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Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Ballad for Deadwood Dick; Motherless Child; Breakfast at Bongo's; Close to Freedom; The Theme; Little Africa.

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James Brandon Lewis, River People, Hard Rubber Orchestra & Steve Lehman

Read "James Brandon Lewis, River People, Hard Rubber Orchestra & Steve Lehman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


He's back! Hard-charging saxophonist James Brandon Lewis's latest, MSM Molecular Systematic Music, is now out and JBL and his quartet tear things up in a live gig at Rote Fabrik in Zurich. The new album reprises the tunes from the earlier Molecular, but the energy is much different, as the gig was the first in a ...

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Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Dark Tree & Clean Feed

Read "Gard Nilssen, Sam Rivers, Dark Tree & Clean Feed" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The '70s in Los Angeles was a very fertile period for free and avant-garde jazz. Dark Tree Records has been re-releasing some of that music and four of their albums are featured in this edition of OMJ. You'll hear music from Dark Tree albums by Horace Tapscott, Roberto Miranda, John Carter/Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia. The ...

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Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

Read "Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Since its founding in 2011, the French record label Dark Tree has been issuing a “Roots Series" documenting previously unreleased performances of the Los Angeles jazz avant-garde from the 1970s through the '90s. Among the best of those releases have been several from Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra led by pianist/composer/conductor Horace Tapscott. Legacies for Our Grandchildren: ...

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Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985

Label: Dark Tree Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Platform for Freedom; Faith; Agony in the Garden; Prayer #1; Deborah Tasmin; Improvised Bass Solo 5/25/85; Dance of Blessing, Happiness & Peace.

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Label: New World Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony I: Dear Friend; Zuli; Band Introduction; At Harmony; Air Rings; Dimples: The Fat Lady on Parade.
CD 2—The Julius Hemphill/Abdul Wadud Duo: Syntax; Tightenin’; Slang; Unknown Title; Rhapsody; Downstairs.
CD 3—The Janus Company: Opener; #4; #3; Collective Improvisation; Dogon A.D.
CD 4—Chamber Music: Parchment (1988); Mingus Gold (1988); Nostalgia in Times Square; Alice’s Wonderland; Better Get Hit in Your Soul; Daedalus String Quartet: Unknown Title No. 1 (1981); Unknown Title No. 2 (1981).
CD 5—Roi Boyé Solo and Text: Trills; Unfiltered Dreams; Wade in the Water; Change My Clothes.
CD 6—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony II: K.C. Line; Testament #5; Song Suite: At Harmony; Sixty/Sixty; Astrid; Mailika; Pull It; Rites; Pigskin; For Billie (for Billie Holiday); One/Waltz/Time.
CD 7—Live at Joyous Lake: Mirrors; Dung; Band Introduction; Would Boogie.

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Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music of 2021

Read "Karl Ackermann's Best Creative Music of 2021" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


2020 was a disaster and 2021 was less than a beacon of hope. COVID-19 is in the rear-view mirror but closer than it appears. The political clown cars are over capacity, still running on fossil fuel and spilling occupants into the drinking water. That said, jazz and creative music flourished in ways that could make us ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble: Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985

Read "Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Roberto Miranda has appeared on almost one-hundred albums but has been lightly recorded as a leader, and inexplicably struggled to generate interest among labels. Dark Tree Records has released some great Horace Tapscott performances from the '70s and '80s. The label resurrected a Miranda-led session on Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985. Recorded at ...

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Bobby Bradford-Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet: Live At The Blue Whale

Read "Live At The Blue Whale" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Bobby Bradford, classe 1934, un passato accanto ad autentici giganti, da Ornette Coleman (in particolare l'epocale Science Fiction, anno di grazia 1971) a John Carter (ripetutamente), tanto per fare solo due nomi, si unisce al più giovane sassofonista Hafez Modirzadeh per dirigere questo pregevole quartetto, nella cui musica (nello specifico ripresa dal vivo nel locale del ...


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