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CD Review: the Liberation Music Collective…propel the momentum of jazz toward a sense of spiritual awareness and social responsibility that the world needs

The Liberation Music CollectiveArtist: The Liberation Music Collective
Title: Siglo XXI
Label: Ad Astrum Records
Genre: jazz

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

The idea of jazz as a catalyst for social change is not new. Throughout its history, jazz musicians have sought to use the art form to articulate societal ills, and present solutions (which almost always focus on spiritual realms, although a few use it as a platform for a political agenda, such as socialism). The most fascinating aspect of this is that, unlike other music genres, folk, rap, etc., many such “jazz activists” have sought to do this through instrumental music. This is unique to jazz. However, those who do this have become rare in recent years.

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CD Review: Swiss trio Kaos Protokoll play chaotic jazz? No…a fun but serious band to listen!

Kaos PrtokollArtist: Kaos Protokoll
Title: Questclamationmarks
Label: Prolong Rec
Genre: nu jazz

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

Kaos Protokoll is a Switzerland based electronica Jazz ensemble whose work has raised a few eyebrows in the past. Comprised of Benedikt Wieland (e-bass, effects), Flo Reichle (drums/electronics), Marc Stucki (saxophone, melodica, and effects) Kaos Protokoll’s new CD, Questclamationmarks is a departure from their first release Quick & Dirty. Whereas Quick & Dirty was straight forward in its punk ethic, Questclamationmarks takes the listener into their more refined and multifaceted potential.

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EP Recommendation: Elikeh’s “Kondona”…a musical resurrection

Elikeh Kondona EPArtist: Elikeh
Title: Kondona
Label: Ropeadope Records
Genre: Afropop

New Life in an Old Ceremony: Elikeh Experiences Its Kondona

Music can change everything. As the poet wrote, it has charms to soothe the savage breast. And it can also bring a band back from the dead, giving it a new spark of energy and creativity. For Washington, DC-based Afropop band Elikeh, the results of that musical resurrection are proudly displayed on the EP Kondona (released November 20, 2015).

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CD Recommendation: Shujaat Husain Khan and Katayoun Goudarzi Display the Ruby’s Perfection

rubyArtist: Shujaat Husain Khan & Katayoun Goudarzi
Title: Ruby
Label:  Shujaat Husain Khan
Genre:  Indian Classical/Persian poetry

As natural as breathing or walking. That’s the musical marriage between Iranian-born vocalist Katayoun Goudarzi and Grammy-nominated sitar player Shujaat Husain Khan. And it’s also a perfect description of the affinity they both have for the work of the great Persian poet, Rumi. Just how natural is evident on Ruby (released November 6, 2015), the pair’s fifth exploration of the deep beauty of Rumi’s words.

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CD Review: The Ochion Jewell Quartet’s CD “Volk” is a brilliantly execution of untapped possibilities hidden within traditional music

jewell_volk_coverArtist: Ochion Jewell Quartet
Title: Volk
Label: self-produced
Genre: minimal jazz/contemporary music

CD Review by Dawoud Kringle

I was unfamiliar with Ochion Jewell when I was first asked to review Volk. I did a little digging on his website and elsewhere. I found a quote he put on his bio page that spoke volumes: ““Growing up in Appalachian Kentucky without any music venues led to a strong connection to the inherent music of nature. No matter where I go, I can still feel the honesty of that place as the foundation of my art and who I am.” Jewell’s training and experience, first in classical music, then in jazz and improvised music, not to mention his work as a sideman with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Chaka Khan, Gregory Hines, Kid Rock, Meatloaf, George Strait, Crystal Gayle, and Michael McDonald, were instrumental in forming a unique musical personality.

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