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Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/28/19, 02:13 pm

Songs From Robin Hood Lane

Alex Chilton

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Ken Nordine Jr.

Words with jazz

Music | Ken Nordine spoke to “that muscle in the mind”
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/19/19, 01:08 pm

Ken Nordine, the possessor of one of the greatest speaking voices ever committed to tape, died in February. He was 98.  

Nordine first went public in the late 1950s and early 1960s with a series of spoken-word recordings for Dot Records. The titles of three of them—Word JazzSon of Word Jazz, and Word Jazz Vol. II—minted the catchphrase with which he would henceforth be identified.

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Music
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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