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Travis Reuter: Quintet Music

Read "Quintet Music" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Released as the long-anticipated encore to his avant-garde debut, Rotational Templates (New Focus, 2011), Travis Reuter's Quintet Music is a masterpiece of musical sorcery, brimming with bold invention and innovative creativity. Reuter, a maverick guitarist who is unafraid to color outside the lines, leads his band of equally audacious virtuosos through a sonic wonderland that most musicians only dare to visit in dreams. The quintet, with Peter Schlamb swapping the traditional piano for the vibraphone, tosses the jazz ...

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Stephen Martin: High Plains

Read "High Plains" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Every so often, Missouri-bred saxophonist Stephen Martin bears witness to his main man, the late John Coltrane. But, for the most part, he is his own man on his second album as a leader, blowing hot, cool and earnestly on the quartet date, High Plains. Martin's disposition is decidedly contemporary, as he shows whether playing alone or with his special guests, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson (on Benny Golson's “Stablemates") or tenor saxophonist Matt Otto (on Otto's “Euphony"), two of the ...

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Logan Richardson: AfroFuturism

Read "AfroFuturism" reviewed by Chris May

In a 2016 interview, Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, Shift. Warning! That album sounds positively conservative compared to the paradigm-shattering monster AfroFuturism. Among the latest album's various conceptual references, either intended ...


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