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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One would imagine that a musician as chameleon-like as saxophonist Jon Irabagon, capable of playing in any genre, in any context, at any time, must have a real challenge finding unexplored territory. Equally adept at mainstream blowing, as on Observer (Concord, 2009), energized free-bop with Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor, the no-holds-barred mania of his assorted outings with Mostly Other People Do the Killing and, of course, the many consistently creative projects under his own name, Irabagon would appear to be ...

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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon has explored an immense amount of territory so far in his career such as mainstream and progressive jazz, hip hop, free improvisation and many other areas. This new two disc effort brings two of his more off-the-beaten-path projects together. CD 1, Invisible Guests, contains classical works featuring a string quartet while CD 2, Dark Horizon: Live From The Mausoleum, is a set of live solo improvisations on the mezzo soprano saxophone. The meat of the ...

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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The inexhaustibly adventurist saxophonist Jon Irabagon has repeatedly challenged his listeners with each project he undertakes. The 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition champion and former member of the rebel outfit Mostly Other People Do The Killing can be heard in Mary Halvorson's projects, The Dave Douglas Quintet, and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, beside leading his own trio, quartet and quintets. But then again, maybe he is continually challenging himself to expand his music in new directions. Invisible Horizon ...

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Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller, Vincent Peirani and New Releases

Read "Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller, Vincent Peirani and New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Another week replete with beautiful new releases, and re-releases, from the etheral to the political, both catchy and heart-brakingly gorgeous, from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Happy listening! Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Vincent Peirani “What Power Art Thou" Living Being II: Night Walker (ACT) 0:16 Host talks 6:01 Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game “116th & Congress" Parlour Game (The Royal Potato Family) 8:00 Tom ...

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Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks

Read "Jon Irabagon, Charlie Parker, New Releases And Archive Picks" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A focus on the recent album from Jon Irabagon, a trio of Charlie Parker related tunes, a song in remembrance of Randy Weston and lots more... Playlist Jon Irabagon “The Demon Barber of Fleet Week" from Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics (Irrabagast) 00:00 Randy Weston “Blues for Strayhorn" from Monterey '66 (Verve) 12:20 Wayne Shorter & Milton Nascimento “Ponta de Areia" from Native Dancer (Columbia) 19:35 Marcin Wasilewski “Spark of Life/Sudovian Dance" from Live (ECM) 25:22 Jon Irabagon ...

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Jon Irabagon Quartet with Tim Hagans: Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics

Read "Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon is best known for his long tenure with Mostly Other People Do the Killing (MOPDtK), beginning with This Is Our Moosic (Hot Cup Records, 2008) and through the majority of that group's releases up to 2017's Loafer's Hollow. But along the way to Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics, he has accumulated an eclectic resume. His Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog) (Jazz Village, 2014), with French composer and multi-reedist Sylvain Rifflet, was a moving and exuberant tribute ...

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Jon Irabagon: Inaction is an Action & Behind the Sky

Read "Jon Irabagon: Inaction is an Action & Behind the Sky" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a rare musician who can find ways to excel in multiple contexts, but saxophonist/composer Jon Irabagon is just such an artist. His timeline contains entries as collaborator as well as leader and his respective contributions are equally distinctive, suggesting his humility is equaled only by his independence. Because the nuances of his compositions are as fine as those of his musicianship, the sum effect of Irabagon's artistic arc conjures up the compelling notion that he is not only an ...

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Jon Irabagon: Inaction is An Action

Read "Inaction is An Action" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Inaction Is An Action, simultaneously released with its almost polar opposite Behind The Sky, is a force of nature embodied in the sopranino saxophone as “played" solo by Jon Irabagon. From the point of view of how each piece “sounds," and each track truly is a composition, its range is astounding. It should not be surprising that Irabagon has been working on the instrument (which sounds an octave above an alto sax) for a decade, by himself and with others. ...

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Jon Irabagon: Behind The Sky

Read "Behind The Sky" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Simply put, Behind The Sky is a flat-out superlative recording by saxophonist Jon Irabagon. Straddling “inside" and “outside," it can be appreciated by those more comfortable with the straight-ahead (with some stretching, of course), as well as those who enjoy music which challenges the ear and mind. The “rhythm section," consisting of pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Rudy Royston, has worked with Irabagon a long time and it can be clearly heard, most easily in ...

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Jon Irabagon: Behind The Sky

Read "Behind The Sky" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The cover of saxophonist Jon Irabagon's album Behind the Sky depicts a lonely man walking in a landscape of ice-clad mountains. The image is an apt metaphor for the grieving process that Irabagon tries to put into music. However, those expecting a ballad session of gentle contemplation are in for a surprise. Irabagon's musical landscape is far more knotty and rhythmically complex than the simple, but difficult art of the ballad. There are tender moments, sure, but also heated swing ...

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Jon Irabagon: Inaction is An Action

Read "Inaction is An Action" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The release of saxophonist and composer Jon Irabagon's album Inaction is An Action poses an interesting question. When should an artist release a record? It is not a matter of talent. Long ago, Irabagon has proven himself. He has won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition and gained success in every measureable way, including release on a major record label and critical acclaim. It is also not a matter of good or bad. ...

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Two Simultaneous Jon Irabagon Releases: Quartet & Solo

Read "Two Simultaneous Jon Irabagon Releases: Quartet & Solo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon has worked in a wide variety of settings, including Mostly Other People Do The Killing, the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, and the Dave Douglas Quintet. For the 2015 release on his own Irabbagast Records label he released two records on the same day: Behind the Sky, with his quartet plus guest trumpeter Tom Harrell; and Inaction is An Action, for solo sopranino saxophone. The two albums could hardly be farther apart stylistically. Taken together ...


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