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Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the first time around, it will be just as compelling—maybe even more so—when a significant amount of time has passed since it was last experienced. ...

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Greg Abate & The Tim Ray Trio: Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z

Read "Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If somehow you haven't yet heard saxophonist Greg Abate (pronounced Uh-BAH-tay), now in his seventh decade and as sharp and eloquent an orator as ever, it is high time you did. The Rhode Island native is an earnest post-bopper from the Phil Woods / Bud Shank school of straight-on swinging, and Gratitude, Abate's fourth album with the admirable Tim Ray Trio, happens upon the ensemble in blue-chip form in a lively concert recorded on the cozy stage of the Zeiterion ...

RADIO

Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum

Read "Saxophonist Jessica Jones is on a Continuum" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Jessica Jones Quartet's latest album, Continuum, is the product of an earnest and organic execution of musical creativity. Continuum features Jessica Jones on tenor saxophone, tony Jones on tenor saxophone, Stomu Takeishi on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, Devante Dunbar on alto saxophone, Ed Reed on vocals, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, and Mamadou Sidibe on Kamali ngoni. Joins Jessica and me as we talk about the album, the Bay area, cats in Africa, and other not quite related topics. Playlist ...

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Alex Delcourt: To My Brothers

Read "To My Brothers" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This album by bassist Alex Delcourt is a treasure of a recording, a contemporary mirror of the hard bop movement of the past. It's as if that music awakened from its sleep years later and is as fresh today as it was then. Except for seasoned valve trombonist and trumpeter John Swana, the personnel consists of younger musicians doing the rounds of local clubs in Philadelphia, developing their chops and ideas by doing gigs. This accounts for their spontaneity and ...

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Daniel Cano: Social Music

Read "Social Music" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Interviewed by Bryant Gumbel for NBC's the Today Show in 1982, Miles Davis wrily responded “I don't like that word jazz...I think social music...all the social melodies...out in [the] air...it's not jazz anymore...that's the social music I'm talking about. You take what you want out and leave what you don't like. You know, like food." Thus Davis coined the phrase “social music" which consequently inspired the title of Daniel Cano's album. Following the serpentine intro to the title track, bassist ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

3x3: Piano Trios, vol. V

Read "3x3: Piano Trios, vol. V" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Nick Sanders Trio Playtime 2050 Sunnyside Records 2019 Nick Sanders understandably sees some turbulence ahead at the midpoint of the century (not to mention the decades leading up to it). Disturbing as this cover may seem, though, he and a couple adventurous trio- mates make sure this speculative portrait keeps its focus on the figurative playground. Their sequence of brief musical snapshots covers a wide range of feels with liveliness and try-anything abandon above ...

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Beresford Hammond: Circle Inside The Folds

Read "Circle Inside The Folds" reviewed by John Eyles

Circle Inside the Folds is the fourth album on The 52nd label featuring the duo of guitarist, pianist and vocalist Charlie Beresford with classically-trained cellist Sonia Hammond, following The Science of Snow (2014), The Lightning Bell (2016)--on which the duo were joined by Beresford's Fourth Page band mate pianist Carolyn Hume and guest vocalist Judie Tzuke--and Each Edge of the Field (2017). Where those three previous CDs came packaged in atmospheric monochrome photographs by Beresford's partner in The 52nd label, ...

ETHNOGRAPHIES OF JAZZ

Elder Ones, "From Untruth," and a Threat Called New York: An Essay

Read "Elder Ones, "From Untruth," and a Threat Called New York: An Essay" reviewed by Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah

If what we witness today; rabid expansion of capital and with it, growing class difference, and a renewed interest in Marx; if these were testimony to one thing, it would be Derrida's spook of a wager from his seminal Specters de Marx. Indeed, neo-liberal/conservative sham thinkers such as Fukuyama today find shelter no longer in Hegel, or Nietzsche, whose thorny crown has been casually re-abducted by the Right and moralist “blockheads," e.g. Peterson, but of all in Marx, this time ...

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Ellen Rowe Octet: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

At a time when women are gaining more prominence in every field, it's no surprise there are more and more all-female jazz groups popping up. This particular octet, led by pianist Ellen Rowe, takes that a step farther with a CD that delves into women's history. They have recorded a set of Rowe compositions that honor women from the worlds of politics, arts, sports and science who have inspired her. The album begins with “Ain't I A Woman," ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years

Read "Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years" reviewed by Doug Collette

Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years Robert Dean Lurie 288 pages ISBN: #978-1891241680 Verse Chorus Press 2019 Coming from the unusual angle of a repatriated Southerner by the name of Robert Dean Lurie, Begin The Begin is a fast and fascinating read devoted to the formative period, including the first flush(es) of success that occurred during R.E.M.'s Early Years. As is the case with the best book covers, this one featuring Joanna Schwartz' ...

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Bonsai: Bonsai Club

Read "Bonsai Club" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Bonsai, under their previous moniker Jam Experiment, released one eponymous and extremely good, self-produced CD in 2017. In their new incarnation, they have replaced saxophonist Alexander Bone with violinist / vocalist Dominic Ingham. (To avoid ambiguity, Dominic and trombonist brother Rory—winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards—will be referred to as DI and RI in this review.) Opening with “Bonsai Club," the vocals are the most noticeable aspect of the track. Efficient, but not spectacular, ...

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Luís Lopes: Guillotine

Read "Guillotine" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many people know the opening lines of Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." But how many remember the author goes on to report on an age of wisdom/foolishness, an epoch of belief/incredulity, a season of light/darkness and the spring of hope/winter of despair? He certainly could be writing about recycling/climate warming, diversity/white supremacists and tolerance/religious extremists. Revolution is a suitable topic for Portuguese guitarist Luís ...


Waltz for my Childhood

The last single of Jazzy Sky, a sweet Jazz song, about childhood memories...

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