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RIP Bobby Hutcherson

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Source: KQED Arts, Bobby Hutcherson passed away at age 75 after a long battle with emphysema.

Introduced to the Blue Note fold by veteran alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, Hutcherson quickly joined a loose confederation of creatively ambitious New York musicians inspired by the rhythmic and harmonic innovations of free jazz patriarch Ornette Coleman but dedicated to experimenting with compositional form. With his thick, ringing four-mallet chords and exquisitely chiseled melodic lines, he played a defining role on several dozen era-defining albums, such as Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Lee Morgan’s The Procrastinator, McCoy Tyner’s Time For Tyner, Joe Henderson’s Mode For Joe, Tony Williams’ Life Time, Gracham Moncur III’s Evolution, and McLean’s One Step Beyond.

Avreeayl Ra Update

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In contrast to what was originally stated in our original posting, Ra has indicated that there is no direct evidence that his attack was racially motivated. That aspect has been removed from the GoFundMe site, and one has to question why it was there to begin with. Nonetheless, Ra was still hurt badly, and our fundraising efforts are not in vain.

More details here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/reich/ct-chicago-drummer-attack-green-mill-20160815-story.html

Avreeayl Ra Healing Fund 

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Source: GoFundMe. If you can set aside a few dollars for Avreeayl Ra, please do so. The story of what happened is below. I have nothing to add aside from sympathy and frustration.

On August 13 at 4AM, Avreeayl Ra, Chicago master drummer / percussionist, and dear friend was leaving the historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge and he headed to his usual parking lot, one block away. A group of white males followed behind him, and yelled racial slurs. They hit him with something, leaving him unconscious. Some time later, Avreeayl woke up face down on the concrete.

AMN Picks of the Week: The Pololaniks / Electric Bird Noise / Honey Ear Trio / Sabbagh, Miller, Jermyn

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

The Pololaniks – The Suspicious Slumber Party (2016)
Electric Bird Noise – Nighttime Tides (2016)
Honey Ear Trio – Swivel (2016)
Sabbagh / Miller / Jermyn – Lean (2016)

RIP Connie Crothers 

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Details are still sketchy, but multiple sources are reporting that pianist Connie Crothers has passed away at age 75.

AMN Picks of the Week: TriAngular Bent / The Research Institute / Cassio Figueiredo / Braeyden Jae

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

TriAngular Bent – TriAngular Bent (2016)
The Research Institute – Music for Prepared Guitars (2016)
Cassio Figueiredo – Expurgo (2016)
Braeyden Jae – Fog Mirror (2016)

Newsbits: Purple Patios / Bisio & Knuffke / Tony Malaby / Robert Rich / Golfam Khayam & Mona Matbou Riahi / Tatsuya Nakatani

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Lots of reviews this time around.

Jazz Right Now has been busy with a review of the debut from Purple Patios, a review of the new duo release from Michael Bisio and Kirk Knuffke, as well as an artist profile of Tony Malaby.

Hypnagogue reviews What We Left Behind from Robert Rich.

Tiny Mix Tapes reviews Narrante from Golfam Khayam & Mona Matbou Riahi.

Finally, the Experimental Music Series in Kelowna, British Columbia will feature Tatsuya Nakatani on August 18.