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Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings

In a recent interview, somebody dared to ask the composer, “Is Jazz dead?”.  (He provided an apt and abrupt answer to that question).   I think we need to take a step higher and ask ourselves “What is Jazz?”  And… Continue Reading →

Charles Mingus on Impulse! Records

I entered a jazz program at a small local college without having any sense of the breadth of styles and the personalities that shaped the art form.  As a bass player, I felt inclined towards Mingus at first.  But the… Continue Reading →

Paul McCartney: Egypt Station

Sir Paul seems to garner increasing popularity (once again) over recent years – A genuine acclaim for what he’s doing today, without any tongue-in-cheek irony.  And deservedly so.  Carrying himself with a sense of decorum, (but never too serious), he… Continue Reading →

Blink and Moses: Alive in the East?

Like the last few recordings, the tracks for the aptly-titled Alive in the East? were laid down in front of an audience, amidst a modest setting (in this particular case, East London’s Total Refreshment Center). Binker Golding (Tenor Sax) and… Continue Reading →

Dinosaur: Wonder Trail

Dinosaur has been a name in the ‘new’ jazz scene for a few years now.  The music speaks for itself, which is good because this collective falls shockingly beneath the radar on the internet.  With a group of compositions by… Continue Reading →

Both Directions At Once – The Lost John Coltrane Album Everybody’s Talking About

When I first heard that a recently discovered John Coltrane was being released, I didn’t have high expectations.  I mean, I’ve heard collectors state emphatically that if Coltrane farted on record, they’d listen.  I eschewed it, assuming that it was… Continue Reading →

Watch This! Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Volunteered Slavery

Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a true jazz character –  A blind multi-instrumentalist, with the unique ability of circular-breathing that allowed him to play endless phrases without coming up for breath.  Politically outspoken with a penchant for theatrical eccentricity, Rahsaan would habitually… Continue Reading →

Tarantüla – The Very Best Of Sex And Violence

Tarantüla makes me want to break shit.

Anna & Elizabeth – The Invisible Comes To Us

A revitalizing look at a genre I thought tired since the alt-country rejuvenation of the early 2000’s.

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Live-Evil

A bit of a paradox here… Despite the title, not necessarily a “live” album, with half the tracks recorded directly in the Columbia studio, and the remaining tunes being spliced together from different performances, recorded December 1970 at DC’s The… Continue Reading →

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