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Sun Ra Arkestra

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Personnel

Marshall Allen - leader, alto sax, flute, clarinet, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument)
Knoel Scott - alto sax
James Stewart - tenor sax
Mike Watson - bass clarinet
Danny Thompson - baritone sax, flute
Michael Ray - trumpet
Cecil Brooks - trumpet
Ryan Frasier - trumpet
Vincent Chauncey - french horn
Dave Davis - trombone
Emmet McDonald - trombone
Tyler Mitchell - bass
Wayne Anthony Smith, Jr. - drums
Elson Nascimento - surdo, percussion
Dave Hotep - electric guitar
Tara Middleton - vocals, violin
George Burton - piano
Teddy Thomas - percussion

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Article: Jazz in Long Form

Jazz Beyond Borders: Embracing Online Performances

Read "Jazz Beyond Borders: Embracing Online Performances" reviewed by Ellen Johnson


The COVID-19 pandemic forced musicians and venues to adapt, giving rise to innovative alternatives for their survival. One of the most transformative solutions was the advent of live streaming concerts and club dates, allowing people to enjoy jazz performances from the comfort of their homes. As the pandemic's limitations persisted, this concept gained traction, offering audiences ...

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Article: Live Review

Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Sun Ra Arkestra at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Sun Ra Arkestra SFJAZZ Center Summer Season San Francisco July 18-21, 2023 Though on the surface, Dead & Company and the Sun Ra Arkestra--the first a Grateful Dead offshoot focusing on rock tunes featuring extended jams, the other an avant-garde jazz ensemble that remains ahead of its time--might seem really ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2023

Read "Big Ears Festival 2023" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennesse March 30-April 2, 2023 The second full edition after the pandemic found the Big Ears Festival still growing in attendance. Organizers responded by increasing the number of venues, including new ones like the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and ones that had not been used for some time, ...

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Article: Album Review

Donald Byrd: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux

Read "Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Almost fifty years after the event, Donald Byrd's 1973 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival finally sees the light of day. Several other artists on Blue Note's roster had performances released--in more timely manner--from the same edition of Claude Nobs festival, including Ronnie Foster, Bobbi Humphrey, Bobby Hutcherson and Marlena Shaw. In no small part, thanks ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brian Blade, Sun Ra, Jon Cowherd, Chris Potter & More New Releases

Read "Brian Blade, Sun Ra, Jon Cowherd, Chris Potter & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Sun Ra may have joined the outer spaceways almost 30 years ago but he continues to inspire our earthly affairs through the musicians that have worked with him. We explore recent releases of the Arkestra and of bassist Tyler Mitchell, both of which revolve around the contribution of Marshall Allen. The other cluster of tracks is ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ivo Perelman, Art Ensemble of Chicago & Satoki Fujii

Read "Ivo Perelman, Art Ensemble of Chicago & Satoki Fujii" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Three very special recordings get the OMJ treatment in this edition. Saxophonist Ivo Perelman's release Reed Rapture In Brooklyn is the largest of the three: 103 tracks over 12 different discs featuring Perelman and fellow saxophonists. It's an immense collection of improvised duets. Pianist Satoko Fujii's Hyaku: One Hundred Dreams celebrates her 100th album as a ...

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Article: Interview

Leonard E. Jones: Taking Control Of Destiny

Read "Leonard E. Jones: Taking Control Of Destiny" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


Bassist and photographer Leonard E. Jones laid the foundation of his musical and artistic ideas as an original member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The AACM ranks as the most well-known and influential organization of the 1960s under African American leadership that created American experimental music through challenging “racialized limitations on venues ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The fact that New York City's Winter JazzFest (WJF) is back to in-person performances may very well be among the most meaningful signs, at least for jazz die-hards, that life is returning to normal. The overall number of concerts may not be as high as in the past, with the 170+ performances of 2020 ...

Album

Living Sky

Label: Omni Sound
Released: 2022
Track listing: Chopin; Somebody Else’s Idea; Day Of The Living Sky; Marshall’s Groove; Night Of The Living Sky; Firefly; Wish Upon A Star.


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