much; I just wanted them to play, not to follow me or each other." Was that instruction made out of confidence or ...

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Article: In Pictures

Sons d'Hiver 2022, William Parker "Trail Of Tears - A Continuum 1492-2022"

Read "Sons d'Hiver 2022, William Parker "Trail Of Tears - A Continuum 1492-2022"" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Watching and Listening

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Sparrow Dusting Picidae Nocturnal and Binaural Mourning Dove Distant Recognition Mocking Jack

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Article: Interview

The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis

Read "The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Tenor saxophonist, composer, and writer James Brandon Lewis is driven by a restlessness that makes him one of his generation's standout players of, and thinkers about jazz. Although he was voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in the 2020 DownBeat Magazine International Critic's Poll, most might say, after listening to his recent releases, that his star has ...

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Article: Album Review

Matthew Shipp / Evan Parker: Leonine Aspects

Read "Leonine Aspects" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Matthew Shipp's duo recordings with saxophonists such as Ivo Perelman and Rob Brown have always been intriguing but his projects with Evan Parker are fascinating in their complexity and openness. The two master improvisers have teamed up twice before, beginning with Abbey Road Duos (Treader, 2007) and recorded several more albums together with the Spring Heel ...

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Article: Year in Review

Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A year like no other produced a terrific amount of great music, much of inspired by--or in spite of—the surreal circumstances. Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite releases of the year. A huge thank you to all the musicians, record labels, studios, agents, promotors and virtual technicians who helped keep us relatively ...


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