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Chicago Edge Ensemble: The Individualists

Read "The Individualists" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's trot out the old New York versus Chicago rivalry. Just like with their sports teams (Jets vs. Bears, Knicks vs. Bulls, etc.) music fans feel a need to chose sides. It has been like that since Louis Armstrong left the Windy City for the Big Apple in 1924 and Sun Ra in 1961. Sure NYC is the center of the world for individual jazz musicians, but Chicago has always been a more communal place for music making. Consider the ...

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Natural Information Society: Since Time is Gravity

Read "Since Time is Gravity" reviewed by Danen Jobe

The concept of trance is one of the oldest in the world. Many older music forms embraced trance for their rituals. One is the Gnawa musical tradition originating in Kano, Nigeria and Morocco, which uses double and triple notes repeated sometimes for hours to induce a religious state while the singer sings stories of spirits. It is played on a gimbri (aka sintir or hajhuj), a three stringed instrument featuring one short and two long goat gut strings over a ...

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Mars Williams: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC

Read "An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For more than a decade, Mars Williams has been making (to borrow a phrase) Christmas music great again. He does so by exchanging the saccharine for the sublime, intersecting holiday classics with the music of Albert Ayler. Born out of his Chicago Ayler repertory band which can be heard on Witches And Devils At The Empty Bottle</em> (Knitting Factory Records, 2000), Williams applied the Gospel and spiritual nature of Ayler's methodology to Xmas music. While the eponymously titled first volume ...

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Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet: Blue Shots From Chicago

Read "Blue Shots From Chicago" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chicago, a city of big shoulders, continues to present proof of poet Carl Sandburg's words from the poem of the same name... “Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning." Why is this? Because Chicago in 2020 remains the same as evoked in these words from 1914, “fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action." It is a city that welcomes all comers who can bring ...

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Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop

Read "A Dance and a Hop" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Già nel titolo è celato il carattere del CD: una danza e un salto. Leggerezza, equilibrio in continuo divenire, senso della melodia e del disegno globale. E anche brevità, luminosità, seppure percorsa dalle inflessioni dolenti del blues, da inserti agrodolci, meditativi. Da increspature del suono tornito della cornetta di Josh Berman, che scivola talvolta in avvitamenti, effetti gutturali, brontolii, timbri strozzati, sovracuti laceranti. Sintomi del blues che percorrono tutto questo lavoro, non solo nel brano intitolato così. ...

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Josh Berman Trio: A Dance And A Hop

Read "A Dance And A Hop" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is a permanent exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago of 68 miniature rooms. These dollhouses for adults recreate American, French, and English rooms from last century and three centuries ago at a scale of 1 inch to a foot. Visitors lean in to marvel at the amazing detail. Drapery, carpets, and tea cups are reproduced with uncompromising skill. Same can be said for A Dance And A Hop from cornetist Josh Berman. His vest-pocket music approach invites you ...

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Bererberg Trio: Josh Berman - Christoph Erb - Fred Lonberg-Holm: Feel Beetrr

Read "Feel Beetrr" reviewed by Libero Farnè

L'improvvisazione radicale è come il blues! Vale a dire sempre uguale a se stessa e sempre diversa: uguale e pervicacemente ripetitiva nel metodo, nella prassi e negli obiettivi perseguiti nei decenni, sempre minutamente diversa nei risultati, variando di volta in volta gli umori, i retroterra culturali, le capacità espressive, le personalità dei singoli creatori. Ovviamente variano di conseguenza l'affiatamento, la motivazione e la qualità del loro interplay. In particolare in questo CD (che fra l'altro conferma l'attenzione dedicata ...


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