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Article: Album Review

Alberto Braida: Cats In The Kitchen

Read "Cats In The Kitchen" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Cats In The Kitchen by the trio of Alberto Braida, Silvia Bolognesi, and Cristiano Calcagnile is the embodiment of la sprezzatura, an Italian expression that has no equivalent in English but roughly translates as doing something extremely well without showing that it took any effort. The nine compositions penned by Braida, an accomplished pianist whose recent ...

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Article: Album Review

Conference Call: Prism

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Most jazz groups that stay together for a long time, such as The Modern Jazz Quartet or The Art Ensemble of Chicago, achieve a certain prominence. It is a surprise then to realize that the lesser-known band, Conference Call, has been around since 1999 and is here releasing its eighth album. The group's core ...

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Article: Album Review

Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Come and See What There Is to See

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In a recent interview, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire related the story of when he first visited a jazz club; as an eighth grader in Oakland, he experienced a performance by The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. What a spectacle it must have been and, of course, he would have witnessed the maestro himself, Roscoe Mitchell. Decades ...

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We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing:
CD 1:
Variations and Sketches from the Bamboo Terrace; Bell Song; We Are on the Edge; I Greet You with Open Arms; Chi-Congo 50; Jamaican Farewell Part I; Villa Tiamo; Saturday Morning; Jamaican Farewell Part II; Mama Koko; Fanfare and Bell; Oasis at Dusk.
CD 2:
We Are on the Edge/Cards; Oasis at Dusk; Chi-Congo 50; Tutankhamun; Mama Koko; Saturday Morning; Odwalla/The Theme.

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Article: Live Review

Vilnius Jazz 2019

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Vilnius Jazz 2019 Russian Drama Theatre jny:Vilnius, Lithuania October 16-20, 2019 Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women ...

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Article: Album Review

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Quanta storia. Nel 1969 Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman e il più riluttante Malachi Favors, spinti dalla lungimiranza avventurosa di Lester Bowie, si trasferirono a Parigi, accolti dalla comunità degli artisti e degli appassionati con grande attenzione. Tra questi, c'era il batterista e promotore parigino Claude Delcloo, particolarmente attivo e in contatto fin dal 1968 con l'AACM ...

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist Malachi Favors, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Joseph Jarman have all passed on, leaving the Art Ensemble of Chicago's remaining original members, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Famoudou Don Moye, to rebuild. We Are on the Edge is a double-CD package; it is a fifty-year celebration of the group, and a dedication to the departed ...

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Article: Album Review

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Seventy plus recordings and fifty years since the inception of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. I mean the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, its original name. Born of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the band sojourned to Paris and soon changed its name to The Art Ensemble Of Chicago to reflect the corroborative ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, Marilyn Mazur, Echoes of Zoo and More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


New releases keep coming at an exciting place and Mondo Jazz obliges, sharing tons of exicting new releases, in particular celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its spiritual offspring as well as some great European projects. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

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Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...


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