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Ada Rovatti: True Artist

Read "Ada Rovatti: True Artist" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

For Ada Rovatti, a saxophonist whose musical journey took her from her homeland of Italy, then inevitably to the United States, the road taken has not always been easy. A bright and sensitive artist, she can have misgivings about her work at times. But that work, with other bands or the leading voice on her own recordings, brings to light an artist who has something interesting to say and does so with style and very strong chops. And ...

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Kneebody: Chapters

Read "Chapters" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Chapters--the title of Kneebody's 2019 release--has a certain appropriateness, as it definitely marks several new ones for the band. One being that lyric- oriented songs account for nearly half of the material on the album. Technically, vocals are nothing new to Kneebody. The band included one track with vocals on their 2002 proto- Kneebody album Wendel. Its 2009 collaborative effort with Theo Bleckmann, Twelve Songs of Charles Ives (Winter and Winter, 2008) was nominated for a Grammy and indeed their ...

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Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra

Read "Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra" reviewed by John Eyles

Formed in September 2010, Switzerland's then 40-member Insub Meta Orchestra (IMO) issued its first album Archive #1 on the Insubordinations label in March 2012, closely followed by the digital release of Archive #2 in December 2012 and, by then 29-strong, Archive #3 on the new Insub label in February 2015. Following the release of 13 and 27 (Another Timbre, 2017) and the vinyl LP Choices and Melodies (Insub, 2018), the two albums below mark IMO's return to releasing CDs on ...

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Blue Note All Stars: Our Point Of View

Read "Our Point Of View" reviewed by Chris May

Different generations of Blue Note stars come together on this double-album to celebrate the label's legacy and to affirm its present-day relevance. Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock first recorded for Blue Note in the 1960s. Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott variously came on board in the 2000s and 2010s. The music hits the sweet spot as accurately as the lineup suggests it will. The first disc opens with Glasper's ...

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We jazz festival 2019

Read "We jazz festival 2019" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

We Jazz Festival Finland & Estonia 7th We Jazz Festival Helsinki, Tampere & Tallinn December 1-8, 2019 Two things are always certain about the We Jazz Festival in Finland, and neither involve death or money. The concert tickets are modest by Scandinavian scales, tho' pricey for Central Europeans. The most unpredictable certainty is, or more likely are, the variety of weathers to be tackled en route to concerts of your choice. The venues are ...

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Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise

Read "Fly Or Die II: Bird Dogs Of Paradise" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over a relatively short career, the adventurous composer and trumpeter Jaimie Branch has developed a mature and singular style with a politically informed dimension. On her second album as leader, she and her band create tense atmospheres that brim with creativity and spontaneity. The two part “Prayer For Amerikkka" opens with bassist Jason Ajemian's dark, reverberating thumps. These set an expectant mood that drummer Chad Taylor enhances. Branch blows longing, melancholic notes that rise and fall over the ...

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Martina DaSilva: A Very Chimytina Christmas

Read "A Very Chimytina Christmas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Holiday music is its own discrete industry. Each October and November sees an uptick in releases devoted to the Christmas Season. The repertoire is well established with a core of compositions derived from the Middle Ages to the present day, including both religious and folk and popular music. While the holiday songbook is predictable, it also remains open to reinterpretation and expansion, revealing an additional stream of programming creativity. A Very Chimytina Christmas reflects the fertile nature of the seasonal ...


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