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Sonny Sharrock

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The career of the late Sonny Sharrock is unique in modern jazz. He first aspired as a doo-wop singer, determined to take music as his vocation after listening to Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." Aspired to play saxophone but instead took up guitar in his early 20's due to asthmatic conditions, nonetheless he emulated his guitar styling after the energy players such as Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. He appeared as a cameo in Mile Davis' "Jack Johnson" album and Wayne Shorter's "Super Nova" album as well. His most notable appearance was his duel with Sanders on "Taulid" and "Izipho Zam." His primal tone with gusto was indeed a one-of-a-kind

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?

Read "Miles Davis & Don Cherry: Which One Is The Grifter?" reviewed by Chris May


The Swiss-based ezz-thetics label's Revisited strand of reissues is a jazz connoisseur's dream. The label identifies outstanding albums of the 1960s, sets one of its gifted audio engineers to mastering them and makes them newly available. Earlier editions of many of these albums are hard to find and the sound on all of them is substantially ...

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Article: Interview

Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini

Read "Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale del chitarrista Roberto Zorzi è così ricco ed eclettico che è impossibile includerlo in un particolare genere musicale. L'iniziale amore per visionari artisti rock come Robert Fripp e Brian Eno s'è arricchito nel tempo di approcci, tanto liberi quanto anticonvenzionali, di Derek Bailey e altri esponenti dell'avanguardia inglese degli anni settanta. La ricerca ...

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Article: Live Review

Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022. Prima parte: la Città Alta

Read "Bergamo Jazz Festival 2022. Prima parte: la Città Alta" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Bergamo Varie sedi 17-20.3.2022 Dopo lo slittamento a settembre dell'edizione 2021 a causa delle restrizioni della pandemia, il Bergamo Jazz Festival è tornato a svolgersi in marzo, come nella sua consolidata tradizione. Una rete di spazi prestigiosi di varia capienza, sparsi nella Città Alta e in quella Bassa, ha accolto di volta ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Gorry: GoBruCcio

Read "GoBruCcio" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Jerry Garcia once tried to explain the Grateful Dead's appeal by comparing them to licorice. He pointed out that not everybody likes licorice, but the people who do “really like licorice." The same principle could easily apply to free jazz. There's a unique appeal to free improvisation that some listeners embrace, while others might quickly turn ...

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Article: Book Review

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

Read "Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players Joel Harrison 256 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1949597134 Terra Nova Press 2021 As founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison has gotten to know a lot of adventurous contemporary guitarists: this book collects far-ranging conversations with twenty-seven of them. In fact, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


At the start of September 2021, trumpeter Terence Blanchard released Absence (Blue Note), dedicated to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who for health reasons had recently been obliged to retire from performing, at least temporarily. Some people celebrating their eighty-eighth birthday, as Shorter did the previous month, might not welcome being the dedicatee of an album ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Two William Parker Trios

Read "Two William Parker Trios" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The prolific bassist and composer William Parker has been making music with groups of all sizes and configurations for decades, Here are two new releases featuring him in wildly divergent trios. William Parker Painters Winter AUM Fidelity 2021 On this CD Parker teams up with two long-time ...

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Article: Film Review

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Read "Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Various Artists Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Onyx Collective/Searchlight Pictures 2021 One of the most thought-provoking moments in Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson's documentary on the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival comes from a festival attendee, looking back from the distant perspective of half a century. “I ...

Article: Live Review

Torino Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Torino Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Torino Varie sedi 19—27.06.2021 Il grande successo di pubblico ottenuto dal Torino Jazz Festival 2021, spostato dalla fine di aprile alla fine di giugno, dimostra quanto fosse impellente la fame di musica dal vivo, nonostante le precauzioni da prendere contro una pandemia tutt'altro che debellata definitivamente. D'altra parte bisogna ammettere che il ...


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