Vigorous music undulates as poet Camae Aweya, also known as Moor Mother, declares “stay on it” with the power of a magnitude nine earthquake. “The Code Noir / Amina” is a formidable opening for five-member jazz ensemble Irreversible Entanglement’s defiant second album, Who Sent You? The group, formed in 2015 at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event, layers striking poetry over unrestrained jazz, creating music … Continue reading Album Review: Irreversible Entanglements, Who Sent You?
Lost In, modern jazz ensemble SWART.’s 2018 debut album, is a collection of stories, both musical and personal. It showcases a wide sonic range, moving through big band-style jazz jams, introspective explorations, and wild, nearly pure-sound improvisations. Continue reading Album Review: SWART., Lost In
Wadada Leo Smith walked out onto the fluorescent-lit stage with a stack of papers. He began to play the trumpet, muted, eyes closed. The melodies came in spurts – one burst of hyperactivity, pause, another. It was as if the phrase ideas were sporadically flying into his head. There are an infinite number of sounds and pitches the trumpet alone can make – and Smith … Continue reading The Art of Experimentation: Wadada Leo Smith at The Stone