Posts Tagged: jazz

  • Art, Music

    Coltrane, “Lyrical” and The Art Of MCing

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    The notion of being lyrical is often misread in hip-hop by the connotations put on it by those who for the most part don’t like lyrics. In that context lyrical has some sort of direct relationship with the actual words, usually implying the excessive use of words.  “Spiritual, miracle, lyrical!” Outside of the hip-hop context… Read more »

  • Music, Tech, Words

    Theory, Language and Aesthetics

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    Last week I wrapped up my three part series on live electronic performance for SoundingOut with “Theory and Practice”.  The word practice in the title has an intentional double meaning.  The writing itself has the surface appearance of being primarily fascinated with the practicality of using the variable language exposed within the series to discuss… Read more »

  • Music

    Open Sound Controller Covers Bitches Brew Era Miles Davis

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    It’s been a long time since I shared new music. Way too long. And not for a lack of creating believe me.

  • Art, Music

    Live in NY: May Day at The Brecht Forum

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    I’ll be playing my first show since the crash of 2012, and in fact since before my youngest daughter was born, on May 1st at the Brecht Forum.  I’ll be playing alongside NY jazz legend Daniel Carter (reeds & trumpet), amukaT (ES-125 and pedals) and piLgrIm drEamS (traps) for an improvised jazz set under the… Read more »

  • Music, Visual, Words

    Origins of Battle Rap: Louis Armstrong vs Dizzy Gillespie

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    I’ve been meaning to rip this for a minute.  It comes from the centennial documentary done on Louis Armstrong.  A part of me feels like it’s a top of the dome freestyle, but can’t find any type of confirmation on that.  Regardless, it is a clear recorded example of one musician performing a song which directly takes… Read more »

  • Music, Words

    Bridging the Gap: Jojo Mayer

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    The quintessential New Yorker isn’t always from New York. And the quintessential jazzman does not always play jazz.  “I’m dealing with some allergies,” Jojo Mayer says after a brief coughing fit. “Smoking helps,” he adds before lighting up the first of many cigarettes during our conversation. Case and point. “I was born in Switzerland.  My… Read more »

  • Art

    “Come Clean” – An InterARTive Installation

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    After three years, today marks the official beginning of the Heads cycle, with the launch of The Come Clean InterARTive Installation.  I could go on and on about this particular installation, but honestly there’s enough reading material in it already. Some quick notes: – You can download the “Come Clean” single for free in the… Read more »

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    MT&V: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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    Rahsaan Roland Kirk was a bit of an enigma of the jazz scene.  In many ways he was the jazz equivalent to Ray Charles, and not just because he was blind, but because of the way he was able to fuse genres to create his own sound.  While usually thought of in a hard-bop context… Read more »