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Nuno Costa: Detox

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Portuguese guitarist Nuno Costa is heavily involved in music for film--his Berklee College of Music major was Film Scoring--so it's not surprising that his music often has a cinematic quality. This includes dramatic episodic compositional structures as well as programmatic song titles. Detox is his third album, following (...) -Reticências entre Parênteses (2009) and All Must Go (2012). The opener “Hum...?" contains the most electronic sounds on the album (courtesy of guitar effects), which contrasts with the mostly ...

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Matana Roberts: Always

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The saxophone is possibly the musical instrument that produces a sound closest to the human voice. Listening to a virtuoso saxophonist like Matana Roberts, one hears more than just breath through a reed instrument. Her solo recording Always, travels beyond voice, to mind, body, and spirit. Recorded in studio, without the benefit of a reflecting audience, the experience is one of a voyeur to the saxophonist's most private thoughts. Offered with excellent sound, the recording reproduces fingers on ...

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Anna Lundqvist Quintet: Ten

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Ten marks the tenth anniversary of Swedish vocalist Anna Lundqvist's band, initially a quartet, then since 2009 a quintet. This is Lundqvist's fourth album, offering twelve of Lundqvist's most popular songs recorded live during 2014 at jazz clubs around Sweden. Her Gothenburg-based quintet, featuring pianist Fabian Kallerdahl, double bassist Mattias Grönroos, drummer Jon-Erik Björänge and saxophonist Björn Almgren, is a tight unit, well-versed in jazz legacy yet offering a distinct sound and highly emphatic interplay. Naturally, ...

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Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

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Intrepid pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's Break Stuff is an intimate work brimming with an intense poetry and a subtly dramatic ambience. The latter results from the complementary and contrasting elements, which are intricately interwoven within each of the dozen tracks that comprise the album. On the exquisite “Mystery Woman," for instance, Iyer plays percussive chords with one hand and haunting, lilting cascade of notes with the other building a sublime harmonic balance. The serene atmosphere that follows ...

THE BIG QUESTION

If Coltrane emerged today, would he receive recognition and appreciation?

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A while ago I had a chat with Vytautas Labutis, an influential Lithuanian saxophonist, educator and, at the time, curator of jny: Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival. He said: “The list of players with top skills is almost endless. Today we have kids who can do amazing things on their instruments, but the world is waiting for a new Coltrane." This phrase set my mind to thinking about this nearly religious aspect of contemporary jazz reality. If He arrives, how will ...

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Gary Peacock Trio: Now This

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Some of bassist Gary Peacock's earliest musical associations speak to a career that has been nurtured by unusually well-rounded experiences. Subbing for Ron Carter in gigs with Miles Davis, playing with the Bill Evans Trio and pianist Paul Bley and a stay with saxophonist Albert Ayler provided Peacock with foundations that ran the gamut from main-stream balladry, to conceptually modern jazz to the most unrestricted free jazz. All of which led up to the three-decades long relationship with Keith Jarrett ...

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Nuno Costa: Detox

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Many things inspired Portuguese guitarist Nuno Costa making this, his third album: the Bible, Matthew 20:16, “So the last will be first, and the first will be last"; the life of a wasp; his pet dog, Mr Kido; and-- last but by no means least--his newly-born daughter Leonor. His songs start well, struggle to find meaningful direction and then--very often-- tend simply to peter out. Hey, but that's jazz... isn't it? The session kicks off with “Hum...?" ...

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Anders Jormin / Lena Willemark / Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light

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It's not often that a new recording appears on ECM from Anders Jormin--a bassist who is, perhaps, best-known for his work in fellow Swede Bobo Stenson's ongoing trio, last heard on 2012's superb Indicum (ECM), and for his tenure, alongside Stenson, in Charles Lloyd's career-defining 1990s quartets, collected recently in the Old & New Masters Edition box Quartets (ECM, 2013). But if the bassist's own projects for the label are far from frequent--his last release, 2012's Ad Lucem, and before ...



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