Reviews that mention Hannah Jon Taylor

September 9, 2013

Watershed

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Nicole Mitchell

Engraved in the Wind

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Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal

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By Ken Waxman

A major Jazz flautist, Nicole Mitchell recently traded her Chicago base for an academic post at University of California, Irvine. But as these sessions attest, the flautist, who during her two decades in the Windy City played in numerous bands and was an executive of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (ACCM), hasn’t let geography or academe slow down her recording schedule. These CDs feature her with quartet of Chicagoans, a mixed French-American quintet and most challengingly, solo. MORE

April 16, 2013

Watershed

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AACM meets Amis français; Watershed – the band and the CD – maintains its individuality by mixing improvisations and compositions from both sides of the Atlantic in this live program. Representing France is the inventive partnership of bassist Bernard Santacruz and drummer Denis Fournier, who singly or together have worked with everyone from saxophonists Archie Shepp and Byard Lancaster to pianists Siegfried Kessler and Mal Waldron. Both self-taught, their colleagues from Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) are music school trained cellist Tomeka Reid, also a member of drummer Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly and flutist/piccolo player Nicole Mitchell, who has worked with a lengthening list of first-class improvisers. Added impetus comes from Madison’s Hanah Jon Taylor playing tenor and alto saxophones, flute and electronic valve instrument. He’s a lesser-known AACM veteran who was part of a long-standing trio with the late bassist Malachi Favors. MORE

February 12, 2011

Lest We Forget:

Malachi Favors (1927-2004)
By Ken Waxman

Trickster to the end, when bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut died of pancreatic cancer in early 2004, his daughter revealed that he had actually born 10 years earlier than his previously accepted 1937 birth date. In a way that concluding jape was perfectly in character for the versatile bassist who from the mid-1960s until his death was a vital component of the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC). The quintet proved that theatricism in the form of face paint, costumes, so-called “little instruments” and stylistic turns could be the source of profound and searching modern jazz – or if you prefer Great Black Music Ancient to the Future. MORE