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Rick Margitza walks with the spirits in all tendresse as Sacred Hearts caress

Out on Le Coq this coming Friday ringing out strong and true Sacred Hearts is a significant heart-on-your-sleeve tenor saxophone exploration as serious as your life. Margitza actually plays the sentiment down but it seeps out and enters your …

Published: 30 Jan 2021. Updated: 2 months.

Out on Le Coq this coming Friday ringing out strong and true Sacred Hearts is a significant heart-on-your-sleeve tenor saxophone exploration as serious as your life.

Margitza actually plays the sentiment down but it seeps out and enters your consciousness regardless.

Familiar mainly for his brief but life changing tenure with Miles Davis it is many years since Margitza has had a record out under his own steam. In the late-1980s and into the 90s his profile peaked and he was on Blue Note back then and put out several records. Tracking back to that period the beautiful 'Widow's Walk' full of timbral resource and complex compositional imagination is a must, for instance. That balladic touch Margitza brought to his records of the period is still upfront and on his new work makes him stand out once again from the crowd.

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A welcome sound to wait up for from a resurgent player who sets his own spirit free and lets us see. Tracks on the upcoming album dive deep into emotional response and the honesty of doing this is part of what becoming a great artist is about in whatever domain. Part of the Paris jazz scene nowadays the American says: “My heritage is Eastern European gypsy. Our funerals are a lot like New Orleans funerals: the older men get together and play sad music, but once the person is buried we party and celebrate them. I didn’t set out to explore that kind of dichotomy on this record, but I think there’s inevitably a sense of celebration intertwined with the sadness.” SG

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Linton Kwesi Johnson speaks at last night's Riff Shake Keane book launch: luminaries including Jeremy Robson also participate

The great poet and musician Linton Kwesi Johnson along with the revered poet/publisher/editor Jeremy Robson were two of the surprise additional unbilled speakers at last night's very well attended online Papillote Press Riff book launch, the fine …

Published: 29 Jan 2021. Updated: 2 months.

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The great poet and musician Linton Kwesi Johnson along with the revered poet/publisher/editor Jeremy Robson were two of the surprise additional unbilled speakers at last night's very well attended online Papillote Press Riff book launch, the fine new Philip Nanton biography of Shake Keane hosted by publisher Polly Pattullo from her Dominica base.

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LKJ in his eloquent tribute mentioned working closely with Shake on a BBC Arena Anthony Wall documentary dating back to the 1990s and saluted the Vincentian's artistry both as a poet and musician.

Robson, mentioned in the film in Part 4 a little after the 6-minute mark in a YouTube cut who collaborated with Keane and also with Michael Garrick (both interviewed in Wall's film) recalled very good turn-outs for poetry and jazz that drew London crowds to the town hall in Hampstead and by the south bank of the Thames the Royal Festival Hall.