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Curtis + Garabedian + Sperrazza: New Year

Read "New Year" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This is a compelling slice of Brooklyn unburdened. With no real restrictions, stratification, expectations or requirements to speak of, three friends and fellow seekers document their truth(s) in sound. Burrowing into their shared experiences in the Borough of Kings, and discovering tunnels and wormholes in the process, they come out on the other end with music that's as pure in spirit as it is honest to the improviser's art. This trio collective comprised of saxophonist Caleb Curtis, ...

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Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran: Freebird

Read "Freebird" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based Walking Distance garners the benefits of upper echelon pianist Jason Moran appearing on select tracks. The ensemble sparks memories of older, Charlie Parker-inspired ensembles like Supersax, featuring saxophonists Warne Marsh, Med Flory and many others. But this young band doesn't mimic or perform hard bop with a strict allegiance to the infancy of this idiom, as they propel matters into a futuristic game plan on this rousing set. Invigorating compositions and a few unorthodox methodologies ...

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Caleb Wheeler Curtis: Brothers

Read "Brothers" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brotherhood comes in multiple forms--genetic, fraternal, and professional, to mention the most applicable--but all are bound by a sense of fellow feeling and shared experience(s). That truth rests at the heart of this, saxophonist Caleb Wheeler Curtis' debut album. The obvious nods to brotherhood here come in the form of this album's title, its freewheeling and mercurial title track, and a cover photo showing the leader (on the left) and his younger brother, Nico, as children. But ...


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