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Album Review

Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Guitarist Liberty Ellman has been doing valuable work in recent years as a sideman for musicians such as Henry Threadgill, Stephan Crump and Myra Melford. Once in a while he also puts out his own music as a leader. Inspired by a marathon race that takes place in Antarctica, the music on this disc is a constantly moving bundle of sounds with some resemblance to Threadgill's recent work in its use of tuba and its overall jangling ensemble ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Clean Feed’s Latest Releases

Read "Clean Feed’s Latest Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode digs into a number of fine new releases from Clean Feed Records. You'll hear tracks from the Simon Nabatov Quintet, the Scandinavian group Inland Empire (featuring Kris Davis), legendary singer Patty Waters, pianist Kaja Draksler, and the hard-nosed Luis Lopes Humanization Quartet (featuring saxophonist Rodrigo Amado). Also new is the Itaca 4et, a joint Canadian-Italian project, young saxophonist Ori Jacobson's debut, pianist James Carney and guitarist Liberty Ellman's latest with an outstanding band in tow. There's lots more ...

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Album Review

Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Guitarist Liberty Ellman doesn't release many albums as a leader. Last Desert is only his fifth in more than twenty years, and fourth for Pi Recordings, following 2015's Radiate. But that doesn't mean he isn't a busy artist. He can be heard with JD Allen, Jason Robinson, Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio and, of course, Henry Threadgill's Zooid. He also produces music, mixes and masters recordings. Those last three crafts may explain why his recordings as a ...

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Live Review

Liberty Ellman Trio at Crescent Arts Centre

Read "Liberty Ellman Trio at Crescent Arts Centre" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Liberty Ellman Trio Crescent Arts Centre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland April 13, 2018 Liberty Ellman was short his pedals for this Moving On Music gig at Crescent Arts Centre--lost somewhere in transit--but he certainly wasn't short of musical ideas during a constantly engaging ninety-minute set. With four releases in twenty years Ellman maybe isn't the most prolific of leaders yet this only tells part of the story, for the New York-based guitarist--a cornerstone of ...

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Album Review

Liberty Ellman: Radiate

Read "Radiate" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Guitarist Liberty Ellman works at the crossroads of intellectual inquisitiveness and rabid expressionism. That's been evident both in his own small but impressive discography and in his musical travels with Henry Threadgill's Zooid over the past fifteen years. On Radiate--Ellman's first album in nine years, third on the Pi Recordings imprint--those two roads quickly meet. The album-opening “Supercell" proves to be a deep-grooving masterpiece that plays unification and disconnection against each other to create something magical. Damion ...

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Album Review

Liberty Ellman: Radiate

Read "Radiate" reviewed by Troy Collins


Radiate is guitarist Liberty Ellman's fourth album under his own name since 1997 and his third for Pi Recordings, following 2006's Ophiuchus Butterfly. Ellman's output as a bandleader over the years has been secondary to his role as an in-demand sideman however, working with such luminaries as Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Myra Melford, and Jason Robinson--hence his somewhat limited discography. Most significantly, Ellman has been a charter member and sole guitarist in renowned composer Henry Threadgill's longstanding Zooid ensemble, serving ...

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Album Review

Liberty Ellman: Ophiuchus Butterfly

Read "Ophiuchus Butterfly" reviewed by Troy Collins


Ophiuchus Butterfly is guitarist Liberty Ellman's third release as a leader, but his widest exposure has come as guitarist in Henry Threadgill's acoustic Zooid ensemble. From the distinctive opening notes of the title track, one can hear that Ellman has been absorbing lessons from the master. Blending Threadgill's taste for multiethnic rhythms and Eastern scales with his own loose interpretation of urban M-Base funk, Ellman delivers a truly forward-thinking album. Ellman's second album for Pi features an eclectic ...


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