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Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation

What began as a casual introduction at a rehearsal for a Grateful Dead tribute orchestra has blossomed into a fine pop-jazz partnership, and it only took two decades. The band was Joe Gallant’s Illuminati and, throughout their shared three-year stint in the mid-’90s, vocalist Jenna Mammina and guitarist Rolf Sturm worked on plans to tour … Read More “Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation”

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Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation

On soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome’s The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation, the second entry in his The Art of the Soprano series, one hears, in addition to the leader’s ax, the sounds of mbira, synthesizer, flute and clarinet. But that’s all that’s present: the sounds of those instruments. By way of extended … Read More “Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation”

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