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Take Five with Bryan S. Wright

Read "Take Five with Bryan S. Wright" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Bryan S. Wright Bryan S. Wright is a pianist and Grammy-nominated musicologist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since 2003, he has been the Executive Producer of Rivermont Records, a label dedicated to preserving and promoting ragtime and early jazz styles through reissues of historic recordings alongside new recordings by today's most celebrated ragtime and early jazz musicians. He has been Artist in Residence for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation and currently serves as the Artistic Director for the organization's ...

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Album Review

Linus + Økland/Van Heertum/Zach: Light As Never

Read "Light As Never" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Belgian duo Linus—Ruben Machtelinckx, guitar and banjo; Thomas Jillings, saxophone and clarinet—have been recording with additional musicians for several years. This grouping is the largest they have gathered together and revisits the one from the album Mono No Aware (Aspen Edities, 2017). It is rich instrumentation, expanded by Machtelinckx's additional baritone guitar, Jillings' synthesizer and Niels Van Heertum's trumpet (along with his usual euphonium). Nils Økland sticks with Hardanger fiddle and Ingar Zach again provides percussion. The program's ...

Radio & Podcasts

New music from Lo Greco Bros, Bass Extremes, Barry Coates and Claudio Scolari Project

Read "New music from Lo Greco Bros, Bass Extremes, Barry Coates and Claudio Scolari Project" reviewed by Len Davis


A reissue from guitarist Chris Poland from 1990, Lo Greco Brothers with Fusion In The City, Bass Extremes, from their upcoming S'Low Down, Barry Coates from his latest New Dreams, Claudio Scolari from Don't Know and Japanese bassist Quagero Imazawa. Playlist Chris Poland “Khazad Dum" from Return To Metalopolis (Combat) 00:00 Lo Greco Brothers “Caribbean Skies" from Fusion In The City (IMA) 06:22 Bass Extremes “Just-In-Time" from S'Low Down (VIX) 12:39 Barry Coates “Retrograde" from New Dreams (Outside ...

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Album Review

Columbia Icefield: Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes

Read "Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Nate Wooley refuses to make trivial music. Whether the endlessly creative trumpeter and composer is rethinking the relationship between artistic production and community, as on Mutual Aid Music (Pleasure of the Text, 2021), or pursuing ways to re-envision music's spiritual potential, seen most recently on 2020's Seven Storey Mountain VI (Pyroclastic Records), he always provides his listeners with a lot to ponder. This is no less evident with his Columbia Icefield project, which dives headlong into humankind's fraught relationship with ...

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Album Review

John Cage: Hymnkus, Thoreau Drawings, Two

Read "Hymnkus,   Thoreau Drawings,   Two" reviewed by John Eyles


Another Timbre recordings featuring music by John Cage are into double figures and those featuring Apartment House now number thirty-something, so there was a certain inevitability about this album on which Apartment House perform three Cage pieces. It does not seem long since the label's box set of Apartment House playing some of Cage's number pieces was issued to unanimous praise, but the current album, recorded in January and April 2022, is very different. Its three tracks, the titles of ...

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Interview

Alf Terje Hana: The Further Edge

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Unless you hail from jny: Norway, chances are you haven't heard of (or are just hearing about) guitarist Alf Terje Hana. With a music career stretching back into the '70s and a sound that's as personally stylized and cutting-edge fresh as anything birthed in the 21st century, Hana's music and name are just starting to circulate in ears outside his homeland. This is due in no small part to Hana—and his group Athana—fortuitously catching the attention of musicians like Stewart ...

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Album Review

The Michael Lauren Trio: Live At Mobydick Records

Read "Live At Mobydick Records" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Drummer/educator Michael Lauren's Live At Mobydick Records project is a compact trio outing with guitarist Vasco Agostinho and double bassist João Custódio. Lauren moved from New York City in 2003 to become the Professor of Drum Set studies at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) in Porto, Portugal. This performance came about as the result of a worldwide live-stream concert from the recording studio at MobyDick Records in Braga, Portugal: a comfortable setting for the players, as ...


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