Saturday, November 03, 2007

Bill Shoemaker has another issue of his excellent web magazine Point of Departure available, featuring among articles and reviews a column from British jazz critic Brian Morton: "Jazz and improvisation enjoin on us all, as listeners or players, a long devotion and an austerity of craft that makes considerable sense of (T.S.) Eliot’s other example, religious revelation. If the epiphanies on offer have a very different complexion, the roads taken are not so very different."

Ross Lawson has another interesting Illsounds podcast, this time focusing on the avant-garde: "Interplanetary Travellers: Fierce and fiery avant garde jazz from the late 60 featuring Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams, Marion Brown, Sonny Simmons, Charles Tyler, Frank Wright and Maurice McIntyre."

On a sadder note, Donald Ayler, the trumpet playing brother of the famous saxophonist AlbertAyler has passed away: "Don Ayler suffered a sudden heart attack on Sunday October 21st, and passed away very quickly at the home he had been in, in Northfield Ohio."

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