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Article: Interview

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

Read "Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...


Article: Album Review

Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It is timely, albeit in a melancholy way, that one-time Tomasz Stańko protégé Marcin Wasilewski and his trio would offer a retrospective live performance that closely coincides with the passing of the legendary Polish trumpeter. The pianist, still just in his early forties, first recorded with Stańko's octet while he was a teenager and quickly went ...

Article: Interview

BOOM, tra jazz e elettronica. Intervista a Raffaele Costantino

Read "BOOM, tra jazz e elettronica. Intervista a Raffaele Costantino" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

S'intitola When in Rome, è un EP registrato dal vivo dal duo BOOM che unisce il produttore, DJ e seguitissimo conduttore radiofonico per Radio2 Raffaele Costantino e il pianista jazz Giovanni Guidi. Pubblicato dalla factory creativa LBL, è un lavoro in cui i due musicisti cercano di andare oltre i luoghi comuni del binomio ...


News: Performance / Tour

Matthew Shipp Returns To Cafe Oto In London, UK For A Three Night Residency

Matthew Shipp Returns To Cafe Oto In London, UK For A Three Night Residency

Iconoclastic piano genius Matthew Shipp returns to Cafe Oto for three nights, continuing and expanding collaborations formed in his unforgettable first residency back in 2010, and culminating in an evening of extended solo performance. Steeped in the history of the jazz avant-garde yet with an unmistakeably individual voice, Matthew Shipp has established himself as one of ...


Article: Live Review

Wadada Leo Smith: London, England, August 27, 2012

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: London, England, August 27,  2012" reviewed by John Sharpe

Wadada Leo SmithCafé OtoLondonAugust 27, 2012As if searching for the perfect setting, for the second night of his two-day residency at north London's Café Oto, legendary AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith was pitched against two contrasting ensembles drawn from the capital's reservoir of improvising talent. First up was a brass trio, ...


Article: Album Review

Black Music Disaster: Black Music Disaster

Read "Black Music Disaster" reviewed by Troy Collins

The intriguingly titled Black Music Disaster is part of Thirsty Ear's Blue Series, which for over a decade has documented numerous cross-stylistic collaborations between artists from different genres. This live concert recording, taped in February 2010 at London's Cafe Oto, features a virtual indie summit meeting, presenting renowned avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp playing Farfisa organ, ...


Article: Live Review

Matthew Shipp Quartet with Paul Dunmall: London, September 8, 2011

Read "Matthew Shipp Quartet with Paul Dunmall: London, September 8, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Matthew Shipp Quartet with Paul DunmallThe VortexLondonSeptember 8, 2011 For a growing number of American improvisers, London is becoming a home away from home. Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is on record as saying how much he enjoys communing with the capital's finest, and reedmen Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee have ...


Article: Live Review

Wadada Leo Smith at Cafe Oto in London

Read "Wadada Leo Smith at Cafe Oto in London" reviewed by John Sharpe

Wadada Leo SmithCafé OtoLondonJuly 24, 2010Following the unprecedented acclaim for AACM trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's appearance at London's Freedom of the City Festival in May, Cafe Oto had quickly invited him back to town for a two night residency in north London. Unable to replicate Smith's celebrated set with twin drummers, ...


Article: Profile

Wadada Leo Smith: A Vital Life Force

Read "Wadada Leo Smith: A Vital Life Force" reviewed by Lyn Horton

“To teach and create and not expect or demand anything in return."--Wadada Leo Smith, quoted in an article printed in The Houston Chronicle, November 4, 2006 On the nine-by-eleven inch cover of the February, 2010, issue of Wire magazine is a full-page photo of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Only the upper half of his body is ...


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