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Chris Pitsiokos / Javier Areal Velez / Kevin Murray: First Blush

Read "First Blush" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Was this gig at New York's Downtown Music Gallery in January, 2020, a one-off performance? Saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos was scheduled to perform solo, probably to promote his extraordinary solo release Speak In Tongues (Relative Pitch, 2019), but chose instead to expand to a trio. And a new trio at that. This wasn't one of his recent trios with Max Johnson and Kevin Shea, Noah Punkt and Philipp Scholz, or Daniel Levin and Brandon Seabrook. Nor was it his expansive CP ...

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Chris Pitsiokos: Speak In Tongues And Hope For The Gift Of Interpretation

Read "Speak In Tongues And Hope For The Gift Of Interpretation" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos, it might be said, was standing on the shoulders of giants when he recorded this solo alto saxophone concert in January of 2019. Indeed, these six tributes take into account the accomplishments of the esteemed masters and, from their shoulders, Pitsiokos enters some rarefied air. His Speak In Tongues And Hope For The Gift Of Interpretation is his third solo outing. His first two solo efforts, Oblivion / Ecstasy (2015) and Valentine's Day (2017), were released as ...

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Chris Pitsiokos: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years

Read "Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years" reviewed by Don Phipps


Adventurous, hair-raising, mind-bending, dense, fibrous, layered, hallucinogenic, twisted. These are the words that come to mind when listening to the excellent but challenging music on Chris Pitsiokos's album Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years. Pitsiokos' compositions often sound like a musical transcription of the trippiest parts of William Burrough's “Naked Lunch." The result? An album that feels like it jumped from the mind of John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, and Robert Fripp--all at the same time! One ...

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Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjörn Zetterberg: Child Of Illusion

Read "Child Of Illusion" reviewed by Don Phipps


Selecting a cover illustration of a dark and menacing four-armed lemur, the trio of musicians on the album Child Of Illusion, Chris Pitsiokos (alto sax), Susana Santos Silva (trumpet), and Torbjörn Zetterberg (double bass), signal that this album will pack an unusual musical wallop. And indeed it does, with top level improvisations that explore dynamics and timbres that, to borrow a phrase, shock and awe. All three offer unique perspectives. Bassist Zetterberg bows like a mosquito, bangs on ...

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Protean Reality (feat. Chris Pitsiokos, Noah Punkt & Philipp Scholz): Protean Reality

Read "Protean Reality" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


An increasing presence on the downtown NYC circuit, alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos has worked with a number of free jazz luminaries such as Joe Morris, Nate Wooley, Peter Evans and Paul Lytton. He and Tyshawn Sorey joined the promising bassist Brandon Lopez as the Undermine Trio for a number of recent NYC performances. What stands the twenty-something Pitsiokos apart as a saxophonist is his broad range of virtuoso-like skills whether playing in a lyrical or free mode. Both ends of ...

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Protean Reality: Protean Reality

Read "Protean Reality" reviewed by John Sharpe


Alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos has been creating a buzz around NYC for a while now. After a series of releases on small independent imprints, Protean Reality constitutes one of the first opportunities for him to be heard by a wider audience. He appears in the eponymous triumvirate, alongside drummer Philipp Scholz and electric bassist Noah Punkt, recorded live in Leipzig in Germany. They combine for three spontaneously generated cuts each around the 20-minute mark which straddle the border between free ...

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Chris Pitsiokos Trio: Gordian Twine

Read "Gordian Twine" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos answers a slight variation of the classic Zen koan, what is the sound of one hand ripping a telephone book in two? It is this: alphabetical orderliness counts, but then again so does maelstrom. Gordian Twine, his debut as a leader, showcases his organizational and compositional skills, and, maybe more importantly, it places him within the vortex of a cyclone of sound.This new kid on the block saxophonist has been working solo, in duos with ...


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