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Four Forty One

Read "Four Forty One" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

2020 marks the beginning of Will Vinson's third decade of working and living in New York. Over the years the British-American saxophonist has gained wide recognition as a sideman as well as a leader, with six albums to his name in the bank. Beyond recording highly acclaimed albums for late Gerry Teekens' Criss Cross label, Vinson has appeared with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter or Kurt Elling, to name a few. The 2012 formation “Owl Trio" featuring bassist ...

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Old and new Frank Denyer

Read "Old and new Frank Denyer" reviewed by John Eyles

It can often be difficult for a record label to follow a release as successful as Another Timbre's monumental five-disc set Morton Feldman Piano has proved to be, so the next wave of five releases on the label is particularly interesting. Of the five, two are by British composer Frank Denyer who has had two previous recordings on the label, including its third release, Music for Shakuhachi (2007), which jostled for attention alongside improv releases by players such as John ...

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Kyoko Katsunuma + Jun Miyake: Colomena

Read "Colomena" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

From collaborating with the likes of Arto Lindsay (Ambitious Lovers), Caetano Veloso or Ichiko Aoba, through contributing to the Wim Wenders' 2011 Piana Bausch documentary soundtrack or providing the score to Joseph Ceder's 2016 feature film Norman, to even composing the music for Mercedes-Benz commercials, Japanese composer/trumpeter Jun Miyake's creativity seems inexhaustible. After compiling and producing the very intimate 2018 homage Last Picture (Cristal Records) to his late friend and collaborator Dairo Miyamoto, the Paris-based sound designer is back with ...

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Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley: What If?

Read "What If?" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sixty years after Miles Davis recorded “So What" during his Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959) sessions, the duo of pianist Matthew Shipp and trumpeter Nate Wooley ask the question What If?, as in, “What if, in the 21st century, all music was free?" Free as in free range, without prejudgement, unbiased and without partisanship. Those are lofty goals indeed, but this first-ever duo session between the two virtuosos aims for the stars. And there is liftoff on these ...

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More 2019 Favourites

Read "More 2019 Favourites" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a continued look at 2019 favourites in this edition (the entire first segment, then random thereafter), but some new releases have filtered in as well: drummer Jeff Davis and a great band debut The Fastness, while clarinetist Aaron Novik continues a string of new albums, and one of the premier avant-garde trios--George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger and Gerry Hemingway--celebrate their 30 years together. There's also a track from the Live At The Bushwick series. Playlist William Parker & ...

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Dave Rempis / Joshua Abrams / Avreeayl Ra / Jim Baker: Apsis

Read "Apsis" reviewed by John Sharpe

After appearing on one half of Perihelion (Aerophonic, 2016), keyboardist Jim Baker has joined Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis' working trio with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Avreeayl Ra on a permanent basis. In one respect the band seems one of the most traditional of the reedman's projects. That's largely down to how the instruments in the main stick to their allotted roles and tonalities in two slabs (25 and 35 minutes plus) of unapologetic make-it-up-as-you-go rhythmically inflected ...

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Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Charleston Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Martin McFie

Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston Jazz Festival. The first evening of music was given by local bands at Joe Clarke's recently opened Forte Jazz Lounge on King Street, where ...


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