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Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support—sometimes force—over several decades.“That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the phone would never ring again. But I don't have to worry about that now. I might do something with a young musician. I won't charge ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Read "On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment" reviewed by Chris May

Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire rings the changes admirably from album to album. em>On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment is on several levels the most skeletal of his Blue Note outings (it is his fifth album for the label). It is made with a quartet. There is no second horn. The sound is ECM-like in its monastic simplicity. At fifty minutes it is also Akinmusire's most concise work to date. And while substantial portions of The Imagined Savior ...

RADIO

Hermon Mehari, Ezra Collective, Zappa for piano & New Releases

Read "Hermon Mehari, Ezra Collective, Zappa for piano & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The fusion of different musical cultures and genres is at the heart of this edition of Mondo Jazz, where the works of Frank Zappa are given the solo piano treatment by Dave Hartl, Mats Öberg and Stefano Bollani, where a Kansas City expat in Paris, trumpeter Hermon Mehari, explores both his Eritrean roots and his urban inclinations, where the global music of Ajoyo finds its match in the Mathis Sound Orchestra, and where the cutting edge Ezra Collective looks back ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Purdie / Fabian / Oswanski: Move On!

Read "Move On!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

No one receives top billing in this tight-knit trio, which embodies organist Ron Oswanski, bassist Christian Fabian and drummer Bernard “Pretty" Purdie. And that is as it should be, as each of them is indispensable to its success. That success is further predicated on how well the three amigos enhance an agenda that is heavily laden with funk and soul including five greasy compositions by Fabian and others by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and even Julia Ward Howe (a gritty ...

RADIO

Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

When a highly respected saxophonist like David Binney recommends a young up-and-coming musician, I tend to pay attention. Los Angeles trombonist Logan Kane and his Nonet live up to the tip on his new Nope, Science, one of the featured new releases hitting this week. Also of great interest are albums from the much-admired trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, Swiss alto player Omri Ziegele with Han Bennink in tow, guitarist Adam Caine, drummer Mike Pride with saxophonist Jonathan Moritz, and another duo, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Tony Bevan / Ashley Wales: Newton

Read "Newton" reviewed by John Eyles

In the duo Spring Heel Jack, electronicist Ashley Wales experienced working with a range of top-flight saxophonists, including Tim Berne, John Butcher, Evan Parker, John Surman, John Tchicai and Alan Wilkinson. Saxophonist Tony Bevan and Wales first crossed paths in the quintet Bruise alongside bassist John Edwards, drummer Mark Sanders and percussionist Orphy Robinson (the group name coming from their initials, BREWS = Bruise, geddit?) which recorded a live album with Derek Bailey in August 2004, one of ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Matador: Matador V

Read "Matador V" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Uruguayan guitarist, vocalist and composer Matador (Santiago Bogacz), expands his sonic palette on his fifth eponymous solo release. Using only an acoustic guitar Bogacz performs sixteen adventurous originals with his signature dramatic spontaneity. The music on this stimulating album encompasses a wide array of influences that Bogacz deftly melds into a singular, multilayered entity. For instance the melody on “Bimbrrmtuke" with its hypnotic vamps and soulful vocals is reminiscent of the West African griot tradition. Bogacz's agile guitar ...


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