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Steve Swell

Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 30 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children. Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Universal Tonality - The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality - The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Universal Tonality -The Life and Music of William Parker Cisco Bradley 408 pagine Duke University Press 2021 Ricordiamo bene l'esibizione della Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, il 31 maggio 1998, al Teatro Nuovo di Verona, menzionata nelle prime righe dell'introduzione di Universal Tonality--The Life and Music of William Parker, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Soundpath

Read "Soundpath" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Muhal Richard Abrams (1930-2017) was a revered pianist, composer and teacher of great capability and range who, in addition to his own achievements, inspired and influenced many jazz musicians in both the mainstream and avant-garde categories. Largely self-taught as a result of a personal decision to follow his own path, and early on pursuing church music, ...

More Music for a Free World

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Memories; Dreams; Reflections.

LATECOMERS

Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020

An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: (CD1) Chicago: The Hanukah—Xmas March Of Truth For 12 Days Of Jingling Bells With Spirits In Chicago; The Heavenly Home Bashing Of The Bells; Noel Omega—Change Has Come For The Three Kings Who Lit The Tiny Candles In Chicago; Did You Hear They Found Light In Darkness Looking For Chestnuts? (CD2) N.Y.C.: The Hanukah—Xmas March Of Truth For 12 Days Of Jingling Bells With Spirits in NYC; Noel Omega—Change Has Come For The Three Kings Who Lit The Tiny Candles In NYC.

The Center Will Hold

Label: Not Two Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Celestial Navigation; The Center Will Hold; Mikrokosmos II; Laugh So You Don't Cry; Robo Call; Spontaneous Protocols.

Soundpath

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Soundpath: One track for entire composition.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2020

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by John Sharpe

With so few performance opportunities since March, and musicians in continuing limbo, the continued stream of new releases has been a surprise, but a welcome one. For me, and many others, music has been a source of solace in an otherwise dreadful year. That makes it all the more invidious to pick and choose between honest ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro

It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...


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