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Article: Film Review

Impressions of Zero Gravity

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We published Peter Jones's review of Zero Gravity the other week, but other staffers wanted to share their thoughts on the Wayne Shorter documentary, so we collected them and presented them here. Ellen Johnson Zero Gravity, the documentary chronicling the life and music of jazz icon Wayne Shorter, surpasses the boundaries of conventional biographical ...

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Article: The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

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Introduction“April is the cruelest month... “ so begins The Burial of the Dead section of T. S. Eliot's 100-year-old poem. “The Waste Land" laments the decline of culture in the world after World War I. In April of 2023, we lost Harry Belafonte and Ahmad Jamal. The loss of these two men is part of contemporary ...

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Article: The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

Gil Scott-Heron: Paean To The Spirit Of One Of The Last Poets

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IntroductionWhat does it take to be a griot? According to the dictionary, griots are a 'member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc.' Gil Scott-Heron did not grow up in West ...

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Article: The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised

MONK! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

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Introduction A butterfly met a monk in 1954. In the wake of an almost 30 year friendship they left behind some of the best music of the 20th century—Thelonious Monk the creator, Pannonica de Koenigswarter an enabler. The story of their friendship has been told before, but never quite in this way. Youssef Daoudi is the ...

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Article: Album Review

Ksenia Parkhatskaya: Colours

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Lionel Messi has left Barcelona but excellence hasn't. Barcelona-based Ksenia Parkhatskaya is a performer whose skills are as varied in the creative arts as Senor Messi's are on the football pitch. The breadth of her talent is unique making it difficult to excel in one thing, but blessed as she is, she excels in all she ...

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Article: Album Review

Staci Griesbach: My George Jones Songbook

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Some might question why write an All About Jazz review of an album featuring songs made popular by George Jones? Duke Ellington had the answer when he said, “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind ... the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of ...

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Article: Interview

Chien Chien Lu: On The Right Path

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Chien Chien Lu is a vibes and marimba player who lived the first quarter of a century of her life in Taiwan. This year she is closing in on 32 years of age. One of three children, she went to church with Dad and temple with Mom--her father being a Christian, and her mother a Buddhist. ...

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Article: Profile

Isabella Lundgren: Looking For The Silver Lining

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Isabella Lundgren was born on the winter solstice of 1987. Each day after her birth the sun shone longer until summer came. Kind of how one feels listening to her latest album Look for the Silver Lining (Ladybird, 2021). One of Sweden's gifts to the music scene, she's a young woman with a heart and soul ...

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Article: Album Review

Joao Gilberto: João Gilberto

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Joao Gilberto's date of birth was June 10, 1931. Happy 90th to the co-creator of Bossa Nova, wherever his spirit is. After his divorce from Astrud, the vocalist on “The Girl From Ipanema," featured on Getz/Gilberto (Verve Records, 1964), Gilberto lived in Mexico for a couple of years, creating the impression of an unpredictable and impetuous ...

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Article: Album Review

Melody Gardot: Sunset in the Blue - The Deluxe Version

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Henri Matisse, the master of the use of color, said, “Art should be something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue." Melody Gardot's Sunset in the Blue: The Deluxe Version shows its mastery, in both the color of its cover design and the execution of its musicianship. Back in the day, Matisse ...


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