The Roots of the Blues: Randy Weston & Billy Harper

An Essay on Randy Weston and Billy Harper’s Roots of the Blues, a CD on Sunnyside Records.com

by Laurence Svirchev

To get an idea of the breadth and depth of Roots of the Blues, take a look at a map of Africa. Geographically, the compositions cover the rivers Nile . . . → Read More: The Roots of the Blues: Randy Weston & Billy Harper

“ZEP TEPI” Randy Weston and His African Rhythms Trio (2006): CD Review and Commentary:

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With Zep Tepi Randy Weston demonstrates why he continues to be one of the elite musicians of the international stage. He has seen every change in the jazz world from the end of the swing and big band era, right through the be-bop period and the periods of free . . . → Read More: “ZEP TEPI” Randy Weston and His African Rhythms Trio (2006): CD Review and Commentary:

CD Review: Dortmund Variations, Evan Parker & Georg Graewe

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Dortmund Variations is a recording of a 2010 improvised concert between Evan Parker and Georg Graewe in Dortmund, Germany. In three spontaneous compositions, simply titled Dortmund Variation 1, II, and III, Parker and Graewe’s music-making is a series of immaculately-conceived preternatural confluences. Their communication at a . . . → Read More: CD Review: Dortmund Variations, Evan Parker & Georg Graewe

Concert review: Benoît Delbecq-François Houle-Marc Ducret TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012

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Benoît Delbecq delivered his introduction to the trio gig with his usual charm, grace, and wit through his huge handsome smile by recounting his history of working with François Houle and Marc Ducret. But never before had they played as a trio. When he told the Iron Works audience it . . . → Read More: Concert review: Benoît Delbecq-François Houle-Marc Ducret TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012

The Curious Story of “Kojo no Tsuki” -or- Thelonious Monk & “Japanese Folk Song”

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We were sitting at the dinner table when the cell phone alert started playing “Japanese Folk Song” by Thelonious Sphere Monk. ChengYing laughed and said, “Why do you have that Japanese movie music on your mobile phone”? I could only answer, “Huh? Monk doing movie music? It’s just a . . . → Read More: The Curious Story of “Kojo no Tsuki” -or- Thelonious Monk & “Japanese Folk Song”

Profile of Claude Ranger

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Note: “Feu Vert -A Tribute to ClaudeRanger” will be held on November 16 & 17 2012 at the Ironworks, 235 Alexander St, Vancouver BC. See the poster at the end of this article, first published in 1991, revised 2012 with photos from the Misterioso archives.

The cigarette dangles at a . . . → Read More: Profile of Claude Ranger

Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: Sketches of India

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Sketches of India is a musical travelogue that shimmers with mosaical scenes of intense beauty, contemplative emotion, and spectral landscapes. Dørge’s approach to this CD is to integrate and differentiate the forms of Indian music with the jazz forms he is intimate with. Having traveled for decades to all the human-occupied . . . → Read More: Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: Sketches of India

Benoît Delbecq and François Houle: Because She Hoped

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Because She Hoped is the third duo recording by Benoît Delbecq and François Houle. The series, each on the Songlines label, began in 1997 with Nancali and continued with Dice Thrown in 2002. Complimentary recordings exist with Evan Parker on Parker’s Psi label and the Delbecq 5 (Songlines). Their association . . . → Read More: Benoît Delbecq and François Houle: Because She Hoped

INTERVIEW with John Butcher – Sculpting with Air: a Pandora’s Box of Possibilities Part Two: Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 2007

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In 2007, I had two conversations with John Butcher, the improvising saxophonist. The first discussion was during the annual February Time Flies, and the second was during the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Part One covers biographical aspects of his work and his choices in collaborators. Part . . . → Read More: INTERVIEW with John Butcher – Sculpting with Air: a Pandora’s Box of Possibilities Part Two: Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 2007

INTERVIEW with John Butcher – Complexity That Reaches Beyond the Possibilities Of the Imagination Part One: Time Flies, Vancouver, February 2007

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©Laurence Svirchev

In 2007, I had two conversations with John Butcher, the improvising saxophonist. The first discussion was during the annual February Time Flies, and the second was during the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Part One covers biographical aspects of his work and his choices in collaborators. Part . . . → Read More: INTERVIEW with John Butcher – Complexity That Reaches Beyond the Possibilities Of the Imagination Part One: Time Flies, Vancouver, February 2007