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American Modern Ensemble

I heard this on the radio this afternoon, off on a trip out to Easton, Pa. Quite thrilled I can hear it again this evening!

Post-minimalist beauty.

MOSTLY MODERN FESTIVAL
Skidmore College, Arthur Zankel Music Hall
Saratoga Springs, New York (USA)
6/14/2018

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Roberto Donnini ‎– Tunedless
1980

A very obscure, Terry Riley inspired album, apparently the only thing Donnini recorded.

Alto Saxophone [Alto Sax] – Roberto Buoni (tracks: B), Sauro Alibisani (tracks: A)
Cello – Carlo Bonomi (2) (tracks: A), Mino Vis Mara (tracks: B)
Electric Piano [Armon], Harmonica [Hohner] – Roberto Donnini
Piano [Pianoforte] – Stefano Fiuizzi (tracks: B)
Producer [Production] – Lynx Records (5)
Recorded By – Maurizio Pieri
Sitar [Sitar Played With Bow] – Aldo De Bono (tracks: B)
Synthesizer [Synthi A (EMS-Datanomics)] – Maurizio Montini (tracks: A)
Technician [Electronic Advisor On Synthi A] – Albert Mayr (tracks: A)
Trombone – Michele Losappio (tracks: B)
Voice – Jacqueline Darby (tracks: B)

Roberto Donnini – “T” 1 A

Roberto Donnini – “T” 2 A

Wadada Leo Smith turns 77 today, December 18, 2018.

Today Is The Question: Ted Panken on Music, Politics and the Arts

In recognition of trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith’s 77th birthday, here’s the text of a long feature that I wrote about him for Downbeat last year in conjunction with his multiple “Critics Poll” victories as “Best Trumpet,” “Best Artist” and “Best Album”

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Late last December, just after Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith turned 75, well before Downbeat’s critics anointed him “Best Trumpet,” “Best Artist” and “Best Album” for 2017, John Lindberg spoke about “the rare arc” that has brought his old friend to “arguably the most productive time of his career.”

“That Wadada has elevated so much in notoriety, recognition and output of work speaks to his endurance, determination and sheer grit, his complete dedication and focus on his work for 40 years,” said Lindberg, who first played with Smith in a creative orchestra concert in 1978, has played bass regularly with Smith’s Golden Quartet and Organic ensembles since 2004…

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