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December 2001    Books

New York Is Now!: The New Wave of Free Jazz
Phil Freeman

There is a certain truth to first-time author Phil Freeman’s titular assertion that New York is now. Riding only The New Wave of Free Jazz, however, Freeman doesn’t give us the full breadth of the jazz underground in New York. There’s a whole lot more music...


December 2001    Albums

Alan Silva and the Sound Visions Orchestra
Alan Silva and the Sound Visions Orchestra

Bassist-turned-keyboardist Alan Silva conducts the Sound Visions Orchestra, which is among the most raucous and chaotic orchestras in avant-garde jazz. The 22-piece band organized for this performance at the 1999 Vision Festival is practically all brass...


December 2001    Albums

Corridors and Parallels
David S. Ware Quartet

David S. Ware is one of the few leaders in jazz that doesn't mess with the formula. Throughout the 1990s, the only way to experience Ware (on record at least) was with the David S. Ware Quartet. He has changed drummers a few times and modified the sound...


November 2001    Hearsay

Alex Cline

Unlike his enormous drum kit, which looks as big as a small city and gets more populated every day, percussionist Alex Cline’s discography as a leader isn’t very large. “I’m not very prolific; let’s just leave it at that,” says Cline about why The Constant...


October 2001    Albums

It's Krunch Time
Roy Campbell Quartet

Coming on the heels of his finest album, Ethnic Stew and Brew (Delmark), trumpeter Roy Campbell has traded his sidemen for a completely new set for the novel It's Krunch Time, the latest installment in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. After exploring jazz links...


October 2001    Albums

Dreams and Secrets
Wadada Leo Smith/Thomas Mapfumo

Whenever two bands come together for a collaboration, usually one will dominate. On Dreams and Secrets the edge goes to Zimbabwean singer Thomas Mapfumo and his percussion-based Blacks Unlimited ensemble, but make no mistake: trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's...


July/August 2001    Hearsay

DJ Logic

DJ Logic has a simple ethos for collaboration: “Communication and working together—that’s how you build things.” He’s not talking about his music, however, but rather why the New York Knicks or Portland Trailblazers can’t seem to win the NBA championship...


June 2001    Albums

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet
Wadada Leo Smith

So-called supergroups that form for one-off albums are rarely super and seldom equal the sum of their parts. For trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's two latest albums, he was able to assemble a dream group without suffering from ego clash. Never have the under...


June 2001    Hearsay

Karl Denson

Tenor saxophonist Karl Denson’s universe keeps on expanding. With his Blue Note debut, Dance Lesson #2, Denson’s audience keeps growing as well. In the past few years, the frontman for the now-defunct acid-jazz pioneers Greyboy Allstars has become one of...

05/19/01    News

Marian McPartland to Receive American Eagle Award

Pianist and radio host Marian McPartland will receive the National Music Council’s American Eagle Award at a ceremony May 31 at New York’s Supper Club. Best known as the host of “Piano Jazz” on National Public Radio, McPartland also maintains a rigorous...

05/17/01    News

Amiri Baraka Honored in New York

Writer Amiri Baraka (pictured left) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters yesterday at a ceremony held in New York City. Baraka (a JazzTimes contributor) is part of a class of 14 new members that also includes writers John Irving, Garrison...

05/16/01    News

Alliance Forms to Raise Jazz Awareness

After taking a year to solidify its mission and membership, Jazz Alliance International (JAI) assembled its prestigious board of directors at the offices of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York earlier this month. JAI is a not-for-profit, charitable organization...

05/14/01    News

Bobby McFerrin Back With Blue Note

Bobby McFerrin has rejoined the Blue Note roster and will head back to the studio at the end of May to record his first acoustic jazz album in almost a decade. McFerrin has recruited a backing band for the project that includes pianist Chick Corea, drummer...

05/13/01    News

JJA Announces Award Nominees

The Jazz Journalists Association has nominated over 200 musicians, writers, photographers, broadcasters, and new media professionals for its fifth annual awards. The winners will be announced June 14 in a ceremony at Birdland in New York. Dave Brubeck, Lionel...

05/12/01    News

Gold Coast Supports Cancer Research With New CD

The Caribbean-influenced Los Angeles trio Gold Coast is donating a portion of the proceeds from its new CD to cancer research. The album, entitled Latitudes , was written and recorded by percussionist John Pickell, bassist John Ugarte, and guitarist Jonathan...

05/11/01    News

Higgins' Life to be Celebrated at Healdsburg Fest

The life of drummer Billy Higgins (pictured left) will be celebrated at this year’s Healdsburg Jazz Festival In Sonoma County, Calif. Higgins, who died on May 3, was originally scheduled to perform at the festival with both his trio and sextet. The Sextet...

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