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Ted Curson

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Theodore "Ted" Curson (born June 3, 1935, died November 4, 2012) was a jazz trumpeter. He was perhaps best-known for recording and performing with Charles Mingus. Curson got interested in playing trumpet through the fact that the local newspaper salesman had a silver trumpet that he was playing on the streets while selling newspapers. Curson's father could not afford a trumpet and besides, he wanted Ted to become an alto player like his idol, Louis Jordan. Finally, when Ted was 10 years old, his father found an old trumpet for him in the Navy Yard. He soon after formed a band, the Bebop Trio, with friends from the neighbourhood

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At Antibes 1960 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Prayer For Passive Resistance; Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting; Better Get Hit In Your Soul; Folk Forms 1; What Love?; I’ll Remember April.

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Article: Liner Notes

Sergio Armaroli & Evan Parker: Dialog

Read "Sergio Armaroli & Evan Parker: Dialog" reviewed by Chris May


Sergio Armaroli and Evan Parker's collaboration on Dialog was made possible by state-of-the-art 2022 digital technology, on which it was wholly reliant. But the structure of the music itself--call and response a.k.a. antiphony--predates the digital era by an unknown number of millennia. Located in different studios hundreds of miles apart, on different days, the two players ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023

Read "Chris May's Best Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Chris May


Another great year for recorded jazz. Fourteen of 2023's most special albums are presented here. Eight are new recordings and six are reissues or previously unreleased archive items. Joint Number One Best New Albums Of 2023 Irreversible Entanglements Protect Your Light Impulse! There are two contendors for the slam-dunk ...

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Article: Album Review

Ethan Philion: Gnosis

Read "Gnosis" reviewed by John Chacona


When it comes to making memorable entrances, Ethan Philion is on a par with Seinfeld's Kramer. The jny: Chicago bassist burst into the scene with Meditations on Mingus (Sunnyside Records, 2022), an audacious debut recording on which he arranged familiar selections and deep cuts from the towering jazz bassist Charles Mingus. On Gnosis, the forces are ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus: At Antibes 1960 Revisited

Read "At Antibes 1960 Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


At Antibes could easily be an all-time favorite Charles Mingus recording if he had not produced such extraordinary sessions as Mingus Ah Um (Columbia, 1959), Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Candid, 1961), The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse!, 1963) and Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (Impulse!, 1964). Listeners can make their own picks, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Charles Mingus: At Antibes 1960 Revisited

Read "At Antibes 1960 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Charles Mingus' exhilarating blend of roots and the avant-garde only rarely seems as binary* (see below) as it does on this recording from the 1960 Antibes Jazz Festival. Most often on a Mingus album, you do not hear the joins. This time, on one level, you do. Mingus leads a pianoless quintet completed by ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fire Starters

Read "Fire Starters" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


The boys take another walk down the “out" side of the street this episode, with looks at a little known outing from one of Charles Mingus' trumpet players to a twin-guitar / alto sax ensemble, to two rather challenging works on the Pyroclastic label. Mike's more patient with those efforts than Pat. Who's ready for some ...

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Fire Music To Mama Too Tight Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fire Music: Hambone; Los Olvidados; Prelude To A Kiss; The Girl From Ipanema; Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm. Mama Too Tight: A Portrait Of Robert Thompson (As A Young Man); Mama Too Tight; Theme For Ernie; Basheer.

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Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pots; Bulbs; Mixed; Steps; Enter, Evening (Soft Line Structure); Unit/Structure / As Of A Now / Section; Tales (8 Whisps).


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