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Sun Ra Arkestra

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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: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Abe Goldstien

Read "Meet Abe Goldstien" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


You can have your “Dry Cleaner From Des Moines"—we're putting our money on our latest jazz Super Fan from Des Moines. Former adman Abe Goldstien lists his passions as his wife, his two children, and jazz. Retired though he may be, Abe doesn't show any signs of slowing down, keeping up a busy schedule volunteering for ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin

Read "Meditations on Crime, Miles Okazaki, Kurt Elling, Maggie Jean Martin" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A mystery project bearing the DNA of the late Hal Willner and Sun Ra, a project inspired by the poetry of that same Herman Poole Blount, tributes to Carla Bley and Lars Gullin, saxophonists on the rise, and a teenage sensation.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" ...

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Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Nothing Is...Completed & Revisited

Read "Nothing Is...Completed & Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


The 1966 concert recording which comprises this album--here in a new, audio-improved edition—has travelled the discographical spaceways in what, when it comes to Sun Ra, is properly circuitous and confusing fashion. Eight tracks from it were scheduled for release by ESP-Disk in 1967 or 1968 as The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volume III, complete with ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bass Is The Place: Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Garrison, Dave Holland And More

Read "Bass Is The Place: Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Garrison, Dave Holland And More" reviewed by David Brown


This week angels & demons are at play as basset luminary Tyler Mitchell and legendary saxophonist Marshall Allen present two new Sun Ra inspired releases. Then, we follow Jimmy Garrison in and out of the Coltrane quartet, followed by more bassist led groups from Wilbur Ware, Ahmed Abdul-Malik (pictured), Linda May Han Oh and others. Bass ...

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Article: Live Review

SFJAZZ Collective at SFJAZZ

Read "SFJAZZ Collective at SFJAZZ" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


SFJAZZ Collective SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, CA October 31, 2021 Established by SFJAZZ, the San Francisco music-presentation nonprofit which hosts most events at its own San Francisco edifice, the SFJAZZ Collective, a group of established jazz musicians, has been making annual tours including material from one modern jazz great (such ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

When Jazz Pops, Part 2

Read "When Jazz Pops, Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Ornette Coleman playing for Lou Reed? Or the Sun Ra Arkestra together with Steven Bernstein's Sexmob Orchestra backing U2 courtesy of Hal Willner? And Kenny Wheeler collaborating with both David Sylvian and Joni Mitchell? This and many more fascinating collaborations between jazz masters and pop and rock musicians in this playlist.Happy listening!Playlist ...

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Article: In the Artist's Own Words

On the Road With Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

Read "On the Road With Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids" reviewed by Gioele Pagliaccia


The first time I met Idris Ackamoor was inside of Centro Stabile di Cultura on a Sunday afternoon in November 2018. The organizers at this historical venue in San Vito di Leguzzano, a small village half hour from Vicenza surrounded by foundries and wheat fields, asked me if I could lend my Ludwig Drums to the ...

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Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Heliocentric Worlds 1 & 2 Revisited

Read "Heliocentric Worlds 1 & 2 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Heliocentric Worlds 1 & 2 Revisited presents in their entirety, newly and luminously remastered, the two albums which on release by ESP Disk in 1965 led, if not to actual commercial breakthrough for Sun Ra—who had been recording, obscurely, under his own name since the late 1940s—then at least to a heightened level of visibility for ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Albert Ayler & New York Contemporary Five: Revisited, Remastered, Resplendent

Read "Albert Ayler & New York Contemporary Five: Revisited, Remastered, Resplendent" reviewed by Chris May


The Swiss-based ezz-thetics label was launched in 2019 by Hat Hut Records' founder, Werner X. Uehlinger, and its Revisited strand is a jazz aficionado's dream. The series is devoted to landmark avant-garde recordings from the 1960s, and ezz-thetics does more than simply reissue them. Peter Pfister, Uehlinger's longtime mastering Jedi, improves the audio quality of the ...


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