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Tomas Fujiwara 7 Poets Trio: Pith

Read "Pith" reviewed by John Sharpe

In many ways, Pith, the second offering from drummer Tomas Fujiwara's 7 Poets Trio, pursues the course set by the eponymous debut (Rogue Art, 2020) with its lightly swinging lyricism, moments of reflective calm, and a restrained aesthetic which nonetheless permits adventurous forays. The unusual instrumentation, in which the leader supplements his trapset with Tomeka Reid's cello and Patricia Brennan's vibraphone, promotes a cool, airy feel, which at times recalls the chamber elegance and collective give and take of the ...

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Angelika Niescier, Tomeka Reid and Savannah Harris: Beyond Dragons

Read "Beyond Dragons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Fans of alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier already know her to be one of the most exciting voices on her instrument--someone who can shift instantly from pensive reveries to tempestuous maelstroms. And she has worked with a growing list of top-shelf partners, including drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Chris Tordini, both of whom appeared on her excellent Berlin Concert (Intakt Records, 2018), and drummer Gerald Cleaver and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, who joined Tordini and Niescier on her New York Trio (Intakt ...

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Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio: Pith

Read "Pith" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The instructions that came with Tomas Fujiwara's 2019 release, 7 Poets Trio (RogueArt), read, “I'd like to tell you as little as possible about this music before you listen to it... and create your own scenes for which these songs can be soundtracks." The same advice is warranted for Fujiwara's 7 Poets Trio follow up recording Pith. Historically, the talented composer and drummer writes music with his band mate's individual voices in mind. He does so in ensembles ...

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Art Ensemble Of Chicago: The Sixth Decade: From Paris to Paris

Read "The Sixth Decade: From Paris to Paris" reviewed by John Sharpe

Having first come to international prominence in Paris at the end of the '60s, it seems fitting for the Rogue Art imprint to celebrate the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's progression into their sixth decade in the same city. This double CD documents the performance of an extended AEC at the Sons d'hiver Festival in February 2019. Only reedman & composer Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Famoudou Don Moye survive from the original quintet but, rather than accept this as a limitation, ...

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Ingrid Laubrock: The Last Quiet Place

Read "The Last Quiet Place" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock always seems to search out new instrumental configurations for her music. This time out, she and her musical and life partner, drummer Tom Rainey, collaborate with a quartet of accomplished string players, guitarist Brandon Seabrook, violinist Mazz Swift, cellist Tomeka Reid, and bassist Michael Formanek. Together they create stimulating music which can be many things. At different times it sounds formal, urgent, placid, and violent. “Afterglow" and “Anticipation" explore some of the classical possibilities of ...

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ArtActs 2023

Read "ArtActs 2023" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

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Ingrid Laubrock: The Last Quiet Place

Read "The Last Quiet Place" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

A tre anni e mezzo dalla sua incisione (settembre 2019), giunge all'ufficialità della pubblicazione questo notevole album della cinquantaduenne sassofonista tedesca Ingrid Laubrock, capace di regalarci una volta di più testimonianza eloquente del suo valore, come tutta una serie di collaborazioni quanto mai prestigiose e la sua stessa produzione discografica, abbondante ed esauriente, ci avevano detto con chiarezza di dettagli. Qui la stessa conformazione del sestetto protagonista del lavoro, con ben quattro strumenti a corde di cui ...


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