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Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim Baker. The list of projects and jobs as a sideman grows all the time and Rumback's name has shown up on some of the ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Bite-Sized Morsels

Read "Bite-Sized Morsels" reviewed by Geno Thackara

In among the more usual full-length offerings (arguably one ideal standard for collections of music), it's also good not to overlook the appeal of servings in smaller sizes... Larry Tamanini Front & Center Outer Marker2020 Somewhere at the intersection of urbane contemporary and old-time retro lies a sweet spot where the feel of jazzy cool becomes timeless. Larry Tamanini happily walks that line through this delightful short trip, gliding over the fretboard with ...

CATCHING UP WITH

COVID-19 Quarantines Plague Venues, Labels and Artists

Read "COVID-19 Quarantines Plague Venues, Labels and Artists" reviewed by John Bricker

While musicians and bands are canceling tours because of “stay home" mandates in California and around the world, indie labels, local venues and online platforms are supporting artists by running special promotions, planning online performances and continuing operation as much as possible. After California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide stay-home mandate on March 19 following several counties announcing separate shelter-in-place policies, several local artists and labels responded by canceling tours. Dan Vado, owner of jny: San Jose ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ken Fowser: Morning Light

Read "Morning Light" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Throughout Morning Light, Ken Fowser's latest Posi-Tone Records release, he poses a welcome alternative to the fast-lane excesses of some of his peers on the tenor saxophone. The first thing that sets him apart is a medium-weight tone which doesn't crave attention or take up too much room. His sound sets an example to the rest of the band and discourages an overly aggressive, no-holds-barred approach to the music as a whole. Fowser's eleven serviceable, original compositions spring from recognizable ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Danel Bingert: Berit In Space

Read "Berit In Space" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Berit In Space is available in all formats from LP to CD and digital except cassette, but you don't have to play the vinyl version to get at least some of the vinyl experience. The album's very clever sound incorporates what is described as a “true-vinyl-record-remaster" that includes a needle drop as each “side" begins, plus that end of the “side" snap of the stylus. The sound returns to the warmth of the pre-digital listening experience, as does the music ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Cherry: Cherry Jam

Read "Cherry Jam" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the same year that composer/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry recorded his milestone Complete Communion (Blue Note, 1966) he took his cornet to the studio of Danish National Radio. Cherry had established himself by the early 1960s, playing with Steve Lacy, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, John Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and Ed Blackwell. Copenhagen began a long reign as a Northern European jazz mecca in the 1950s. In 1966 Cherry began a residency at that city's iconic Café Montmartre ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Dragon's Fuel: Pomorandze / Oranges

Read "Pomorandze / Oranges" reviewed by Toj Samaz

Anyone can dance. And dance one will on this Eastern European steam ship. A cruise along the Danube with the taste of rakia (a Balkan spirit) in the mouth. Sharing an unexpected sunny day during winter with a bunch of friends. This could explain the almost childlike song titles. One might wonder whether the title was the source of a song or vice versa. Every piece is simple in conception but executed with musicianly skill. Some pieces are played very ...


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