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Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music: "What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages." Allmusic.com Chad has a BFA from the New School in Jazz Performance and a MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University.

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling

Read "A Different Drummer, Pt. 7: Rudy Royston’s Higher Calling" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


A look at Rudy Royston's resume tells you that the drummer should be more recognized. Royston has racked up credits with Nate Wooley, Jon Irabagon, Tom Harrell, Aruán Ortiz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ron Miles, Noah Preminger, Ben Allison, Tim Ries, Alex Sipiagin, Linda May Han Oh, Bruce Barth, Don Byron, ...

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Article: Six Picks

2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems

Read "2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Giovanni Guidi Ojos De Gato CAM Jazz 2021 In a year where saxophone roots-revivalist James Brandon Lewis made headlines everywhere --topping multiple year end lists for his collaboration with the Red Lily quartet on Jesup Wagon (among numerous placements in jazz publications around the globe for that album and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Solos & Duets: Dave Rimpus, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Mingus and more

Read "Solos & Duets: Dave Rimpus, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson, Mingus and more" reviewed by David Brown


In a duo performance, musicians become instrumental equals. The interchange of ideas and flow of music is like a conversation. And for the artist who performs solo, there is no place to hide. Today, we present a smorgasbord of solo and duo performances from Coleman Hawkins to Colin Stetson, Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson to Duke ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tony Malaby, Tania Gill & The Gathering

Read "Tony Malaby, Tania Gill & The Gathering" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


I decided to lay out for most of this last episode of 2021 and just let the music roll. There are a couple of new releases in the mix, one from Tony Malaby and a somewhat revamped Sabino and Toronto pianist Tania Gill's Disappearing Curiosities. Definitely check out the great singer, Dwight Trible, and his rendition ...

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Afrika Love

Label: Artists Recording Collective
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Fountain; Dark Blue Residue; Afrika Love; The Cadillac of Mountains; Kesii.

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Ojos De Gato

Label: CAM Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Revolución; Latino America; Buenos Aires; Ernesto; Padres (A Papà e Gato); Manhattan (A Carla e Dollar); Roma 1962 (A Enrico e Franco); Paris Last; Café Montmartre (A Aldo e Don); Laura; Ojos De Gato (A Christian).

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Code of Being

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Resonance; Archimedean; Every Atom Glows; Per 4; Code of Being; Where is Hella; Per 5; Tessera.

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Jesup Wagon

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2021
Track listing: Jesup Wagon; Lowlands of Sorrow; Arachis; Fallen Flowers; Experiment Station; Seer; Chemurgy.

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Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2021

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2021" reviewed by Troy Dostert


2021 brought yet another year of outstanding jazz and creative improvisation, offering much-needed fortitude and renewal. It's always hard to winnow a best-of list from such a wealth of great music, but these titles managed to distinguish themselves amidst the crowded field of contenders. Talented saxophonists certainly predominated, as half the list highlights some of today's ...


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