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Veteran saxophonist John Tchicai is an excellent example of the old tenet that most improvisers only sound as good as the company they keep. In the early '60s, the Copenhagen-born Tchicai moved to NYC, where he established himself as a…
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Roswell Rudd Grounded in the raucous Dixieland jams of the earliest jazz, the rowdiest "avant-garde" blowouts of the '60s, and various folk traditions from all over the planet, Roswell Rudd tilts toward a universal music concept. While living in New…
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Rent Romus' Lords of Outland Saxophonist/composer Rent Romus is committed to exploring new paths for improvisation. Last year, he introduced his original Lords of Outland concept on You'll Never Be the Same -- a boisterous (though not unfamiliar) set of…
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Wadada Leo Smith Five months ago, veteran trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith hit the Bay Area to team up with fledgling bassist Damon Smith. Waves of envy rippled through the local jazz scene -- the 24-year-old bassist was less than half…
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