Source: Citizen Jazz (rough translation from French):
If there is a musician who makes fun of styles, boxes and labels, it’s Cory Smythe. A celebrated virtuoso pianist, he has been heard as much in Darmstadt as in the Banff Center and seen alongside violinist Hillary Hahn and Tyshawn Sorey without having a feeling of bifurcation. Long considered a performer with an unlimited spectrum, with a penchant for contemporary music, he has for several years been a prolific and demanding composer, who owes as much to Anthony Braxton as to Iannis Xenakis and cites Alan Lomax in his records as well as Andrew Hill.
Source: River Cities’ Reader.
On August 27, we celebrated what would have been Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’s 83rd birthday. Though she passed away in 2007, the spirit of her music reaches more people now than ever before thanks to a series of high-profile reissue campaigns and dissemination across the Internet. Her catalog now enjoys widespread recognition as a massive influence on music of so many genres, within and outside of the realm of jazz – from hip hop (see: the production of her grand-nephew Flying Lotus), to ambient and drone music (see: the ocean of minimalist synth producers chasing the poise and grandeur of her harp-, synth-, and organ-focused work), to modern branches of spiritual jazz (see: Kamasi Washington, especially) to experimental music writ large.
Source: THE SLOW MUSIC MOVEMENT.
The first time I seriously contemplated gender parity in music production was March 8th 2019, International Women’s Day. As a gesture of solidarity I thought I would “reflect on, highlight and celebrate some of the women that have enriched The Slow Music Movement with their talent, creativity and presence over the last year”, and compile a playlist consisting of a track from each female artist that I had supported that year. It didn’t take me as long as I thought it would.
The following year I thought I would update the list, again it wasn’t a lengthy enough process. After a quick calculation I approximated that roughly 15% of my daily recommendations were women, similar I guess to 2019.