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JD Parran and Mark Deutsch, Daniel Carter, & Irreversible Entanglements

Read "JD Parran and Mark Deutsch, Daniel Carter, & Irreversible Entanglements" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

California Street Sessions, a new duo recording by reed master JD Parran and bassist Mark Deutsch, is intriguing, particularly when consider the instrumentation: Parran plays a seldom-heard contralto clarinet while Deutsch plays the bazantar, a hybrid bass that he invented himself. The music's excellent too. Other new albums sampled this week come from Daniel Carter and his Telepathic Band, Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons, Vancouver's Malleus Trio, and saxophonist Andrew Rathbun. Plus--there's always one of those--a preview of Protect Your Light ...

Album Review

Amir ElSaffar River of Sound Orchestra: The Other Shore

Read "The Other Shore" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Secondo disco per la Rivers of Sound Orchestra, ensemble creato nel 2015 da Amir ElSaffar con il preciso intento di esplorare in modo originale le culture musicali delle sue origini. ElSaffar è infatti nato negli Stati Uniti da madre statunitense e padre di origini irachene; avvicinatosi precocemente alla musica, ha coltivato quella jazzistica dalla discoteca paterna e quella classica dalle frequentazioni della madre; musicista dalle collaborazioni di altissimo livello--tra gli altri Cecil Taylor e Vijay Iyer--solo da adulto si è ...

Album Review

JD Parran & Mark Deutsch: Omegathorp: Living City

Read "Omegathorp: Living City" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

JD Parran is a consummate musician's musician, a multi-reedist who has performed in a wide variety of settings, most notably with Julius Hemphill and members of St. Louis' Black Artists Group, as well as Anthony Braxton's ensembles; he was also a member of the horn section Robbie Robertson introduces at the start of The Band's Rock of Ages. Recorded live at NYC's Merkin Concert Hall on September 12, 2002, Parran and bassist Mark Deutsch co-lead a group that includes pianist ...


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