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In 2006, jazz pianist Andrew Hill recounted to writer Ben Ratliff something Charlie Parker himself had once told the young pianist: "I look at melody as rhythm." Such was the metronymic outlook that informed Hill's career, some five decades' worth…
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Featuring an extraordinary double bill -- an all-star trio of veterans Sam Rivers (saxophone, pictured above) and Reggie Workman (bass) plus renowned young-blood Jason Moran (piano), along with the William Parker Quartet, one of New York's leading-edge groups of the…
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Sam Rivers holds a rare place in the hierarchy of contemporary jazz. Since the late 1950s, he has shared stages with legendary figures across the spectrum, from one-of-a-kind vocalist Billie Holiday and bebop pioneer Dizzy Gillespie to chameleonlike bandleader Miles…
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The Rova Saxophone Quartet has been performing for 22 years, ever since organizers of Oakland's now-defunct Free Jazz Festival asked Bruce Ackley to put together an ensemble to play there in 1977. Together, they developed a secret language of…
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Sam Rivers' Living Legend Tribute Jazz in Flight has dedicated the last two nights of its Eddie Moore Jazz Festival to Sam Rivers for being a living legend, whatever that means. For more than 30 years, his music has helped…
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