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Album Review

Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez: A Letter To The Earth

Read "A Letter To The Earth" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


From the onset of its spiraling, corkscrew self, A Letter to the Earth finds two ever-emerging forces--pianist Kris Davis and drummer Ivanna Cuesta Gonzalez--locked into the mindset that home base (Earth) is screwed-up and (we) had better do something about it! Like yesterday. Gonzalez, hailing from the climate-buffeted Dominican Republic, knows firsthand of what she speaks. Revealing a hyper sense of self and her surroundings, she intuits the chaos and combat ahead. The pretty pictures of ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Kris Davis: Defining Jazz's Vanguard

Read "Kris Davis: Defining Jazz's Vanguard" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Today, the Spotlight shines On Grammy-winning pianist and composer Kris Davis. Kris joined us in the wake of the September 2023 release of her album Live at the Village Vanguard (Pyroclastic Records). Live at the Village Vanguard is the second release from her band Diatom Ribbons, an adventurous quintet featuring drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, turntablist and electronic musician Val Jeanty, bassist Trevor Dunn--and new addition, the guitarist Julian Lage. In addition to talking about ...

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Radio & Podcasts

I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo

Read "I Wished On The Moon - A Birthday Shoutout To Dorothy Parker Plus New Releases From Kris Davis, Don Braden, Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo, Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons, Don Braden and Linda Purl, with birthday shoutouts to Dorothy Parker (I Wished On the Moon, How Am I To Know), Alice Coltrane, Vicki Burns, Nanny Assis, Mimi Fox, Nicky Schrire, Linda May Han Oh, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they can continue to distract, comfort, provoke and ...

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Album Review

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The term “proof of concept" might be the appropriate subtitle to Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons' Live At The Village Vanguard. Her concept, first heard on the eponymous release Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic, 2019), is demonstrated on two discs taken from 12 sets over six nights at the famed Greenwich Village nightclub. The pianist does indeed verify that her concepts have practical application. She initially formed a core group, a quartet with bassist Trevor Dunn, turntablist and electronics composer Val Jeanty (aka ...

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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Rogue pianist and noted polymath Kris Davis exercises the mercurial fluidity of her future-forward-thinking quartet, Diatom Ribbons--drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, turntablist and electronic musician Val Jeanty, and bassist Trevor Dunn--ushers guitarist Julian Lage into the maelstrom and voila! Another memorable Live at the Village Vanguard emerges boldly and triumphantly. As befits Davis and company, the collective energy running rampant on this two-disc set is hard to pin down, but it is as palpable and discernible as a cut ...

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Album Review

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: As Things Do

Read "As Things Do" reviewed by Troy Dostert


The Elusion Quartet has become one of bassist Michael Formanek's more formidable ensembles, even if it is a more recent project than his long- standing work with Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson in Thumbscrew, or the many recordings he has made with prominent saxophonists ranging from Tim Berne to Marty Ehrlich and Ellery Eskelin. Although As Things Do is only the second release by the group, it is a superb album in every respect and a strong contender for year-end ...

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Umbria Jazz Winter 2022

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2022" reviewed by Libero Farnè


Umbria Jazz Winter 29 Orvieto Varie sedi 28.12.22--1.1.23 Nel programma della ventinovesima edizione del festival orvietano, la prima pagina era interamente dedicata alla memoria di Franco Fayenz, scomparso il 25 ottobre 2022; critico dall'impronta unica, capace di conciliare analisi musicale e sana divulgazione, era anche un amico storico di Umbria Jazz. Nel presentare il concerto d'apertura al Teatro Mancinelli, anche Enzo Capua ha ricordato il prezioso lavoro lasciatoci dal giornalista. Purtroppo, da un punto di ...


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