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Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote)

What’s in a name? The Black Art Jazz Collective welcomes the question. The bristling hard-bop swagger of this all-black sextet of bandleaders and first-call sidemen sends a message as palpable as the Langston Hughes quote (about the “duty of the younger negro artist”) that’s set beside Cheryl Pelt’s breakdown of jazz as a historical tool … Read More “Black Art Jazz Collective: Armor of Pride (HighNote)”

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Black Art Jazz Collective: Presented by the Side Door Jazz Club

In 2016, a jazz group that celebrates its African-American identity comes out of a context different from, say, 1966. Today’s dynamic is more evolutionary than revolutionary. Two tracks on this record are dedicated to a sitting African-American president. Yet many facts on the ground have not changed that much in 50 years. Movements like Black … Read More “Black Art Jazz Collective: Presented by the Side Door Jazz Club”

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