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Live Review: Red Bull Music Presents Round Robin in Chicago

Apparently, it was a total coincidence that Red Bull Music scheduled its Chicago “round robin” improvisation during the Chicago Jazz Festival. Perhaps also by coincidence, none of the 16 musicians participating at Thalia Hall on Aug. 30 were headliners at the festival in Millennium Park—although each of them, capped by the legendary saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, … Read More “Live Review: Red Bull Music Presents Round Robin in Chicago”

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Roscoe Mitchell & Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra: Ride the Wind (Nessa)

The backstory: In 2013 Roscoe Mitchell recorded Conversations, a trio album in two volumes, with pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Kikanju Baku. Next, Mitchell and his former students Christopher Luna-Mega and Daniel Steffey transcribed and orchestrated that album’s free improvisations for a 19-piece ensemble. The band contained players from Montreal and Toronto, chosen for their … Read More “Roscoe Mitchell & Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra: Ride the Wind (Nessa)”

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Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (ECM)

Recorded in 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of a celebration of the AACM’s 50th anniversary, this double album basks in powerful memories. Where would modern music be had not Mitchell and his partners in the Art Ensemble of Chicago—now also a half-century old—introduced “little instruments” like the bells on Bells for … Read More “Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (ECM)”

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