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Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Pioneering soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and thinking man’s pianist Jean-Michel Pilc need no words or paper to guide them in an open-minded tête-à-tête. Their simpatico relationship and respective skills simply take them wherever they need to go. For this program, these two old friends settled into a Brooklyn studio, had the engineer give the green … Read More “Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

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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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Sam Newsome: The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1

The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 isn’t Sam Newsome’s first solo soprano saxophone recording, but it may be the most provocative and most complete of a trio of albums including 2009’s Blue Soliloquy and 2007’s Monk Abstractions. Newsome takes an organic, whole-horn approach, using every part of his soprano to create a surprising range … Read More “Sam Newsome: The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1”

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