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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/14/19, 03:35 pm

FYAH

Theon Cross

The busy rhythms established by the drummer Moses Boyd justify the references on Cross’ Bandcamp page to “modern grime and trap” as surely as the tightly coiled honking of the saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Wayne Francis justify the references to “stretching and re-shaping the boundaries” of jazz. But what’s really doing the stretching and reshaping is Cross’ tuba. Usurping the role normally assigned to the bass, it fattens the music’s bottom with meaningful oompahs and blats. On the skittering “Candace of Meroe,” it beggars description.

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Ken Jacques

Somber portents

Music | The Mask in the Mirror explores a tragic historical romance
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/05/19, 01:24 pm

Insofar as contemporary drama and Black History Month coincided this year, the films Black KkKlansman and Black Panther sucked much of the air out of the room. 

But a richer, more challenging, and more universal “black history” story can be found in the Sanaa Opera Project’s just-released recording of The Mask in the Mirror (Navona), a three-act opera by the Scottish-born third-stream composer and jazz pianist Richard Thompson.  

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Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/28/19, 01:05 pm

The Maritime Suite: “We Have Fed Our Sea For A Thousand Years”

Peter Bellamy

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