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Roscoe Mitchell

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

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 ...

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 ...

Splatter

Label: I Dischi Di Angelica
Released: 2020
Track listing: Splatter; Distant Radio Transmission; Breath And Pipes.

Come and See What There Is to See

Label: The Label
Released: 2020
Track listing: Come and See What There Is to See; Odwalla; The Last Word (encore).

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.

Four Sure

Label: Bocian Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: One Sound Part I (Prelude Trio); One Sound Part II (Four Sure); One Sound Part III (Four Spirits); Second Sound (Double Dialogues); Third Sound (Two Trios); Trans (Love Terrain); For Love (Transport); Syberian (Love Train); Kochas Was (I Love You).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Ottaviano Extended Love & Eternal Love: Resonance & Rapsodies

Read "Resonance & Rapsodies" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Roberto Ottaviano torna a riunire la formazione con la quale nel 2018 aveva realizzato l'eccellente Eternal Love, ne sviluppa ancora le potenzialità e, non pago, compie un ulteriore passo in avanti, allargando la formazione da quintetto a ottetto --di fatto un doppio quartetto-- trasformandola in Extended Love. Con risultati, va detto subito, stupefacenti. Il ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Come and See What There Is to See

Read "Come and See What There Is to See" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In a recent interview, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire related the story of when he first visited a jazz club; as an eighth grader in Oakland, he experienced a performance by The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. What a spectacle it must have been and, of course, he would have witnessed the maestro himself, Roscoe Mitchell. Decades ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Pitsiokos / Javier Areal Velez / Kevin Murray: First Blush

Read "First Blush" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Was this gig at New York's Downtown Music Gallery in January, 2020, a one-off performance? Saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos was scheduled to perform solo, probably to promote his extraordinary solo release Speak In Tongues (Relative Pitch, 2019), but chose instead to expand to a trio. And a new trio at that. This wasn't one of his recent ...


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