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Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom: Beats by Balto! Vol. 2

Read "Beats by Balto! Vol. 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Spinning Beats by Balto Vol. 2 in the midst of a global pandemic brings to mind a quote from Zack de la Rocha: “Fear is your only god on the radio." The Rage Against The Machine frontman is begging you to turn off your radio, but somehow you just can't turn off Balto!'s beats. The brain-child of guitarist Jon Lundbom and Bryan Murray (Bryan And The Haggards, Big Five Chord), the spine-tingling essence of this music confirms what ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: 2016: EPs

Read "2016: EPs" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Quattro EP scaricabili singolarmente oppure un box di quattro CD disponibili a fine anno sono le opzioni a disposizioni di chiunque voglia scoprire l'ultima creatura musicale di Jon Lundbom e i suoi Big Five Chord. Il percorso iniziato tredici anni orsono e sviluppatosi attraverso una serie di album perlopiù entusiasmanti, in una continua e proficua esplorazione sonora attraverso i generi--troviamo rock e jazz, free e Schoenberg, bop e Stockhausen -sembra aver trovato in queste due ore di musica ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their 'A' Game

Read "Bring Their 'A' Game" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Bring Their 'A'Game is an EP release, download only (for now), from the fertile musical imagination of guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord. It is the second in a four part set--following Make Magic Happen. Lundbom's plan is to release four of these download EPs in 2016, then collect them into a four disc box set to sell in the physical copy form near year's end. The three tunes on Bring Their 'A' Game cover the same ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make Magic Happen

Read "Make Magic Happen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Guitarist Jon Lundbom, with his Big Five Chord quintet, has developed the unusual marketing strategy of individually presenting each of a series of four EPs (at lower price points) over the course of 2016 with an option to purchase all as a box set. At approximately one half-hour each, it's a generous proposition; more so, given the quality of the music as witnessed on the first of these releases, Make Magic Happen. Big Five Chord is a solidly ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make Magic Happen

Read "Make Magic Happen" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The computer/internet age ushers in new ways of selling music. Record stores, flipping through bins of long playing albums--long gone. Compact discs--not selling like they used to. Digital downloads--the thing of the future? Guitarist Jon Lundbom has come up with the idea--influenced by trumpeter Dave Douglas' foray into this territory, perhaps, with his Three Views (Greenleaf, 2011)--of releasing four digital EPs, “extended play" sets that clock in at about thirty minutes apiece, spreading those releases over the course of nine ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

Read "Jeremiah" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


La saga del chitarrista Jon Lundbom e dei suoi Big Five Chords giunge con Jeremiah al settimo capitolo ma non per questo viene meno l'energia, la miscela esplosiva di bop, free, rock e avant che aveva caratterizzato il sorprendente album d'esordio nell'ormai lontano 2003. Certo, manca l'effetto sorpresa, gli album successivi hanno proseguito sui sentieri tracciati nell'esordio pur combinandoli e sviluppandoli in vario modo e con sempre maggior attenzione alla scrittura, ma il piacere dell'ascolto di questo manipolo di guastatori ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

Read "Jeremiah" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The seventh album by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his septet Big Five Chord leaves little room for fence sitters. His music, like fellow band members Jon Irabagon and Moppa Elliott of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, walks the razor's edge between clamorous and cultured. It's comfort is often the discombobulation. That said, isn't that what jazz (real jazz) has always been about? Jeremiah his latest release, follows a 2-disc live recording Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2013). While six ...


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