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Jason Stein / Marilyn Crispell / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: spi​-​raling horn

Read "spi​-​raling horn" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

spi-raling horn by these genre-destroying avant-garde jazz artists is a whirlwind journey through the vast landscapes of jazz, where the boundaries between tradition and innovation blur into a kaleidoscope of ultrasonic exploration. This album is not just a collection of tracks, but a sonic crusade led by a quartet of virtuosos who wield their instruments like sorcerers conjuring spells. From the start, listeners are transported into a realm where bass clarinet giant Jason Stein with legendary piano great ...

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Joe Lovano Trio Tapestry: Our Daily Bread

Read "Our Daily Bread" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Rising from a serene inner place, the music takes shape like prayer. That it is prayer that lies at the beating heart of all eight spacious spirituals that comprise Our Daily Bread, should come as no surprise. Bearing the expressive quietism of his ancestors--John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, and Ornette Coleman among them--saxophonist Joe Lovano has never hid his leaning towards higher powers. Imagine Trio Tapestry's third deep listening, deeply rewarding ECM release as a house of worship at ...

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Yuma Uesaka, Marilyn Crispell: Streams

Read "Streams" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La grande ed esperta pianista Marilyn Crispell incontra in questo lavoro il giovane e talentuoso sassofonista e clarinettista di origini giapponesi Yuma Uesaka per dar vita a un album caratterizzato dall'equilibrata alternanza di scrittura e improvvisazione, lirismo e libertà. La Crispell ha lavorato con molti dei più importanti maestri del jazz e dell'improvvisazione—da Anthony Braxton a Gary Peacock e Paul Motian—e ha una particolare predilezione per il lavoro in duo, che mette qui a frutto sul materiale messo ...

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Dreamstruck, Jon Irabagon, Jesse Morrow & Clean Feed Releases

Read "Dreamstruck, Jon Irabagon, Jesse Morrow & Clean Feed Releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

One of the memorable piano trio releases of 2022 should be With Grace In Mind from the trio Dreamstruck. Marilyn Crispell, Joe Fonda & Harvey Sorgen are among the finest at their craft and together they create original music from original ideas. Also on the playlist this week, Jon Irabagon's steamin' quartet, several albums from Italy by pianist Alberto Braida, guitarist Nicolo Francesca Faraglia and vocalist Monica Nica Agosti, three new releases from Clean Feed (Red Desert Orchestra, Marek Pospiezalski, ...

Album Review

Clint Bahr: Puzzlebox

Read "Puzzlebox" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Puzzlebox is precisely that: A hard-cover box of musical curios arranged around an 11-minute improvisation ("As Tympani Melt in the Greek Heat") performed not by a band but by a rotating caravan of progressive jazz and rock musicians organized by multi-instrumentalist and composer Clint Bahr. Bahr's collaborators in this curious collection include pianist Marilyn Crispell, violinist David Cross, the late Yes guitarist Peter Banks and other musicians who have performed with artists as far-ranging as Sun Ra and Rahsaan Roland ...

Album Review

Dreamstruck: With Grace In Mind

Read "With Grace In Mind" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With over one hundred and twenty-five years of gigging and recording between them, one might rightfully argue that pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Joe Fonda, and drummer Harvey Sorgen have said, played, performed, and heard everything that needs be said, played, performed, and heard. The argument could continue that the trio-- Dreamstruck-- have individually and collectively contributed to some of the best by such fellow travelers as Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, Carla Bley, Archie Shepp, Paul Motian, and Pauline Oliveros. But, ...

Extended Analysis

Brass And Ivory Tales

Read "Brass And Ivory Tales" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Innovative saxophonist Ivo Perelman celebrates his 60th birthday with the release of a magnum opus, Brass And Ivory Tales. Recorded over a period of seven years, this nine-volume box set is impressive in both its depth and breath as it matches Perelman with a different piano master per disc. The improvised duets are usually the first documented meeting between the two musicians and the instant and rapidly evolving synergy is fresh and thrilling. Both remarkable and expected is Perelman's ability ...


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