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Andy Milne and Dapp Theory: Forward in All Directions

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Not all albums register immediately, sometimes it takes a while for unusual and individual music to settle in your subconscious, reveal itself incrementally as little details emerge with familiarity. This new release from Andy Milne and Dapp Theory, on Whirlwind records in the UK, is a good case in point Toronto born Pianist and keyboard player Milne first emerged from Steve Coleman's Five Elements, and played with many of the prime M-Base musicians including the likes of Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. While he retains many creative irons in the fire this is the third album over a ...

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Azure: Hiptronics

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Such is the musical shift between Azure's When She Smiles (Azuremusic, 2009) and Hiptronics that they sound like different bands; effectively, they are. The main songwriter, classically influenced pianist Pierre-Francois Blanchard has been replaced by keyboardist Federico Solazzo and only co-founder, guitarist Rogier Schneemann remains from the original group, which has grown to a quintet with the addition of trumpeter Rik Mol. In interior design terms it would be akin to gutting a property and going for a futuristic styling with a little 1970s retro thrown in--think Woody Allen's Sleeper with a funk-cum-hip hop soundtrack. The old Azure ...

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The Poetry of Places: Paula Shocron and Bjørn Solli

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There is something about places. A particular place can create a special mood. When it comes to music, a place can create a unique frame that adds inspiration and ambience. Just think of the music recorded at the Village Vanguard. The name itself is enough to send shivers down the spine. However, unique musical places do not have to be connected with legendary venues. Sometimes, a surprising setting can have an equally enchanting effect and this is the case with the albums from Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron and Norwegian guitarist Bjørn Vidar Solli. Paula ...

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Tommy Igoe: The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

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Known as one of the best drummers in the jazz world today, Tommy Igoe is also one of the most in-demand musicians around and since 2006, Igoe and the Birdland Big band have been holding residency at New York's Birdland Jazz Club which apparently, is not enough to keep the drummer grounded. Igoe now lives in San Francisco where--simultaneously with the Birdland Club gig--he is also holding weekly residency at the Bay Area's most famous jazz club, Yoshi's and now debuts his new 15-piece big band and self-titled album The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy. The conspiracy begins to ...

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Frank Lowe: Out Loud

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Musical archeology has become somewhat of a trend these days. It might be explained, in part by the rebirth of vinyl and the excavation of long out-of-print titles, but also there are scores of devoted collectors who've discovered unpublished recordings of significant artists. For the serially neglected avant-garde of jazz, some of these finds have been significant. Albert Ayler's Holy Ghost: Rare And Unissued Recordings (1962-70) (Revenant, 2004) box set and the more recent Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (No Business, 2012) that documents the early work of bassist William Parker, come to mind. Out Loud a well ...

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Brian Charette: Good Tipper

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Nine of the eleven tracks on organist Brian Charette's Square One (Posi-Tone, 2014) were originals, but that doesn't mean he's uninterested in tackling the music of others. In fact, judging by this album, it would seem that he really digs digging into covers. Everybody from film score icon John Barry to tunesmith Jimmy Webb to saxophonist Joe Henderson gets a nod during the fun-filled Good Tipper Charette has built a reputation as one of the most adventuresome yet respectful organists operating today, something that's evident on this album when you hear him cook on a twenty-bar blues ...

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Blue

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Here's an enticing prospect. Jazz iconoclasts Mostly Other People Do The Killing re-interpret a classic album beloved by millions of people the world over, lending it a unique MOPDTK spin and rendering it totally unrecognisable. A brave move.The album in question? It's Joni Mitchell's Blue (Reprise, 1971), an iconic slice of Laurel Canyon lushness, the starting point for generations of misty-eyed romantic entanglements. MOPDTK take Mitchell's tales of love and kick them as far out of Laurel Canyon as possible -no vocal, altered rhythms, new harmonies, previously unused instruments, a reduced track list (from ten to five), re-worked ...



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