Gabriel Jermaine Vanlandingham-Dunn

Review: Alan Braufman – Valley of Search (India Navigation, 1975, reissued 2018)

At the height of the 1960s through 1970s Cecil McBee was a very busy man. The bassist extraordinaire had appeared, probably, on hundreds of Jazz LPs ranging from unknown to classic. Just scrolling through my personal record collection, or his Discogs page, can boggle the mind of any collector, or new jack to the game,

Review: Chad Taylor – Myths and Morals

One phase of life ends and another takes it place. The area in the middle is where the pulling apart and gluing happens. It can be quiet, it can be lonesome, but it will always be. There’s peace found within the process for some, depending on their level of experience and frequency related to change.

Review: Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile

Take One “I don’t know if I should hug or slap the shit out of you.” My now deceased stepfather once said this to me after he picked me up from the local precinct after being arrested my one and only time. This message rings in my head quite often in my adult life, and

Review: Nicole Mitchell & Haki Madhubuti – Liberation Narratives

Talk of the elders and the ancestors has popped up a lot in my sphere recently. So much so that it has taken me the better part of a month to sit down and focus on how to express the wave of emotional African-based experiences that have come my way. Two spiritual readings in the

Review: Patrick Shiroishi – Tulean Dispatch

What do you think of when you hear the word solitude? Do you think of your lonely moments during difficult times in your life? Does the hauntingly beautiful composition by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Eddie DeLange come to mind (especially Billie Holliday’s 1952 version)? Or do you think of solitude as space, or mood,

Review: Irreversible Entanglements (2017)

As a youth, I received a lot of talks from the elders in my family. Many of these talks circled around growing pains that were to come in my life and the assurance of how little control that I would have over some of them. The topics ranged from sexual consent, economic (in)stability, and educational

Review: Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio – Midtown Tilt (2018)

I enjoy eating breakfast and find it pretty necessary to have some sort of complimentary caffeinated beverage with the first meal of the day. The combination of the two is not something I can really explain well (I’m a music historian, not a taste buds expert). Usually, I reach for a few different fruits, maybe