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Wonderland Park: Just Get In

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I recently reviewed L.A. based guitarist Allen Hinds' excellent Fly South for, and his concurrent release --a trio outing with the band Wonderland Park, Just Get In --provides a contrasting glimpse of the his robust artistic powers. Fans of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Herring and other guitar luminaries should check out Hinds who has made a name for himself as a top-flight session ace, educator, and staff member at the regional Musician's Institute. Hinds coalesces legato phrasings, heartwarming ...


Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Big Wheel Live

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Here's a young European jazz outfit that has a distinct personality. Led by Swiss tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger, the quintet's upfront deportment is consummated by interweaving progressions and climactic pieces riding above variable currents. One of many outwardly enticing attributes is how sublime choruses often feel like they are on the verge of exploding into impacting sojourns, even when they don't. Irniger and top-flight guitarist Dave Gisler are strong foils and are undoubtedly a near-flawless match, here, on the quintet's ...


Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

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Chicago-based session ace and solo artist, drummer Frank Rosaly aligns with San Francisco Bay Area notables for a meeting of like-minded, highly skilled improvisers. After a gig in Frisco, the musicians' scheduled time to record this quartet date. Unfortunately, Shipwreck studios was destroyed in a fire a few months after this session and the musicians decided to pay a bit of homage via the album moniker. As improvisers amid the semi-structured song-forms, they do what they characteristically do ...


Peter Baumann: Romance 76

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German keyboardist Peter Baumann was a co-founder of the innovative electronics trio Tangerine Dream who seeded new genres and offshoots such as krautrock, new-age music, progressive psychedelia and so on. He remained with the band until 1977. Moreover, Romance 1976 marks Baumann's inaugural solo album, and signifies a distinct contrast from his work with Tangerine Dream, revered for its oscillating and highly rhythmic use of synths, modeled with memorable riffs, up- tempo soloing jaunts and cascading developments. Baumann ...


Allen Hinds: Fly South

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Alabama-reared guitarist Allen Hinds combines a distinct style with a strong compositional pen that in many instances, goes above the call of duty when it comes to firebrand guitarist-based solo albums. Essentially, this program is not an atypical sojourn where rock or jazz fusion guitar heroes simply solo atop thumping backbeats and scanty thematic incursions. Hinds merges technical know-how and studio savvy, and is an A-list session artist who has gigged or recorded with celebrated artists and bands spanning jazz, ...


WorldService Project: For King & Country

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This UK-based ensemble led by keyboardist, composer Dave Morecroft parallel what the rebellious Rock-In-Opposition (Henry Cow, Present, Art Zoyd) movement may stand for via a jazz-centric perspective; although, WorldService Project does not seem to be launching a tirade against conventional wisdom or record labels for that matter. But references to Punk-Jazz, or Nu-jazz may be somewhat in order on the band's debut release for the always enterprising Rare Noise record label. Thus, Morecroft and associates merge fire and ice with ...


I.P.A.: I Just Did Say Something

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Scandinavians have made an indelible mark on the progressive jazz front for the past several decades. For example, modern era bands such as Atomic and units led by trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, often present hybrid journeys into free jazz or nu-bop, Avant jazz rock and other shrewdly devised cross-functional endeavors. Since 2007, Norwegian-based I.P.A. has been a major exponent of the fertile Euro jazz scene. Influenced by trumpeter Don Cherry and his lineage to Ornette Coleman's legacy, this unit ups ...


Construction: Centreline Theory

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Centreline Theory is an impressive debut for British drummer, composer Jim Bashford's Construction with his fellow countrymen, bassist Tim Harries (Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Brian Eno), saxophonist Robin Fincker (Vincent Courtois, Whahay) and Icelandic guitar ace Hilmar Jensson (Tim Berne, Jim Black's AlasNoAxis). Bashford is also an educator and busy session artist who seems equally comfortable engaging the free jazz realm, evidenced by his stints with tenor sax titan Paul Dunmall, and jazz fusion among other idioms and spinoffs.

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