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Baker's Dozen

Absorbing The Light Of The African American Avant-Garde: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe's Baker’s Dozen
Stewart Smith , February 2nd, 2022 09:48

In an epic Baker’s Dozen, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe lets Stewart Smith into the secrets of his Candyman soundtrack, and celebrates Black excellence from Don Cherry to Moor Mother, Olly W. Wilson to Pamela Z


Talib Rasul Hakim - ‘Placements’ from New American Music Vol. 3

I love percussive pieces and I love really dynamic percussive work. It’s sort of subdued in these moments, which I really like. I feel like there's a clear restraint in that moment in that composition, which I was really drawn to.

He’s a classical guy - he was greatly influenced by Margaret Bonds - but he has all these jazz connections too. His brother is the drummer Joe Chambers, he’s hanging out with Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman in the ‘60s. These are all great avant-garde composers, but they haven’t always been considered in that context.

Right. These qualifiers are kind of a bummer to me. I guess it's more down to how the artist frames their work, and how others will tack things on to it.