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August 2007

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Antonio SanchezMigrationCam Jazz2007

Drummer Antonio Sanchez lets his hair down on this vibrant modern jazz outing with guests pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Pat Metheny. The twin saxophone attack of Chris Potter and David Sanchez (no relation) enhances the band's bravura, especially on Joe Henderson's classic “Inner Urge, given a snappy and complex reading. The drummer smothers his kit with crisp break-outs and polyrhythmic flurries on some of his own pieces plus tunes by Corea, Miles Davis. Cleverly produced and arranged, the music is engineered with an edge appropriate to its twists and turns. ...

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July 2007

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Daniel SmithThe Swingin' BassoonGuild Music2007

Bassoonist Daniel Smith switch hits from classical to swing to hard bop on this rewarding studio set. Other than some choice solos by pianist Martin Bejerano, the quartet stays in the background, providing support to Smith's amazingly fluid lines, which shine forth through a set of jazz standards. You can just imagine saxophonist Charlie Parker on bassoon during the band's take on “Scrapple From The Apple. Here and throughout, Smith's spiky phrasings are balanced by brisk runs fortified by lots of pop, zip and seemingly effortless control. ...

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June 2007

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Kiko LoureiroUniverso InversoIndependent2007

Brazilian jazz-fusion guitarist Kiko Loureiro's scorching, plugged-in guitar licks create a compelling contrast here with Yaniel Matos' acoustic piano work. Loureiro is a precocious young chops-meister who favors climax-driven solos colored by sustain and distortion effects--plus an occasional nod towards Allan Holdsworth during some of the more legato-based passages. Less frenetic than some of his American peers, Loureiro's clean licks and advanced grasp of dynamics offer a knockout blow.

Jerry Granelli V16The Sonic Temple: Monday and TuesdaySonglines2007

Drummer/bandleader Jerry Granelli has enjoyed a ...

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May 2007

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Adam Lane/Ken Vandermark/Magnus Broo/Paal Nilssen-Love4 CornersClean Feed2007

Here's an early contender for my 2007 best-of list, in which Adam Lane continues his progress towards the top echelon of modern jazz bassists/improvisers. The band combines turbo-mode power and semi-structured pieces--and rattles the senses. At times, Lane amps up his double bass and the quartet's blistering, groove-oriented persona glows in mottled fashion. Lane and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's dual polyrhythmic attack creates a massive but pliant undercurrent for reedman Ken Vandermark and trumpeter Magbus Broo's torrid soloing maneuvers. Recorded at a Portuguese jazz festival, the audience's jubilant ...

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April 2007

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DimliteThis Is EmbracingSonar Kollektiv2006

Dimitri Grimm (Dimlite) revs up a party atmosphere with synth-based layers, quirky noises and quaint melodies on this his third release. Vocalists are featured on some tracks, and trippy textures are coupled with old fashioned space-rock. However, Grimm's solid beats include a modern upgrade. On “Hungeryears & Advanced Communication, he stirs the pot with madcap background banter, and elsewhere adds urban rap to the mix. But Grimm varies the sound with whispery dreamscapes and textures. An attractive hybrid of electronica and house pulses, in a varied and entertaining format, which ...

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March 2007

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Age Of NemesisTerra IncognitaMagna Carta2006

This Hungarian progressive-metal band excels in the composition department. There's a plot which involves a girl who connects with an angel to visit the afterlife, and the album's overall theme mines the phantasmagorical seam so often favoured by prog-metal outfits. That aside, the quintet conveys a flair for dynamics. Herculean crunch chords convey a feeling of triumph, before segueing into melodically-tinged choruses--it's a massive wall of sound, full of sinuous time signatures and memorable hooks. Lead vocalist Zoltan Kiss emerges as a top-flight rock vocalist. He sings in English ...

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February 2007

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John Carter/Bobby Bradford QuartetSeekingHatology2006

Recorded in Los Angeles back in 1969, this reissue is good enough to be classified as desert-island fare. Originally part of the co-operative New Art Jazz Ensemble, the late multi-woodwind musician/composer John Carter and trumpeter Bobby Bradford present a hip and ultra-modern vision of West Coast jazz. It's timeless, progressive music that holds its weight in glistening, up-tempo style nearly four decades after the fact. The horn players engage in melodic and complex unison choruses atop the rhythm section's rigorous cadences. In spots, Carter's whispery flute lines counterbalance higher octane ...



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