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Douglas Ewart's "3 on 3 Music Is the Game"No stranger to eclectic sonic exploration, Kingston native and multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart has been building his own instruments and developing a singular approach to composition since pre-adolescence. At 53, he is nationally…
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Anthony Braxton's Ghost Trance Festival Braxton never thinks small. He realized long ago that if music ("jazz") is to retain its vitality and forward motion, it must be subjected to investigations of the ambitious kind. Arguably the most controversial character…
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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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The Essence of Jazz

"The DNA of jazz," declares Henry Threadgill, "is a conglomerate of everything." The internationally recognized composer/bandleader/multi-instrumentalist explains, "I knew when I first listened to Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, I could tell they were listening to a whole lot of different…
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