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Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Hazzan (Enja/Yellowbird)

The world’s religions have long provided jazz musicians with melodies to explore, and while Judaism has never been as pervasive an influence as Christian gospel music, it has nonetheless turned up in jazz over the years. The Guadeloupe-born tenor and alto saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart dives into that canon for his latest—the title, Hazzan, is synonymous … Read More “Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Hazzan (Enja/Yellowbird)”

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haiti

Jacques Schwarz-Bart’s conflation of jazz with the voodoo music of Haiti is executed so seamlessly here that the background info he provides is somewhat superfluous, but here goes: Schwarz-Bart’s mother was from Guadeloupe, her son absorbed the keening, spiritual chants associated with voodoo while growing up, and he’s since found similar melodic properties between the … Read More “Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Jazz Racine Haiti”

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart: The Art of Dreaming

It isn’t essential-but it doesn’t hurt-to know that The Art of Dreaming is French tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart’s counterpart to Carlos Castaneda’s same-titled book. Part of the late Peruvian author’s Don Juan Matus series, the book postulates that by maintaining awareness during the dream state, the dreamer might visit other realms of consciousness. Schwarz-Bart, in … Read More “Jacques Schwarz-Bart: The Art of Dreaming”

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