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Pharoah Sanders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Feed Your Head

Read "Pharoah Sanders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Feed Your Head" reviewed by Chris May

Fellow tenor-wielding sonic adventurer Albert Ayler famously described his own and Pharoah Sanders' relationships with their mentor John Coltrane thus: “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost." The epigram goes some way to capturing the scorched-earth ferocity of much, though not all, of Sanders' music in the 1960s. But Ayler ...

Cantos Invisíveis

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Estrada Para o Oeste; Violent Orchid Parade; Cambodian Street Carnival; Lost Corners Boogie; Desisto II; Fire and Chime; Olhaluai; Of Golden Summer; Falling Down From the Sky Like Some Damned Ghost.

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jazz didn't abandon jny: Chicago but its further development only began to take on a distinct personality in the 1960s. By the late 1920s, the next phase of the jazz scene had shifted from Chicago to New York though, initially, there was no red carpet rolled out. As jazz bands made their way to New York ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rob Mazurek: Chimeric Stoned Horn

Read "Chimeric Stoned Horn" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Chimeric" is defined as imaginary or visionary and it is a fitting allegory for the surreal nature of Chimeric Stoned Horn. Composer, electronic artist, cornet virtuoso and multimedia artist Rob Mazurek's vocation in the visual field has progressively influenced his music and vice versa. These are not alter egos, but related facets of the artist and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Thollem | Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons

Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In a remote outpost of creativity, the little town of Marfa sits on less than two square miles, a one-hour drive from the Mexican border. With a population of about two-thousand, it may, nevertheless, be the Brooklyn of the West Texas desert plateau. From its beginnings as an artist colony (of sorts), Marfa has been developing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

São Paulo Underground: Cantos Invisíveis

Read "Cantos Invisíveis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the spring of 2015 Rob Mazurek's São Paulo Underground expanded their touring formation and added “Black Cube SP" to their name for a tour that briefly made stops in the U.S. The enlarged group featured the addition of Thomas Rohrer on rabeca, a Brazilian viola. Rohrer, a Swiss native transplanted in Brazil was part of ...

Cantos Invisíveis

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Estrada Para o Oeste; Violent Orchid Parade; Cambodian Street Carnival; Lost Corners Boogie; Desisto II; Fire and Chime; Olhaluai; Of Golden Summer; Falling Down From the Sky Like Some Damned Ghost.

Cantos Invisiveis

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Estrada Para o Oeste; Violent Orchid Parade; Cambodian Street Carnival; Lost Corners Boogie; Desisto II; Fire and Chime; Olhaluai; Of Golden Summer, Falling Down from the Sky Like Some Damned Ghost.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

So many reviews this year, in so many genres, that I've split them into two categories--"Jazz" and “Latin, World & Experimental"--in response to the feeling that I was trying to compare apples to oranges. They're presented in more or less chronological order, and the guiding principle was whether I had a clear memory of the recording ...


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