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Ornette Coleman


Early on in his career, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded an album entitled, The Shape of Jazz To Come. It might have seemed like an expression of youthful arrogance - Coleman was 29 at the time - but actually, the title was prophetic. Coleman is the creator of a concept of music called "harmolodic," a musical form which is equally applicable as a life philosophy. The richness of harmolodics derives from the unique interaction between the players. Breaking out of the prison bars of rigid meters and conventional harmonic or structural expectations, harmolodic musicians improvise equally together in what Coleman calls compositional improvisation, while always keeping deeply in tune with the flow, direction and needs of their fellow players. In this process, harmony becomes melody becomes harmony. Ornette describes it as "Removing the caste system from sound." On a broader level, harmolodics equates with the freedom to be as you please, as long as you listen to others and work with them to develop your own individual harmony.


Article: Album Review

Wasteland Jazz Ensemble: S/T

Read "S/T" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Some releases should come with a warning label. We are not talking about Tipper Gore (remember her?) Parents' Music Resource Center (PMRC) stickers warning of the dangers of ”Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society" of the late 1980s. No, the alert that should be attached to S/T by the Wasteland Jazz Ensemble might read something ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

More Jazz From 2022

Read "More Jazz From 2022" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The year 2022 produced a bumper crop of worthwhile jazz recordings, so many it was impossible to give all of them their due in a timely fashion. Here are belated appreciations of six titles that deserve praise. Doug Wamble Blues In The Present Tense Halcyonic Records 2022 ...


Article: Album Review

Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison: Jazz Is Dead 16

Read "Jazz Is Dead 16" reviewed by Chris May

There is much to love about Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Jazz Is Dead label and an equal amount to hate. The production duo's declared mission is “to foreground legends from the past" and “to highlight their contributions" to popular music in general and jazz in particular. Admirable. Spread the love. Trouble is, the results ...


Article: Catching Up With

Andrew Neil Hayes: Tenor Badness

Read "Andrew Neil Hayes: Tenor Badness" reviewed by Chris May

Something big and wild and loud was stirring on the alternative British jazz scene around 2015, 2016. In London, high-voltage tenor sax and drums duo Binker and Moses made their debut album, as did jazz-rock power trio The Comet Is Coming. Meanwhile, in the west of the country, in the port city of Bristol, tenor saxophonist ...


Article: Album Review

Kenji Lee's Fortune Teller Trio: Kyūdō

Read "Kyūdō" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Detroit-based tenor saxophonist Kenji Lee brings a heady concept to his latest release, Kyūdō. Drawing inspiration from the practice of Japanese archery, Lee sees his music as a pathway to spiritual growth, a process in which technical mastery and an abiding aesthetic sensibility are conjoined. Harnessing the sympathetic partnership of his colleagues, bassist Andy Peck and ...


New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Garden Of Souls; Toy Dance; We Now Interrupt For A Commercial; Broad Way Blues; Round Trip; Airborne; Love Call; Open To The Public; Check Out Time.


Genesis of Genius: The Contemporary Albums

Label: Contemporary Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: LP1 Something Else!!!!: Invisible; The Blessing; Jayne; Chippie; The Disguise; Angel Voice; Alpha; When Will The Blues Leave?; The Sphinx.

LP2 Tomorrow Is the Question!: Tomorrow Is The Question!; Tears Inside; Mind And Time; Compassion; Giggin'; Rejoicing; Lorraine; Turnaround; Endless.


Article: Album Review

Dmitry Baevsky: Kids' Time

Read "Kids' Time" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Dmitry Baevsky is a jazzman in his middle years, a period when many players consolidate youthful influences and put their stamp on the rarefied practices of the mid- to-late 20th century. The alto saxophonist has recorded for several labels, and travels widely as a leader and sideman; to his credit, he continues to give the impression ...

Article: Book Review

Pepito - Il Principe del Jazz di Marco Molendini

Read "Pepito - Il Principe del Jazz  di Marco Molendini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pepito—Il Principe del Jazz Marco Molendini 223 pagine ISBN: # 978-88-3389-371-6 Minimum Fax 2022 «Una notte Walter Chiari me incrocia, me vede pallido come un cadavere e me fa: “Principe, vai a dormire e rimboccati la lapide." Se so' messi tutti a ride». Il principe in ...


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