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Album Review

Brian Adler: Radioactive Landscapes EP

Read "Radioactive Landscapes EP" reviewed by Troy Dostert


As was evident on his previous EP releases from 2016, Binary and Mysteries of the Deep, percussionist Brian Adler enjoys working with conceptual frameworks for his compositions. On Binary, he explored the possible interactions between human-and computer-based creativity, and on Mysteries he drew thematic inspiration from the world of Eastern spirituality. These investigations allowed him to explore his intersecting interests in a range of musical styles and genres, not to mention instrumentation, with Indian percussion and classical forms utilized within ...

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Brian (Shankar) Adler: Binary & Mysteries of the Deep

Read "Binary & Mysteries of the Deep" reviewed by Troy Dostert


For those seeking a bit of metaphysical speculation with their jazz, one could benefit from giving these two new EPs from drummer Brian (Shankar) Adler a careful listen. A thoughtful, creative percussionist, Adler is eager to explore the big questions in his music, and his use of complex rhythmic structures and instrumentation from other traditions (particularly Indian carnatic music) lends an additional layer of interest to his work. The first of the two releases, Binary, is a project ...

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Nicky Schrire: Freedom Flight

Read "Freedom Flight" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Freedom Flight is the debut from vocalist Nicky Schrire, a young singer who was born in London, raised in Cape Town and now resides in New York. It's a distinctive debut, heralding the welcome arrival to the scene of a fine vocalist with an eclectic range of source material--a mix of Latin, pop, folk, and American Songbook songs, plus a couple of Schrire originals.Schrire's voice is lovely--pure and clear, a mix of naïve innocence and sensuality. She's blessed ...

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Album Review

Nicky Schrire: Freedom Flight

Read "Freedom Flight" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Breaking into the jazz vocal world is no easy feat. Aspiring singers often find themselves angling for crumbs of attention in this overcrowded field, and having a pleasant voice doesn't count for much anymore. Originality in approach, a proclivity for picking songs that stretch the definition of jazz and an elastic understanding of the voice's role in this music have become increasingly important for those looking to make their mark in this domain, and newcomer Nicky Schrire deserves high marks ...

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Brian Adler: The Helium Project Phase 5

Read "The Helium Project Phase 5" reviewed by Dave Wayne


The latest chapter in the musical life of intrepid percussionist and composer Brian Adler springs to life in a most auspicious manner on “Up For Air," part of Adler's ongoing Helium Music Project--comprised solely of downloadable tracks, each featuring a different set of collaborators, recorded in different places, yet with the same musical goals in mind. Ostensibly a collaboration between Adler and trumpeter Matt Holman, “Up For Air" features a nimble, interactive quintet with Holman in an appealing front line ...


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