Wadada At Work ( part 1)

All About Jazz review of the 2010 reissue: “Certainly, composition in jazz has gone well beyond head arrangements that bracket solos and group playing—sometimes approaching areas that sound so open as to seem free-form. Multi-instrumentalist, trumpeter and composer Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith is one of a number of figures in this music whose work hasContinue reading “Wadada At Work ( part 1)”

Zulu Space Oddities: From Sun Ra to Lupe Fiasco

“Love and Light Interested me so That I dared to knock at the door of the cosmos” – SUN RA Arkestra There is music and there are artists that dare to throw caution to the wind, yet like a masterly boomerang wielder, ensure that whatever they throw windward returns exactly where they are. These artistsContinue reading “Zulu Space Oddities: From Sun Ra to Lupe Fiasco”

because perfection exists

Lyric by Kurt Elling incorporating “Winter Stars” by Sara Teasdale (Flame and Shadow, 1920) Afloat and all at sea / the stars align in threes They’re so fine and free / in blue and in green Like leaves on endless trees Come climb the sky with me / come hear and come to see MelodyContinue reading “because perfection exists”

Black Science and Black Science Fiction

“he warped time and space to deliver a message to eternity.” – Early Samuel R. Delaney Delaney won the Nebula prize his science fiction novella Babel 17 in 1966, and won the Nebula and the Hugo Award for his 1968 novella titled, Time Considered as a Helix of Semi Precious Stones, and his monumental novelContinue reading “Black Science and Black Science Fiction”

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