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The Later Years: 1987-2019

Read "The Later Years: 1987-2019" reviewed by John Kelman

On January 10, 1994, Pink Floyd announced its upcoming North American tour in support of what would be its second studio album following the 1984 departure of bassist and band co-founder Roger Waters, The Division Bell (Columbia/EMI), a little more than two months before its release on March 28 of the same year. The first of two 196 foot-long, 67-foot high, 7,000 pound (without the helium) painted airships made a record-breaking, three-week trip from North Carolina to Los Angeles, with ...

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Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the Middle Ages and is home to classical, jazz, world and religious music concerts in this resort town near Zurich. In recent years the Muri ...

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Ólafur Arnalds at Sava Centar

Read "Ólafur Arnalds at Sava Centar" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Ólafur Arnalds Sava Centar Belgrade, Serbia November 20, 2019 Two stops before the end of his 18-month world tour, Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and his band brought amazing sounds and otherworldly visuals to Belgrade. The long and successful world tour was in support of his fantastic ambient album re:member (2018) and brought Arnalds to Serbia for the first time. His reputation as a composer and performer has been building over the years ...

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Piotr Damasiewicz & Power Of The Horns Ensemble: Polska

Read "Polska" reviewed by Chris May

Poland's jazz tradition is perhaps the deepest rooted in all of Europe. Only Britain can rival it. But unlike British jazz, Polish jazz began in part as a declaration of protest against slavery and repression, as did that of its American parent, and this has given it a special quality. The slavery and repression were occasioned by the USSR, which succeeded Nazi Germany as Poland's colonial master in 1945. The Solidarity Museum in Szcecin gives an idea ...

RADIO

Sync! Ned Rothenberg, Samir Chatterjee, Jerome Harris

Read "Sync! Ned Rothenberg, Samir Chatterjee, Jerome Harris" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

After more than two decades of activity Ned Rothenberg's Sync remains a reference band in its capacity to seamlessly integrate musical traditions and influences from various parts of the world in a unique line-up featuring the leader on reeds and shakuhachi, Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Jerome Harris on guitar and bass guitar. Happy listening! Ned Rothenberg's Sync “Dad Can Dig" Port of Entry (Intuition) 0:00 Ned Rothenberg's Sync “One-Oh-Nine" Harbinger (Animul) 6:26 Ned Rothenberg's ...

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Rodrigo Amado / Chris Corsano: No Place to Fall

Read "No Place to Fall" reviewed by John Sharpe

Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's early output has been notable for the freewheeling interplay between him and other talented horn players like trombonist Jeb Bishop, trumpeter Peter Evans and multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. It's the quartet he fronts with McPhee which contains the seed for this Lisbon studio date from summer 2014, in that it includes the drummer on the session here, Chris Corsano. At this juncture the musicians had recorded one album, the well-received This Is Our Language (Not Two, 2015) ...

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The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition

Read "Let It Bleed: 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed 50th Anniversary Limited Deluxe Edition is both more and less of what usually comprises such milestone packages. And that's whether it's perceived as a magnificent scrapbook or a veritable mobile museum. There is certainly much more in terms of peripherals included, such as the hand-numbered replica-signed lithographs, a full-color poster, plus an 80-page hardcover book that includes an essay by journalist David Fricke and never-before-seen photos by the band's tour photographer Ethan Russell. But, ...


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