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Music, Reviewed Art Ensemble of Chicago

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Four years ago, the jazz world mourned the sudden loss of Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie, one of the genre's great innovators and a consummate showman whose infectious sense of humor made him, in the words of bassist…
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Music, Reviewed Brigitte Fontaine & Areski

Brigitte Fontaine & Areski

In the last 10 years or so, folk music, in all its glorious manifestations, has been steadily reinfecting underground music. What better time, then, for the Italian label Get Back to reissue Brigitte Fontaine & Areski's avant-folk masterpiece from 1974,…
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Music, Hear This

Hear This

As the band's name implies, Equal Interest works from the premise that each player must contribute in equal proportion to the others if the group's music is to transcend the sum of its parts and stand on its own. Further,…
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Hear This

Roscoe Mitchell Best known for his pioneering sound-and-space explorations over the past three decades with Art Ensemble of Chicago, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, at 57, performs with the power and passion of someone half his age. He also brings to his…
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Unhealthy for the Unwealthy I applaud Lisa Davis' cover story on nursing homes ("Trickledown Health Care," Sept. 11). She put her finger on the fundamental cause of inadequate care: low staffing levels. I am a nursing home ombudsman. I am…
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What Wynton Doesn't Hear

In a recent Utne Reader article, grandly titled "The Music of Democracy," neo-conservative Wynton Marsalis blows off the last three decades in the evolution of jazz. He implies that all new-music developments in the years since Coltrane have been driven…
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