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Seven Sets, Eight Sides

John Tchicai, Hartmut Geerken & Famoudou Don Moyé West Africa Tour (Sierra Leone, Liberia & Guinea), April 1985,  4xLP (Sagittarius A-Star – SAS #21), 2012 — John Tchicai The history of jazz is too often Americentric, focusing on the epicenters and forgetting the aftershocks, no matter how devastating, and leaving the impression that no one south of the Rio Grande or east of the Atlantic ever blew through a saxophone reed. Indeed, both Gioia’s History of Jazz and Shipton’s otherwise excellent A New History of Jazz devote fewer than thirty pages between them to the practice outside North America. Europe, South America, Africa, Japan, and everyone else barely happened you might think. In fact, European jazz … [Read more...]