Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has spent the better part of 30 years forging connections among jazz, Persian artistic concepts, and free music. This has resulted in a clutch of albums that […]
When the Art Ensemble of Chicago reinvented itself as an orchestra for its 50th-anniversary recording, last year’s We Are on the Edge, the idea didn’t come out of thin air. […]
In 1987, free-jazz originator Ornette Coleman named an album In All Languages; fellow alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, who began his career around 15 years later, seems to have taken that […]
Last month at the Winter Jazzfest in New York I saw keyboardist Craig Taborn share his deep love of heavy metal as a member of drummer Dan Weiss’s new Starebaby […]
AACM elder and Art Ensemble of Chicago founder Roscoe Mitchell honors a record label that helped his innovations reach the world.
Almost four decades after her tenure in New York no-wave band DNA, Ikue Mori brings her still-evolving music to Chicago for two rare appearances.
Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, and Tyshawn Sorey find common purpose interpreting compositions from John Zorn’s library of Masada material.
The current Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now,” in part explores the history and legacy of Chicago’s massively influential Association […]
The 50th anniversary of Chicago’s AACM gets the spotlight
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On his new album The Sirens, Chris Potter finds everything locking into place.
Veteran bassist Michael Formanek is operating at full speed again
Reader writers and friends tackle the year in music from five different directions
Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things plays the final concert in the yearlong tenth-anniversary celebration of the Sunday Transmission series at the Hungry Brain.