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Per Zanussi 5: Live in Coimbra

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Here, Norwegian master bassist Per Zanussi is the leader and director of operations. Recorded live at a Portuguese jazz festival, the three-man reed section weaves mega contrasts and disparate tonalities into the mix with subtle or pronounced variances, contrapuntal phrasings, and sweltering, rough-hewn ostinatos. They embrace Middle Eastern modalities, free bop, funk and other genres via tempestuous solo spots, tuneful choruses and powerful exchanges, equating to a kaleidoscopic exhibition. On the final track “All Wrath," the band dishes out a manifold array of applications, highlighting its diversity. The musicians launch a mid-tempo Latin tinged vamp, where the reedman ...

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Wooley - Rempis - Niggenkemper - Corsano: From Wolves To Whales

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Heavy-duty improvisers, saxophonist Dave Rempis and trumpeter Nate Wooley comprise a union of Chicago and New York artists who share a similar vision. Thus, From Wolves To Whales marks the quartet's debut album. As anticipated, the musicians delve deep into the outside schema of jazz amid a largely aggressive mode of attack. With hustling cadences, energized soloing and all the customary trimmings, the band acutely morphs the improv platform with semi-structured song-forms. And while the free jazz connotations are intact, there's much more happening under the covers. Hence, the program is not rigidly centered on incessant soloing escapades and asymmetrical ...

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InterStatic: Arise

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UK-reared keyboardist Roy Powell (Mumpbeak, Naked Truth)has called Norway home for several years while serving as a prime motivator for this futuristic UK-based, record label via sideman duties, and co-leading groups such as Interstatic. The band pushes the envelope yet again on this psycho, acid-rock slant on the jazz organ trio format. Nonetheless, the trio ups the ante a bit on its third album, featuring ECM Records recording artist Jacob Young and notable session drummer Jarle Vespestad. A little genre-busting goes a long way, as the musicians project a no-holds-barred line of attack, incited by Davis' old school like wah-wah ...

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Tohpati: Tribal Dance

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Nascent Indonesian guitarist, Tohpati strikes again with his third album and second trio date, greatly benefitting from the all- universe rhythm section of drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Haslip. Here, the artist coexists in that sacred space of high-octane power trios, assembled by progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar warlords, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Allan Holdsworth and other prominent ambassadors of this ilk. Tohpati's super clean licks and spicy Indo-Fusion treatments offset his crunchy chord voicings and melodic hooks, occasionally treated with spacey distortion lines and electronics-based textural milieus. And his flavorsome compositions yield auxiliary rewards. While ...

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Jerome Sabbagh: The Turn

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This is one of three bands tenor saxophonist, Jerome Sabbagh leads amid his numerous gigs as a session artist and group member with pianists Laurent Coq and Guillermo Klein, paired with many other diverse musical roles in the modern jazz community. This quartet strikes back with its third album, following Pogo (Sunnyside, 2007) and North (Sunnyside, 2004). Besides his burly tone, melodic structures and fluent improvisational acumen, one of the key differentiators is how Sabbagh transparently melds modern mainstream with the outside schema. You couldn't ask for a better supporting cast with guitar luminary Ben Monder, drummer Ted ...

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Joe Morris Quartet: Balance

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After several albums and great synergy, guitarist Joe Morris disbanded the quartet in 2000 with many of his associates stating it was a “terrible idea." For this reunion, the musicians' artistic evolution surges on via a conglomeration of diminutive and soaring theme-building episodes, asymmetrical footprints, and staggered detours, instilling a continual sense of anticipation. The gala is off to a rousing start on “Thought," fostered by Mat Maneri's buzzing viola passages, and the unit's synchronous improvisational attack, as the musicians' fluent, Johnny-on-the spot courses of action remain a constant throughout. However, they temper the pulse with the ...

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Ambit: The Cellar and Point

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Childhood buddies, drummer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta should easily heighten their nascent reputations in the jazz community with this classy gem, marking their collaborative debut. Call it garage-chamber with doses of jazz and progressive rock amid some Americana infused treatments, this seamless program also includes members of contemporary classical ensembles, JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, TRANSIT and Signal Ensemble. The musicians interlace a hodgepodge of crossover applications, whether it's a thrusting King Crimson style like vamp with offbeat metrics, meticulously crafted ostinatos and rubato strings passages on the opener “0852,"or on other tracks where dreamy melodic hooks ...



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