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Tineke Postma: Freya

Read "Freya" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Following the co-led outing with Greg Osby that was Sonic Halo (Challenge Records, 2014), Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma took a step back from her solo career to raise a family. In the intervening years there were two trio albums with Nathalie Loriers, but Freya-- Postma's debut on Edition Records--marks her comeback as a leader. Inspiration comes in various guises on these ten originals, with motherhood, her surrounding landscape and formidable women all firing her creative juices. Pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter ...

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New Hermitage: Unearth

Read "Unearth" reviewed by Troy Dostert

"Collapsologists" are a new breed of thinker, committed to preparing us for life after civilization as we know it comes to an end. It's hard to read any recent account of the stark realities of climate change, or to grapple with the precarious geopolitical winds now reaching gale force, without giving at least a cursory recognition that this somewhat gloomy endeavor may have a point. In any event, if music is needed to assist in the transition to a new ...

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Ivo Perelman: Deep Resonance

Read "Deep Resonance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is an exceptional innovator, even in a genre where originality and inventiveness are the norms. A stalwart of the international creative music scene, Perelman excels in small, intimate group settings. His collaboration with the string trio Arcado, the stimulating Deep Resonance, is a dramatic and introspective recording which draws equally on free improvisation and western classical music traditions. The first movement is constructed out of a mix of overlapping duets alternating with four individual stream-of-consciousness ...

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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Read "Meet Mike Jurkovic" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had been writing and contributing to more rock and folk oriented publications for years as the Rock 'n' Roll Curmudgeon when a couple of encouraging ...

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Markus Reuter: Sun Trance

Read "Sun Trance" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Markus Reuter has a reputation as a guitar shredding animal. He has been called a power trio kingpin, his artistry referred to as “fearless and ferocious." The cliche “not for the faint of heart" comes to mind on sets like Truce (Moonjune Records, 2020) and Shapeshifter (Moonjune Records, (2020). But he has a softer side, one that presents a music marinated in serenity and subtle beauty—his teaming with multi-instrumentalist (playing piano here) Gary Husband on the ethereally gorgeous Music Of ...

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Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1

Read "Steven Bernstein, Michael Brecker and the Art of Jazz-Hacking the Pop world - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on Steven Bernstein and Michael Brecker, the quintessential jazz-hackers of the pop world. If you heard a compelling saxophone solo on a high-end pop or rock production, especially between the 1970s and 1990s, you could bet it was by Michael Brecker, who over the years has appeared on almost 1000 albums. Likewise, if you have been struck by an elegant yet quirky arrangement on a high-end pop or rock album from the past two ...

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Clemens Kuratle Murmullo: Lies

Read "Lies" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Clemens Kuratle is a young Swiss drummer whose group, Murmullo, puts out an interesting mixture of prog rock, folk music and jazz. The front line combination of saxophone, trombone and guitar gives the band a dense sound where guitarist Franz Hellmueller often sets the tone. He plays long dreamy lines on the brief “Prelude" and strikes up a chattering murmur on “Aunt Rose" which Kuratle and bassist Rafael Jerjen turn into a dub-influenced trio conversation. Then trombonist Florian ...


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