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Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s

Read "Frank Sinatra: Myth, Reality and a Critic Standing in Line at Arby’s" reviewed by Steve Provizer

The mere act of re-releasing a 1960 Frank Sinatra album speaks to the fact that his name still creates ripples when tossed into the cultural pond; still has the power to inspire a reaction when other other vocal stars of yore have receded into distant memory. An ocean of ink has been spilled in portraits and musical criticism of the “Chairman of the Board," some of it merely respectful, most adulatory. Long ago, the rough, mafia-inflected edges were smoothed out ...

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Patrick Brennan/Maria do Mar/Ernesto Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Hernâni Faustino/Abdul Moimême: The Sudden Bird of Waiting

Read "The Sudden Bird of Waiting" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Portuguese violist Ernesto Rodriques has appeared as a leader/co-leader on almost two-hundred recordings. He has recorded with The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the Luso-Scandinavian Avant Music Orchestra, and several other ensembles. Rodriques was in Lisbon in 2018 when Portuguese native Abdul Moimême and American saxophonist Patrick Brennan were recording their duo venture Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019). At Rodriques' suggestion, the artists launched a project that would pair their experimental skills with an improvising Lisbon string quartet. The resulting album, The ...

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Mia Zabelka: Myasmo

Read "Myasmo" reviewed by John Eyles

Although her first album was released in 1987, Austrian violinist and vocalist Mia Zabelka has not released many recordings, Myasmo being the twenty-sixth. Despite impressive albums by groupings such as Trio Blurb, those featuring Zabelka solo stand out; so it is a pleasure to report that Myasmo is the latest addition to that select collection. For Zabelka herself it is the development of her solo album Monday Sessions (Creative Sources, 2015). Whereas that album was recorded on four Mondays in ...

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A selection of brand new music

Read "A selection of brand new music" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week all new sounds: Jacksonville Florida Jazz Collective Madre Vaca interpret the music of Franz Schubert with their take on the Winterreise song cycle. Another release from the new label 9donkeys with a live recording of Tim Berne, David Torn and Ches Smith as Sun of Goldfinger. A stunning new album of jazz orchestra compositions and arrangements, played by some of Australia's finest musicians, from Melbourne based composer Vanessa Perica. A remarkable live recording by Massimo Magee, ...

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Ryan Cohan: Originations

Read "Originations" reviewed by Paul Rauch

There is a risk in creating art that reflects in essence, one's own personal journey. What that journey reveals within the context of one life may not carry the same value to a collective audience. In the case of Chicago based composer/pianist Ryan Cohan, his explorative delve into his own bi-cultural roots as presented on his new release, Originations (Origin, 2020), would not resonate with listeners if the music itself was not thrilling. Music provides unity like no other communicative ...

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The Cocaine Years

Read "The Cocaine Years" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Listeners of a certain age will remember the Saturday Night Live “sound"--all squealing saxophones and twice-removed soul gestures. In this podcast we talk about one possible precursor to the sound and three of its best known practitioners--some of whom may or may not have partaken in Bolivian Marching Powder from time to time. No Pop Matters this round, as it ended up growing so big it got its own .5 edition. Playlist Discussion of Donald Byrd's album Street ...

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Michael Malis: Dualisms

Read "Dualisms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Detroit-based pianist Michael Malis has long been a part of his troubled city's fabled resurgence, and that legacy puts him in an ideal position to address the emotional polarities intrinsic to 2020. That unique mixture of despair and hope, anger and resilience, grief and joy, that so many have experienced in whipsaw fashion, seems ideally suited to musical engagement and, fortunately, Malis has provided just that with his latest release, Dualisms. But it is not just a compelling musical statement ...


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