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Russ Johnson Quartet: Reveal

Read "Reveal" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While he has appeared on seemingly countless releases as a sideman, trumpeter Russ Johnson remains chronically under-recorded as a leader. It thus comes as a cause for rejoicing whenever one sees his name at the top of a release. Thankfully, Calligram Records has helped redress that problem with Reveal, Johnson's latest offering featuring a quartet with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Ethan Philion and drummer Timothy Daisy. Geof Bradfield and Chad McCullough started Calligram with an eye toward showcasing some of ...

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Mark Feldman: Sounding Point

Read "Sounding Point" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Beata solitudine! C'è chi ci si crogiola dentro, come a rimirarsi in un eterno specchio, chi ci si perde (che è spesso un po' la stessa cosa), chi si mette alla prova più che in qualunque altra situazione o contesto. È fortunatamente questa la dimensione scelta da Mark Feldman in questo bellissimo album, inciso a Brooklyn nell'aprile 2020, operando su composizioni per lo più sue (sei su otto), con l'aggiunta di una, l'iniziale “As We Are," della moglie, la pianista ...

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Mark Feldman: Sounding Point

Read "Sounding Point" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Violinist Mark Feldman has long been a consummate sideman, with well over a hundred appearances in that capacity over the course of his career dating back to the 1980s. His inimitable technique and fierce lyricism render him a perfect fit in so many different contexts: in 2020 alone he could be found reunited with the Arcado Trio on Ivo Perelman's Deep Resonance (Fundacja Sluchaj) and as a pivotal part of Susan Alcorn's terrific quintet on Pedernal (Relative Pitch). Feldman's own ...

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Susan Alcorn Quintet: Pedernal

Read "Pedernal" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn has achieved the enviable feat of commanding her own instrumental niche in the jazz world. Much like Toots Thielemans' harmonica, Gary Versace's accordion or Béla Fleck's banjo, she seems to have a unique role all to herself, at least until her substantial talents eventually spawn a host of imitators. From her beginnings playing traditional country and western in the 1980s, she has branched out considerably, in the last decade forging creative partnerships in the free ...

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Ivo Perelman: Deep Resonance

Read "Deep Resonance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is an exceptional innovator, even in a genre where originality and inventiveness are the norms. A stalwart of the international creative music scene, Perelman excels in small, intimate group settings. His collaboration with the string trio Arcado, the stimulating Deep Resonance, is a dramatic and introspective recording which draws equally on free improvisation and western classical music traditions. The first movement is constructed out of a mix of overlapping duets alternating with four individual stream-of-consciousness ...

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Ivo Perelman with Arcado String Trio: Deep Resonance

Read "Deep Resonance" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Throughout his long and prolific recording career, Ivo Perelman has recorded with a large number of free improvisation's leading lights. Pianist Matthew Shipp stands at the top of the pile, with over two dozen joint appearances; Joe Morris, Gerald Cleaver, Whit Dickey, William Parker, and many others help comprise the long list of associates he's maintained since the 1990s. But one would be remiss to ignore the occasional, yet important, work he has done with string players. Violinist/violist Mat Maneri ...

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Mark Feldman's Level 5: The Sybil EP

Read "The Sybil EP" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz-rock fusion may have peaked in popularity back in the 1970s, but it has remained an integral sub-set of jazz ever since. That said, those traits that undermined its force back then--fake funk and over-emphasis on technique--have remained so pervasive within the hybrid that truly distinctive entries in the genre are few and far between. The Sybil EP by Mark Feldman's Level 5, however, is one of those rare and welcome exceptions. Guitarist Oz Noy composed each of ...


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