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Music, All Shook Down Go See Shirley Clarke's Groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Documentary at the Roxie

Go See Shirley Clarke's Groundbreaking Ornette Coleman Documentary at the Roxie

Shirley Clarke was a trailblazing, staunchly independent filmmaker who fused documentary methods and subject matter with fictional storytelling techniques. Her films often dealt with urban living, jazz music, and American artists. Her 1963 feature, Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel…
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Film, "Ornette: Made in America": Portraits in Space, Time, Performance, and Jazz

"Ornette: Made in America": Portraits in Space, Time, Performance, and Jazz

The invaluable American independent filmmaker Shirley Clarke (1919-97) once said: "There is no real difference between a traditional fiction film and a documentary. I've never made a documentary. There is no such trip." Her genre-blurring claim applies to all her…
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Music, All Shook Down SFJAZZ Center: Five Things We Learned on a Tour of the Construction Site

SFJAZZ Center: Five Things We Learned on a Tour of the Construction Site

In case you haven't heard, SFJAZZ -- the nonprofit group that presents a world-class jazz festival in San Francisco every year -- is building a brand-new home in Hayes Valley. Comparable only to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York,…
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Music, All Shook Down Dear Parents, Please Do Not Turn Your Children Into the Shaggs

Dear Parents, Please Do Not Turn Your Children Into the Shaggs

The opening torrent of notes in Ornette Coleman's "Kaleidoscope" reminds me of the ubiquitous television closet gag. You know, when some unsuspecting soul opens a closet door and is buried under an avalanche of junk (executed rather brilliantly in this…
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Calendar, Night&Day Angel-Headed

Angel-Headed

The local Ornette Coleman–inspired free jazz scene is full of young, sharp-dressed musicians who in their nonjazz moments play on records by Jolie Holland, Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, and Sean Hayes. At the Mercury Falls and Dave Mihaly show, some…
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Music, All Shook Down SFJAZZ Announces Fall Season

SFJAZZ Announces Fall Season

SFJAZZ has announced its 27th season, which kicks off October 10 with a Thelonious Monk birthday party and ends November 21 with a "Double-Barreled Blues Bash" featuring Keb' Mo and Solomon Burke. Highlights include October 22's show, "Afro-Cuban Keystones,"…
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Music, Reviewed Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton

Saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton's reputation as one of jazz's most intellectually rigorous avant-gardists was well established by 1974, but Arista signed him anyway. He recorded nine albums for the label; two more titles, licensed from the Freedom imprint at the time,…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Smooth

So Smooth

Pat Metheny is a complex figure in contemporary jazz. Throughout his extensive recording and touring career of more than three decades, the guitarist has explored a stylistic range as compelling as it is confounding. He seems to pretty much play…
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Music, Shape-Shifter

Shape-Shifter

Almost 50 years ago, Ornette Coleman recorded his major-label debut, The Shape of Jazz to Come, which came on the heels of two fine, though relatively obscure, independent releases. The saxophonist's brazen proclamation — and unique music — put the…
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Music, Reviewed OOIOO

OOIOO

Anyone familiar with Yoshimi P-we's schizophonic work in Japanese avant-rock pioneers UFO Or Die and Boredoms was probably surprised at the circular, sometimes pastoral prog-psych minimalism of OOIOO. A decade after P-we's other group started, it continues to confound expectations…
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Music, Hear This Highly evolved goth rockers Current 93; OG sax addict Ornette Coleman

Highly evolved goth rockers Current 93; OG sax addict Ornette Coleman

Industrial-goth legends Current 93 are playing just two gigs in the United States this year, and both of them are going down right here. However, if you are considering attending, please do not dust off your lacy black robes and…
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Music, The Insiders Take It Out

The Insiders Take It Out

Joshua Redman's five-year stint as artistic director for SFJAZZ's spring season has turned out to be a sweet gig. Not only does the celebrated saxophonist now have the clout to book an unprecedented number of jazz's top new-school innovators on…
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Calendar, Performance Patriot Games

Patriot Games

Charlie Haden salutes the flag in songSAT 4/12 If Charlie Haden's résumé listed only his stint as bassist for Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking free-jazz quartet, his place in music history would already be guaranteed. But the rock-solid timekeeper has also held…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

More than 40 years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman shook up the jazz world with a bold new improv method he called harmolodics. Essentially, his concept erased the bounds of a composition's melodic trajectory by substituting in-the-moment fluidity for the usual…
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Music, Re-Illuminated

Re-Illuminated

It's a Thursday afternoon in Potrero Hill, and Sonny Simmons is perturbed. He's having a hard time getting his bassist, Herbie Lewis, to play the proper changes in his "Aborigine Dance in Scotland." "You start with F in the first…
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Calendar, Night&Day If It Ain't Stiff

If It Ain't Stiff

They've performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City with Ornette Coleman and Laurie Anderson, been censored in most of the 50 states, and been denied entry to Canada on at least one occasion. They're the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus,…
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Hear This

Pat Metheny Pat Metheny is so annoying. With an ear for modern harmony and a talent for catchy melodic improv second only to maybe Bill Frisell's, he's one of the slickest guitarists in contemporary jazz. But the two dozen albums…
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Deuces Wild!

If so-called avant-garde jazz doesn't shake listeners with new, unfamiliar structures, it's not doing its job. Contemporary improv can overwhelm novice listeners, especially when it features multiple musicians simultaneously playing multiple leads. These players consciously dodge the well-worn verse-chorus-verse trap.…
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Hear This

Bobby Bradford Even though L.A. trumpeter Bobby Bradford swings with his own brand of lyrical fire, his connection to Ornette Coleman cannot be overstated. In fact, along with Don Cherry, Bradford was one of Coleman's top brass sidekicks of choice…
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Dub Warriors

At the millennium, if musical scholars convene to discuss the past hundred years, they'll be faced with the most turbulent and ebullient period in history. From Stravinsky's rhythmical advances in "The Rites of Spring" to jazz drummer Art Blakey's polyrhythmic…
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