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Jason Stein: Silver Dollar

Read "Silver Dollar" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The record label's name--NoBusiness Records--should be warning enough. Silver Dollar is not an album trying to make friends. Contents are under pressure and probably dangerous. The group releasing said record, Threadbare, is a sonic-terrorist cell comprised of Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Ben Cruz on electric guitar and Emerson Hunton on drums. Once past the trappings (check out the impressively minimalist cover art work--who knew hard currency could be so scary?), you'll find an accomplished and reasonably rewarding set of ...

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Ring in the New

Read "Ring in the New" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

This is our first podcast of 2019 and, to celebrate, we're discussing albums by up-and-coming artists released in the last few months. From angular art-jazz with post production flourishes to hard-core live free-form blowing and experimental bass clarinet thrusting, we've got it all--even post bop with a Christian bent! Stay tuned for Mike dissecting Bab's holiday album and Pat apologizing for his vinyl addiction. Playlist Discussion of Telepatia Liquida's self-titled album (577 Records) 4:30 Discussion of Gabriel ...

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Hearts & Minds: Electroradiance

Read "Electroradiance" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It took millions and millions of years of evolution to produce dinosaurs that weighed 40 tons. Who'd have thunk it possible that those creatures are the ancestors of modern birds? Same consideration might be applied to the trio Heart & Minds. That is, if you're not into the whole creationist jazz scene. Some of those dinosaurs appeared to be a bizarre patchwork of feathers, armor, and teeth. Really big teeth. But there was an internal logic to these evolutionary adaptations, ...

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Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline

Read "After Caroline" reviewed by Mark Corroto

By 2018 he doesn't have to do it. Do what? Prove himself, and maybe also demonstrate the bass clarinet worthy of leading an ensemble. Jason Stein has the bona fides these days, proof being his much admired quartet and trio Locksmith Isidore. His trio was the opening act for his sister, comedian Amy Schumer's 10,000-seat arena tour the past few years and some of that rock star juju clings to After Caroline, the fourth release by Locksmith Isidore.

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The Delmark Sound: Jason Stein Quartet and Corey Dennison Band

Read "The Delmark Sound: Jason Stein Quartet and Corey Dennison Band" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Delmark Records has been a jny: Chicago institution for better than 60 years, most under the watchful eye of founder Bob Koester. The label remains the oldest jazz and blues record label operating in the United States. Like its fabled successor, ECM, the label sports a sonic world all its own. While an odd comparison, any jazz enthusiast breathing air recognizes and understands the “ECM Sound." Demark has a similar distinctive sound. No, it is not that light and vaporous ...

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Jason Stein Quartet: Lucille

Read "Lucille" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein continues to curve a niche in the jazz world, but it's not what you might assume. Listeners straightaway assume that he is an idiosyncratic outlier because his sole instrument is the bass clarinet. We've grown accustomed to saxophonists like Eric Dolphy and David Murray doubling on the bass clarinet. Stein's constancy to this one woodwind instrument, like Germany's Rudi Mahal, is unequivocal, yet the sound of the instrument doesn't define his trajectory.Stein plots an unconventional and ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Stein Quartet: The Story This Time

Read "The Story This Time" reviewed by Nic Jones

The two horns, bass and drums quartet is becoming a commonplace grouping even though it hasn't quite reached the saturation point of the piano-bass-drums trio. A consequence of this instrumentation is the obvious decline in novelty value and, indeed, the ability to catch the ear, but this is a leader and group only too aware of that, which explains why this is such a fresh body of music. Jason Stein also plays the bass clarinet exclusively, which in a sense ...


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