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Album Review

Bob Gluck & Tani Tabbal: At This Time: Duets

Read "At This Time: Duets" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bob Gluck is a gifted composer of electronic and acoustic music, as well as an educator and writer. As a pianist/keyboardist he has offered innovative and intensely creative modern jazz, finding inspiration in the familiar and the obscure. He has collaborated with Michael Bisio, Jane Ira Bloom, Ken Filiano, and many other top-tier artists. With Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson and Christopher Dean Sullivan he gave us Infinite Spirit -Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band (Self Produced, 2016), a companion recording ...

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Album Review

Confusion Bleue: East Side Banquet

Read "East Side Banquet" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Luminously recorded at East Side Studio in New York City, the superfine Confusion Bleue band reemerges with a sterling exposition, centered upon its democratic, but largely cohesive free-form manifesto. The musicians present a resonating group-centric sound, aided by Lee Pembleton's exquisite audio-engineering via a consortium of gusty improvisations and swirling breakouts. With rapidly-moving pulses, keyboardist Nobu Stowe often steers or provokes the variable theme-building components, transferring to a rather inspiring group dynamic. “Movement III" is one of seven ...

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Extended Analysis

DEPARTED ANGELS

Read "DEPARTED ANGELS" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Intuition plays the dominant role in the interaction between percussionist Andrea Centazzo and seven guitar improvisers on this set of collaborations recorded over a wide span of time. Centazzo plays in duo and trio settings, occasionally adding another voice. What transpires is an explosion of processes that take the art of invention to a new high. Centazzo has been an active musician and composer for over 25 years, covering a wide and impressive range of styles including opera, ...

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Album Review

Andrea Centazzo: West Coast Trio

Read "West Coast Trio" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


A man of many talents, Andrea Centazzo is a composer at home with classical, jazz and experimental music. As a musician, he plays percussion and keyboards, and is not immune to sampling to add to the impact.

Centazzo's music breathes and reverberates from the input of his band. He calls for an intuitive response to develop the theme and both Kai Kurosawa (guitar) and Motoka Honda (piano) help realize the depth and tangibility of his compositions. ...

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Album Review

Guido Mazzon Sextet: Flights Of Fancy

Read "Flights Of Fancy" reviewed by Nic Jones


Perhaps inevitably, this one's something of an epitaph for trombonist Paul Rutherford, whose death earlier this year robbed the improvised music fraternity of one of its most vigorous advocates.

Recorded in 1993 , this is a session that documents him in customary peerless form in the company of an Italian group alive to the possibilities inherent in trumpeter Guido Mazzon's wide-open music. The latter's avoidance of the obvious, which in this case would amount on one hand to minimal lines ...

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Album Review

Kondo / Chadbourne / Centazzo: The Warriors

Read "The Warriors" reviewed by Nic Jones


The title of this one's misleading, as this is music made by unconditional collaborationists as opposed to anyone of a more aggressive disposition. The results of their collaboration embodies that old saying about the meeting of minds, and the results are the outcome of a highly refined group sensibility that was evidently defined by the trio's experience as a working group.

With the exception of “The Warriors #8," no individual track breaches the ten minute mark, and in a sense ...

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Album Review

ROVA Saxophone Quartet and Andrea Centazzo: The Bay

Read "The Bay" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Ictus Records was co-founded by percussionist Andrea Centazzo with Carla Lugli in the late 1970s. The focus was on improvised music, contemporary styling and avant-garde jazz. Centazzo and Lugli ran the label until 1984 when the financial burden became too heavy to carry on. During that time, Ictus had a strong catalog with recordings of Centazzo, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Gianluigi Trovesi and ROVA. Saxophone Quartet among others.

Ictus was resurrected after a hiatus of thirty years. Several ...


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