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House of Waters: The Fresh Fountain of Fusion

Read "House of Waters: The Fresh Fountain of Fusion" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Fascinating is the first word that comes to mind, followed by insightful, sophisticated, adventurous, engrossing, and perhaps even astounding. Am I making reference to House of Water's most recent record, Rising (GroundUP, 2019) or am referring to a conversation with the three accomplished and notably bright musicians who comprise House of Waters? The answer is yes. Moto Fukushima is a melodic and rhythmic bassist beyond borders. Drummer Ignacio Rivas-Bixio traverses on imaginative percussive journeys. Then there is Max ZT. What ...

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Nat Birchall: The Storyteller: A Musical Tribute To Yusef Lateef

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The recent deification of Yusef Lateef rests on the first decade of his long recording career, from 1957—1967, when he extended the language of jazz to include elements of Asian and Middle Eastern musics while recording for Savoy, Prestige and Impulse. After a second decade with Atlantic, where he recorded ten stonkingly good soul-jazz albums, Lateef took up with Creed Taylor's CTI and began a sad decline into noodling wallpaper music. This period was documented exhaustively on Lateef's YAL label ...

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Dave Holland, Louis Moholo, Ben Van Gelder, Emma Frank & Other New Releases

Read "Dave Holland, Louis Moholo, Ben Van Gelder, Emma Frank & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

After three weeks of thematic episodes, we have to get back to checking what's new and what's coming up... The piles of new and upcoming releases have been building up and we could not wait any longer. So here's to a great episode with new, upcoming and reissued gems, featuring the music of Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter, Ben Van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Emma Frank, Craig Taborn, Louis Moholo and many other creative minds. Happy listening! ...

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Bill O'Connell and The Afro Caribbean Ensemble: Wind Off The Hudson

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Bill O'Connell has had plenty to say with his piano in recent times, basically knocking out a session a year for the Savant imprint. And with an exploration within the solo format, a trip with an augmented trio, and ventures promoting a medium-sized conglomerate of heavy-hitters, he's certainly traversed quite an expanse there. But, as Wind Off The Hudson clearly shows, he's still got room grow. The Afro Caribbean Ensemble--his largest on-record gathering of late, and a ...

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Mu: Free Energy!

Read "Free Energy!" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The Greek letter mu is used in physics notation to represent the coefficient of friction--and accordingly, this wacky and brainy crew could have hardly chosen a more relatable handle. The name seems to conflict with inventor Nikola Tesla's famous concept of free (i.e. all-natural) energy, but the clash is pretty apt for Free Energy!, which revels in such craziness. The friction they create comes from wildly mashing up a few stylistic elements that aren't always known for compatibility--in large part ...

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Roy Budd: Get Carter

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A classic movie needs a classic soundtrack, and composer and pianist Roy Budd delivered that with his music for Mike Hodges' iconic crime movie, Get Carter (1971). Without the opportunity of working with a grand orchestra, he made the most out of a low budget and tailored the sounds to the raw realism of the movie. The ethos of Get Carter was based on minimalism and it's perhaps surprising how little incidental music there is in a ...

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Anders Lonne Gronseth: Theory Of Anything

Read "Theory Of Anything" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

2018 saw the release of the eponymous debut of Norwegian reedman Anders Lonne Gronseth's quintet, Multiverse (Pling Music). 2019 opened the door to Theory Of Anything, music recorded by the group at the same session. The sound is Nordic cool and patient in its unfolding, with Gronseth's compositions leaving the doors wide open to spontaneity and interaction. The music is largely improvised, but it doesn't sound so. Motifs congeal, and a patient cerebralism pervades. This is the same ...

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Fabrizio Sciacca: Gettin' It There

Read "Gettin' It There" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Make no mistake about it, Fabrizio Sciacca isn't merely “gettin' it there." He's already got it here. This debut from the Berklee- and Manhattan School of Music-trained bassist presents an artist with solid intonation, impeccable time, a warm and enveloping tone, and an ear for melody. In short, he has it all. Leading a top-shelf group filled-out with pianist Donald Vega, drummer Billy Drummond and guest tenorist Jed Levy, Sciacca starts off with a nod to Sam ...

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Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More

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This week we start with a cat that has seen many jazz roads and is itching to get down many more, Bob Sheppard with a track off his latest CD The Fine Line. We then visit the world of Horace Silver and vibes cat Mike Dillon doing an Elliot Smith cover. We hear new material from drummer Dave Robbins and visit the music of Kansas City saxophonist Herschel McWilliams. From there, we hear Jack Sels, Milt Herth, Sheldon Pickering and ...

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Gabriel Ferrandini: Volúpias

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Portuguese drummer Gabriel Ferrandini seeks out a different path on Volúpias. He puts aside the bustling asymmetric momentum, familiar from his tenure in the celebrated Red Trio and with saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio, to explore compositional realms. In 2016 he started his new approach with an artistic residency in the prestigious ZDB venue, where he was joined by bassist Hernâni Faustino (from the Red Trio) and tenor saxophonist Pedro Sousa (his partner in the punning PeterGabriel duo). The result ...