Guitarist Charlie Apicella says his band gets “right to the point, just like Jack McDuff” on Groove Machine.

(Photo: Christopher Drukker)

Charlie Apicella is Channeling the Past

In many ways, guitarist Charlie Apicella has devoted himself to a kind of historical reenactment. On all of his previous albums, which have included tributes to Jack McDuff and…


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Barney Wilen Quartet

Live In Tokyo ’91

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Ben Markley Quartet
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(Blue Note)


Sun Ra (1914–1993)

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Sun Ra: Orbiting the Sun

Shards of sound scatter across the concert hall. Blips and bleeps, squiggles and snarls spew out from stage right, where a short, portly figure dressed in iridescent robes turns knobs and throws switches, orchestrating a sonic collision of satellites and asteroids. Suddenly, he turns from his Moog synthesizer and begins spinning around bodily, wiping the backs of his hands across a Fender Rhodes piano.

These are some early moments of electric jazz, courtesy of the Columbus of space music, Sun Ra.

Sun Ra!

The name resonates out of the tombs of…

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