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Album Review

Josh Abrams: Cipher

Read "Cipher" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Delmark’s long been about giving local Chicago and Midwest talent a shot. As such, Bob Koester’s decision to place a patronly bet on the talents of bassist Abrams with this debut disc isn’t so unusual. Where the surprise arrives is in the band of compatriots Abrams assembled for the session.

Dörner and Gregorio are from Germany and Argentina respectively. Each represents a colorful braiding of current strains of creative energy in improvised music. The former’s deconstructionist tendencies are ...

Album Review

Josh Abrams: Cipher

Read "Cipher" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It has been Chicago, not New York, that has been the confluence of music of Europe, jazz of the Americas, and improvised music. Whereas NYC claims all things to be “New York" (sort of like Al Gore inventing the internet), music makers in Chicago identify and defer to varying regional influences.

Such is the case on Cipher, where seemingly disparate forces come together to create heady and engaging music. But then leader Josh Abrams has made a career ...

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