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Dave Liebman: Live at Smalls

Read "Live at Smalls" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Tre ampi brani per un totale che supera di un po' i settanta minuti di musica tirata e vibrante, colta dal vivo nel gennaio 2022 al celebre jazz club newyorchese, compongono questo notevole nuovo lavoro di Dave Liebman, una delle presenze più significative (e incidenti) della scena jazzistica ormai da oltre quarant'anni. Il gruppo protagonista dell'incisione, del resto, è di prima grandezza, a partire dal pirotecnico (ma mai per miracol mostrare, come si suol dire) trombettista Peter Evans, che si ...

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Andrew Rathbun: The Speed Of Time

Read "The Speed Of Time" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Not one to avoid concepts and ambitious outings, Andrew Rathbun's to-date masterpiece, The Atwood Suites (Origin Records, 2018), explored the poetry of his countrywoman, writer Margaret Atwood. In 2023, he tackles time. Time is a funny thing. Its perceived speed is malleable. It tends toward an increasing velocity as one moves into middle age and beyond. It can crawl at a snail's pace (during a root canal treatment, for example) and it can race ahead with wild abandon--that ...

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The Angelica Sanchez Nonet: Nighttime Creatures

Read "Nighttime Creatures" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pubblicato dalla Pyroclastic Records, Nighttime Creatures è il magistrale debutto del nonet della pianista Angelica Sanchez, organico che riunisce alcuni protagonisti della scene musicali di New York, Los Angeles e San Francisco: i sassofonisti Chris Speed e Michael Attias, il clarinettista Ben Goldberg, il cornettista Kenny Warren, il trombettista Thomas Heberer, il chitarrista Omar Tamez, il contrabbassista John Hébert e il batterista Sam Ospovat. Trasferitasi nel 1994 a New York da Phoenix (Arizona), Angelica è parte dell'Exploding ...

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Dave Liebman: Dave Liebman: Live at Smalls

Read "Dave Liebman: Live at Smalls" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A brief, charged commencement by Dave Liebman and trumpeter Peter Evans (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Mary Halvorson) launches Dave Liebman: Live at Smalls and from there the nocturne reaches out like a rhizome—laterally, vertically, horizontally—thriving into your consciousness, taking root, expanding . . . Free jazz is and will always be a fertile mind-field, an active landscape where veterans such as the quintet here at Smalls, post-plague, in a city pulled apart by fact and fiction, ...

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Frank Carlberg Trio: Reflections 1952

Read "Reflections 1952" reviewed by Mark Corroto

How does one approach a Thelonious Monk tribute recording? Does the pianist sound like Monk? Truthfully, it is rare for a musician to replicate the high priest of bebop's distinctive and eccentric sound. Walter Davis Jr. could, but most other attempts are easily exposed as forgeries. The finest tributes are the ones that originate with the musician's language, like the South American sounds of Danilo Perez' Panamonk (Impulse!, 1996), Steve Lacy's soprano saxophone interpretations or guitarist Miles Okazaki's covers. Add ...

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Dave Liebman: Trust And Honesty

Read "Trust And Honesty" reviewed by Chris May

Dave Liebman's Trust And Honesty is the third release in Newvelle Records' limited edition audiophile-vinyl autumn 2022 Renewal Collection. It follows Elan Mehler's There Is A Dance and Michael Blake's Combobulate, both previously reviewed on these pages. Liebman's album is an unassuming little gem. It takes a master musician to take a selection of familiar ballads, give them simple, straightforward readings with an average duration of around four minutes, and come up with something so lovely and ...

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Benoît Delbecq 4: Gentle Ghosts

Read "Gentle Ghosts" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quando ci capita di incontrare, discograficamente parlando, il pianista francese Benoît Delbecq, cinquantasei anni il prossimo giugno, non rimaniamo mai delusi, e questo suo ultimo lavoro, inciso a Parigi nel settembre 2019, non fa eccezione. Vi è all'opera il suo oliatissimo, efficientissimo quartetto, cui il tenore di Mark Turner dà la sua classica impronta, diafana, sorniona, vigorosamente pensosa (un contrasto in termini? e perché mai?), cui il parterre che lo affianca, anche grazie alla puntualità strutturale di ...


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