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Roscoe Mitchell

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One of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's AACM movement of the mid-'60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a particularly strong and consistently adventurous improviser long associated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. After getting out of the military, Mitchell led a hard bop sextet in Chicago (1961) which gradually became much freer. He was a member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental Band and a founding member of the AACM in 1965. Mitchell's monumental Sound album (1966) introduced a new way of freely improvising, utilizing silence as well as high energy and "little instruments" as well as conventional horns

Album

The Ritual and the Dance

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Ritual and the Dance.

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Article: Album Review

Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravska Banda: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Decisamente prolifico, in anni recenti, Roscoe Mitchell, e non ce ne rallegreremo mai abbastanza. Certo, con lui c'è sempre il rischio del prodotto non perfettamente a fuoco, centrato, in poche parole all'altezza del suo grande talento (e ormai, varcata la soglia degli ottanta, acclarato magistero, e da un po'), ma per fortuna non è questo il ...

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Article: In Pictures

Seeing More Jazz

Read "Seeing More Jazz" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


My interview (Seeing Jazz: The Photography of Luciano Rossetti) with Karl Ackermann was published earlier this week. Here are some additional photos of mine that I wanted to share. Over the course of my career I have had the pleasure of photographing some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world including Anthony Braxton, ...

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Article: Interview

Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella

Read "Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Since 2016, and even through the pandemic of 2020, jny: Madison Wisconsin has hosted a steady stream of improvisational music concerts. The majority of these are thanks to the organization named after Wisconsin's native grass, BlueStem Jazz. Founded by two retired professionals and melophiles this non-profit, award-winning establishment is dedicated to promoting and hosting a wide ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexander Hawkins Feat. Evan Parker + Riot Ensemble: Togetherness Music (For Sixteen Musicians)

Read "Togetherness Music (For Sixteen Musicians)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It is obvious from the outset that this is a significant recording. Evan Parker launches into his trademark soprano saxophone circular breathing, setting the stage for things to come. An exemplar of all things free improvisation, his virtuosity never fails to amaze. Although Parker is the marquee soloist here, the composer and organizer of this session, ...

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Article: Album Review

Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed: The Ritual and the Dance

Read "The Ritual and the Dance" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Seventeen minutes into this thirty-seven minute performance from Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed, the saxophonist pauses, removing the soprano from his lips. At that moment, it is clear what an enormous effort the septuagenarian was making. His breath control and lung volume might be matched only by two of his contemporaries, Evan Parker and Peter Brötzmann. ...

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Article: Album Review

Roscoe Mitchell​ / ​Jerzy Mazzoll ​/ ​Sławek Janicki ​/ ​Qba Janicki: Four Sure

Read "Four Sure" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This quartet of legendary master musician Roscoe Mitchell and three polish players was recorded in Bydgoszcz, a city in northern Poland at the Mózg Festival in 2015. The genesis though can be found back in 1994, when a quintet led by clarinetist Jerzy Mazzoll released Out Out To Lunch (Muzyka Z Mózgu, 1994), their homage to ...

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

Album

Distant Radio Transmission

Label: Wide Hive Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Distant Radio Transmission; Nonaah Trio; Cutouts for Woodwind Quintet; 8.8.88 Pt 1; 8.8.88 Pt 2; 8.8.88 Pt 3.


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