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December 16, 1994 | BILL KOHLHAASE
"Stolen Moments" is the hip-hop generation's "Fathers and Sons," as a variety of rap and pop stars jam with the jazz players whose music they've absorbed. Of the two CDs, the first is tipped decidedly in the pop direction, the second, with Branford Marsalis' tribute to John Coltrane and vintage recordings of Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane, looks the other way. The best numbers jump out from the mundane few. M.C.
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April 10, 2002 | RICHARD HARRINGTON, WASHINGTON POST
"Now, I am in the best moment of life," says tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri from his home in New York as his 4-year-old son, Christian, scampers noisily in the background. It's not just the pleasure of being a father at 67 but the survival it symbolizes that bolsters Barbieri's spirits. In 1995, such a prospect seemed unthinkable for the Argentina-born jazzman.
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August 17, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rashied Ali, a free-jazz drummer who backed John Coltrane and accompanied him in a ground-breaking duet album in the final months of the jazz master's life, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 76. His wife, Patricia Ali, said he died at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital of a blood clot in his lung. Ali joined Coltrane's group in the mid-1960s during the saxophonist's period of avant-garde jazz experimentation. When Coltrane decided to use two drummers in a concert at the Village Gate in November 1965, he chose Ali to back up drummer Elvin Jones.
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March 11, 1994 | LEONARD FEATHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
What if they gave an all-star jazz party and no trumpeters came? More than any other instrument, the horn would be conspicuous by its absence. From the beginning of time--jazz time, that is--the trumpet or cornet has been central to the music. Trumpeters functioned as actual or de facto leaders of the most influential groups. Legend tells us the first jazz soloist was Buddy Bolden, 1877-1931, a New Orleans cornetist whose band played the honky-tonks of Storyville a century ago.
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September 6, 1996 | DON HECKMAN
Most American jazz musicians in the '90s have focused strongly upon restoring the mainstream styles of the '50s and '60s. Ironically, at the same time, many jazz players from other parts of the world have moved away from the mainstream, taking the music into intriguing areas of exploration and discovery. Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, who appeared with his quartet at LunaPark Wednesday night, has never been quite like any other drummer.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
The promised reunion of the original Ornette Coleman Quartet at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday night turned out to be one headliner short. Trumpeter Don Cherry, described as ill after dental work, failed to show for the Los Angeles Festival event. His absence put only a slight damper on an otherwise fascinating musical event. The Coleman Quartet--with Billy Higgins on drums and Charlie Haden on bass--was a catalytic factor in the many changes taking place in jazz in the late '50s and early '60s.
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April 4, 1989 | DON HECKMAN
Let's start with the name. The group DO'AH, according to co-leader and guitarist Randy Armstrong, is a Persian word signifying a call to prayer. A bit esoteric, perhaps, for a pop or jazz group, but, as its Sunday-night opening set at At My Place made amply clear, New Hampshire-based New Age group DO'AH has lofty aspirations--most notably to blend jazz and pop with what might loosely (if somewhat inaccurately) be described as "world music."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
Was it a case of the emperor's new clothes or a brief look inside the essence of the creative process? Don Cherry's solo performance at McCabe's Friday night appeared to promote the latter. But there were many moments when one expected an unconvinced observer to stand up and shout, "Nothing's happening here!" Best known, perhaps, for his role in the '60s as Ornette Coleman's pocket trumpet-playing sidekick, Cherry has traveled an iconoclastic path in the intervening years.
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October 2, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Percussionist Adam Rudolph has been one of the improvisational world's more adventurous players. He has, for example, worked for many years in tandem with veteran saxophone/woodwind artist Yusef Lateef in a continuing exploration of the cross-cultural linkages between jazz and a variety of world musics.
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November 6, 2000 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
.R Carlos Nakai is to Native American flute music what James Galway has been to Irish music and to the classical flute. That is, the performer who has crossed over from a relative niche market into the wider public consciousness. Nakai, in addition, has done an extremely effective job of bringing his take on Native American--or indigenous--music into the mainstream.
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