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Mike McGinnis + 9: Outing

Read "Outing" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il nuovo album di Mike McGinnis si riallaccia a un'incisione del 2013 (Roadtrip, RKM) realizzata con un tentet d'identica strumentazione e un solo mutamento d'organico: Caroline Davis al sax contralto prende il posto di Matt Blostein. Dopo il successo del suo trio del 2017/18 con Steve Swallow e Paul Bley (ricordiamo i due album Sunnyside Recurring Dream e Singular Awakening) il clarinettista torna a evidenziare le sue doti di autore e arrangiatore in un medio organico che ...

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Album Review

Caroline Davis’ Alula: Captivity

Read "Captivity" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Quote rosa in perfetto equilibrio in questo nuovo lavoro della quarantaduenne altosassofonista Caroline Davis, al secolo Caroline Rebecca Anson, alla testa di Alula, in edizione riveduta e corretta (con Chris Tordini e Tyshawn Sorey al posto di Matt Mitchell e Greg Saunier, oltre a Val Jeanty, giradischi ed elettronica), e in equilibrio anche il comparto acustico rispetto a quello--chiamiamolo--extra-acustico (con periodici inserti vocali), per un'opera decisamente fuori dagli schemi e da una mai auspicabile prevedibilità. Fisiologicamente marcata ...

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Yuhan Su: Liberated Gesture

Read "Liberated Gesture" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Quest'album rappresenta la libertà che stavo cercando--dice Yuhan Su--una variante di me più raffinata e un messaggio sul periodo in cui ci troviamo». Giunta al quarto disco in un decennio d'attività professionale a New York, la vibrafonista taiwanese conferma d'essere una strumentista di prim'ordine e soprattutto una compositrice e leader innovativa, in equilibrio tra post-bop e avanguardia. I segni erano evidenti nel suo precedente album per la Sunnyside (City Animals, 2018) inciso con un quintetto differente, dove ...

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Yuhan Su: Liberated Gesture

Read "Liberated Gesture" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


A remarkable feature of vibraphonist Yuhan Su's captivating fourth release as a leader, LIberated Gesture, is its cohesiveness and narrative quality. Even though only three tracks are part of a suite, common motifs and logical transitions interconnect all ten. This and the sublime balance between the emotional and the cerebral endows the work with its enchanting impressionism. Pianist Matt Mitchell sets an expectant mood on “Naked Swimmer" with his percussive and sparse chords. Mitchell, together with drummer Dan ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Caroline Davis, Hery Paz & Niescier/Reid/Harris

Read "Caroline Davis, Hery Paz & Niescier/Reid/Harris" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Highlights: Captivity, the new recording by saxophonist Caroline Davis is a pointedly social justice album focused on creating reflection, interrogation and amplification of the essential conversation around incarceration, the prison industrial complex & abolition. It's a very powerful project. Another excellent alto player, Germany's Angelika Niescier hooked up with premier cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Savannah Harris for their new release, Beyond Dragons, and it's one of the best of the year. Another trio from that pool of transplanted Cuban ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Caroline Davis, Legraux Tobrogoï, De Beren Gieren, Jamire Williams & Other New Releases

Read "Caroline Davis, Legraux Tobrogoï, De Beren Gieren, Jamire Williams & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A transatlantic collection of amazing new releases, building bridges between the US and the Belgian, French and British scenes.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Legraux Tobrogoï “Arrête ton char" Pantagruel résolu (Self-released) 0:16 Host talks 5:44 Sébastien Texier “Another Country -Dédié à James Baldwin" We Celebrate Freedom Fighters! (Cristal) 6:52 Host talks 13:23 Joachim Caffonnette Extended “Bittersweet Times" Bittersweet Times (Hypnote) 14:35 Caroline Davis “Highlighter Hearts" Portals, Volume ...

Radio & Podcasts

New releases and a focus on Caroline Davis

Read "New releases and a focus on Caroline Davis" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this episode of the show you'll hear new releases from Ben Wilcock, Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith, William Parker as a leader, and, Francisco Mela featuring Matthew Shipp and William Parker as a sideman. There's also a deep dive into jny: Chicago jazz in 2015 with a focus on alto saxophonist Caroline Davis and various bands she was involved with.Playlist Ben Wilcock “Sol Draconi Septum" from The River Tethys (Thick Records) 00:00 Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith ...


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