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Calendar, Night&Day Sax and Dancing

Sax and Dancing

Leaving behind the staid tropes and easy grace that have been fodder for traditional ballet companies for decades, choreographer Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet creates pieces that resound with a nearly spiritual tenor. King and ensemble delve into global themes, collaborating…
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Calendar, Night&Day King Taps Zakir

King Taps Zakir

Alonzo King's LINES Ballet has taken a circuitous, strange, yet ultimately inevitable road toward greatness. King, an innovator of modern dance, whose pet projects include collaborations with jazz legend Pharoah Sanders and obscure African tribes, has never been content to…
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Music, Tenor Sax Player Pharoah Sanders Lives Large at SF Jazz Fest

Tenor Sax Player Pharoah Sanders Lives Large at SF Jazz Fest

"Trane was the father, Pharoah was the son, I was the Holy Ghost," tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler said in the mid-'60s. He was speaking of the free-jazz sax hierarchy headed by John Coltrane and followed by himself and Arkansas-born Pharoah…
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Music, Hear This Diamonds in the rock; Ice Cube reigns supreme

Diamonds in the rock; Ice Cube reigns supreme

Flash pots? Diamond Nights don't need no stinkin' flash pots. Why waste time on cheap pyrotechnics when your band can dazzle with the just basics: songwriting and showmanship. On their 2005 debut, Popsicle, this New York City quartet dropped smart,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Sharing of Pharoah

The Sharing of Pharoah

"Pharoah is a man of large spiritual reservoir," John Coltrane once said. "He's trying to allow his spiritual self to be his guide ... dealing, among other things, in energy, in integrity, in essences." Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who joined the…
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Music, Reviewed Alice Coltrane

Alice Coltrane

When Alice Coltrane joined her husband's band in 1966, John Coltrane was already considered a pioneer, well-known for exploring pathways of artistic expression, improvisation, and higher meaning. But this new lineup -- featuring thunderous bassist Jimmy Garrison, brilliant saxophone player…
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Music, Otaku

Otaku

After a short, ambient opening track, Otaku's debut album moves quickly into "Barbarian Whores," a trip hop cut that sounds like it's Straight Outta Bristol. Before you panic, rest assured that this local duo is not another rip-off of English…
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Hear This

North Beach Jazz Festival Since the deaths of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler in the late 1960s, it's difficult to say who's been the most important tenor saxophone player of the free jazz movement. But perhaps no one's been more…
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Plane Talk

Although he has never stepped foot on Indian soil, Pharoah Sanders says that he's always felt the country in his blood. "I have these dreams of me playing in some kind of musical event in India where people play spiritual…
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