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A renowned double bassist of exceptional talent Sirone, (Norris Sirone Jones) was a founder member of the Revolutionary Ensemble and remained with it throughout its six-year life. His memory is principally cherished by observers of the fine detail of jazz history, but his power, flexibility and musicality as an improviser entitle him to much more than a footnote. Back in 1971, three adventurous young US jazz musicians formed an uncompromising improvisational group called the Revolutionary Ensemble--a title that had resonances in the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the radical transformation of jazz making that had been ignited by Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. The work of the experimenters of that era is still evident in jazz today, in a freer and more collectively intuitive approach to playing that has become so familiar that hardly anyone blinks at it

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The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert

Label: Oblivion Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Autumn/Parade; Spring of Two Blue J's.

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Article: Album Review

Cecil Taylor: The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert

Read "The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


If the title alone The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert doesn't blow out those flu-like post-holiday cobwebs in a big hurry, the full, near ninety minute assault on all that was and is holy damn well will. Couple the jittery anticipation of NYC's Town Hall audience pushing up against the cool onstage élan of alto saxophonist ...

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Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: La Sorella; Fortunato; Why Not; Homecoming; Similar Limits; Sound Structure; Improvisation; QBIC; Porto Novo.

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Article: Film Review

Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz

Read "Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz Submarine Deluxe 2021 There is much to like about this lovingly put together history of the so-called free jazz of the 1960s and 1970s. Over a decade in the making, the film, directed by self- declared genre obsessive Tom Surgal, is a compilation ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

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 ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Chris May


The world may be going to hell in a handcart, but the year has been full of uplifting jazz. Here are ten of the best albums--the first seven newly recorded, the final three reissued or recently unearthed. Each one is the coyote's cojones. Yazz Ahmed Polyhymnia Ropeadope The eagerly ...

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Article: Album Review

Pharoah Sanders: Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins

Read "Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins" reviewed by Chris May


The first official (allegedly) release of this album for over 30 years, Live At Antibes Jazz Festival Juan-Les-Pins July 21, 1968 captures Pharoah Sanders on the cusp of stylistic change. It is a disc hardcore Sanders fans will treasure. From 1965-1967, with his own bands and in those led by John Coltrane, Sanders' paint-stripping ...

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Article: Album Review

Cecil Taylor: Live In The Black Forest

Read "Live In The Black Forest" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A retrospective look at the sixty-year career of Cecil Taylor, in progress at the Whitney Museum of American Art, incorporates the museum's unobstructed spaces and impressive views of New York City with multimedia documentation of the great composer/pianist's sixty years of creative invention. That openness is emblematic of Taylor's own absence of artistic boundaries. He has ...

Article: Lyrics

Arancio, nero e nostalgia: tempo di ristampe in casa Impulse!

Read "Arancio, nero e nostalgia: tempo di ristampe in casa Impulse!" reviewed by Luca Canini


Piovono ristampe in casa Impulse!. Un diluvio benedetto a tinte arancionere che riporta sugli scaffali dei negozi classicissimi e rarità a prezzi stracciati. Non il massimo l'operazione dal punto di vista filologico: grafica discutibile, copertine originali incrociate grossolanamente, rimasterizzazione discreta ma non eccelsa, note riprodotte in miniatura e in alcuni casi praticamente illeggibili; ma il rapporto ...


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