Friday, July 29, 2016

Brief Respite: Politics and Creative Music

One can make the argument that music is always political, especially jazz. Musicians and composers such as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, John Coltrane, more recently, Dave Douglas, Jason Moran, Bobby Avey, John Ellis and others have created music that makes you think, maybe even stop you in your track, change your mind, and educate you.  Sometimes it even makes you laugh.

Exhibit #2016 - Bassist/composer Mark Dresser has a new CD coming out in November on the Clean Feed label.  Titled "Sedimental You", Dresser  has assembled quite an impressive lineup of musicians including flutist Nicole Mitchell, bass clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, violinist David Morales Boroff, trombonist Michael Dessen, pianist Joshua White, and drummer Jim Black. One of the tracks has been made available just in time for the rundown to the United States election.  

For your delectation:

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