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Popovic Offers Star-Studded 3-CD Set
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Miller, Bunnett, Carrington Bring Flair to Mary Lou Williams Festival
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Jazz Is a Rainbow Delivers Musical Messages About Diversity
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John Medeski (left), Julian Lage, G. Calvin Weston, Craig Taborn, Gyan Riley and David Fiuczynski onstage at the FIMAV Festival in Victoriaville, Canada, on May 21. (Photo: Martin Morissette)

Zorn Recruits Star Collaborators for Eclectic FIMAV Showcase

Trying to keep tabs on the uniquely prolific and ever-morphing force of culture that is John Zorn can be difficult. This is especially true in the live context, and even ha …  
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REVIEWS EDITORS’ PICKS     May 2016


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Phil Is Now: Out Of The Woods
Published 1/23/1957

Phillip Wells Woods is a lean 25, with the appearance of an Alan Ladd, and an alto that talks more like a cross between Bogart and Gérard Philipe. Woods, who won a 1955 DownBeat Jazz Critics Poll New Star award, recently left Dizzy Gillespie’s …  
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Muddy Waters: Last King of the South Side?
Published 10/8/1964

In the 1920s it was Pinetop Smith and visitors to Chicago, such as Blind Lemon Jefferson; in the ’30s, it was Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy and Washboard Sam; in the ’40s, Big Bill and Sonny Boy Williamson. But for the last 15 years or so, the undisput …  
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Ornette Coleman: From The Heart.
Published 4/8/1965

Such a state of affairs drives some artists to anarchy.

“I hear about people trying to destroy art,” Coleman stated, “trying to destroy the melody line, trying to destroy anything that might make them become a machine. Yet I …  
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Ornette Coleman: From The Heart.
Published 4/8/1965

But how does this relate to the music of a compose-player-performer in which improvisation plays such a basic role?

“If I could learn to create instant composition without having to worry about when I’m going to play each of them when I p …  
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