Articles by Geno Thackara

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Album Review

Zac Carson: Something from Before

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While Something from Before is an affair rooted in the immediate past--Zac Carson's pieces are based on snapshots of his own life from the preceding few years, and it was made just at the end of the pre-pandemic world--it is not limited to that “before" by any means. The bassist has a beautifully inclusive style which draws more on modern elements than classic. There is as much jam-band sunshine and underground rock as bouncy jazz in here, and the whole ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: July 2021

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Lest there be any doubt that the classic trio remains as malleable as ever, we have an eclectic batch exploring the range of what the format is capable of—familiar and conventional, or very much otherwise. Dahveed Behroozi Echos Sunnyside Records 2021 While Dahveed Behroozi's CV emphasizes his extensive training in both jazz and classical, those are pretty misleading reference points for what he offers on his second release. True, there's an unmistakable ...

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Slowly Rolling Camera: Where the Streets Lead

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When you're not sure which street to take, why not take several and see where they all lead? The inability to decide might just turn into the strongest asset in the right hands. It's always worked just fine for Slowly Rolling Camera, who have always remained too busy carving out a picturesque one-of-a-kind niche to actually bother pinning down what it is they do. Following on from the superb turning point of Juniper (Edition, 2018), which reinvented the ...

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Album Review

John McLaughlin: Liberation Time

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Perhaps the biggest success of Liberation Time is that its title feels sincere and not ironic. Such a sentiment could have easily come out as a cute bit of wishful thinking under the restrictions of pandemic life. Being who he is, though, John McLaughlin inevitably finds the value and positivity even in this strange state of affairs. “The wonderful thing about music is that you put the headphones on and you are all in the same room," he says in ...

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Album Review

Massimo Discepoli: Last year, the next day

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While most good drummers know how to use texture and subtlety (or at least should), you won't find many who take the idea quite as far as Massimo Discepoli. While his rhythm parts have a recognizable and compelling pulse somewhere, that usually isn't the half of it. The point is the entire soundscape. His recordings are craftily packed with sonic detail, however busy or airy they happen to be. The last time Discepoli appeared on record with The ...

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Album Review

Fryderyk HD: Sounds Good

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Fryderyk HD clearly knows his stuff in the jazz world and, just as clearly, considers it a jumping-off point more than a home niche. His first outing has all the marks of a fresh mind whirling with a myriad of ideas, and ready to try them all on for size. Thankfully, it is also the kind of debut which is about exploring and synthesizing one's influences more than recycling them. Sounds Good can appeal to an impressive range of tastes ...

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Album Review

Various Artists: Modern Love

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Strangely, but perhaps inevitably, the strength of Modern Love is also the thing which makes it suited to niche appreciation more than widespread appeal. Mostly leaning away from the obvious pop and rock of David Bowie's catalogue, this tribute from the BBE Music label focuses on his cuts rooted in soul, R&B, jazz and blues (and often deep cuts at that). Likewise, the intent is for the artists involved not to play it safe but to take each piece somewhere ...


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