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Adam Schneit Band: Light Shines In

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For several years, saxophonist Adam Schneit has been making the rounds as a first-call sideman other than co-leading Old Time Musketry and this talented quartet, instilled with his impressive compositional skills. Here, the musicians' venture into the outside realm while dishing out more conventional fare during various phases or movements. For example, the opener “A Clearer View," is erected with a laid-back groove and a cordial primary theme anchored by Eivind Opsvik's booming bass lines and drummer Kenny Wolleson's steady ...


Ivo Perelman: The Art of the Improv Trio Volume 1

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Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman's voluminous discography gets another boost with six concurrent trio releases, titled The Art of the Improv Trio Volumes 1 through 6. It's not surprising since the artist has become one of the more prolific jazz improvisers spanning the past several decades. Thus, Volume 1 launches the festivities with Karl Berger laying down his vibes mallets and performing solely on piano, along with Perelman mainstay, drummer Gerald Cleaver who is a contributor on five of the six ...


LUME: Xabregas 10

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LUME is the acronym for the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble, which is a large mini-big band type unit, captured live and arranged by pianist Marco Barroso who also penned the compositions. With prog rock nuances and some Frank Zappa style horn charts, the ensemble pushes the envelope from start to finish. It's a stinging presentation that may send tingles down your spine. Moreover, the album is dedicated to the late soprano saxophonist and band member, Jorge Reis. Complete ...


Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order

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Simon Nabatov is a renowned improvising jazz pianist who possesses a hefty discography on Leo Records as a leader and session artist. At times his mode of execution summons a perspective of several tentacles flailing across the keyboard via a cavalcade of intriguing perspectives and much more. But with his Cologne-based trio, Nabatov renders a shift in strategy by leaning more towards conventional song-form initiatives. And from a holistic view, the band's output is often astonishing. The trio ...


Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

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This debut octet outing led by guitarist Mary Halvorson is packed with an all-star team, featuring alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist John Hébert and other notables. However, one of the differentiators is the addition of pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, who pushes the envelope above and beyond standard fare, sans the traditional Country music element. As many would anticipate, Halvorson integrates a modicum of surprises into the program that include false endings, shifting cadences, melancholic interludes and manic breakdowns amid ...


Stick Men: Prog Noir

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Following up Stick Men's exhilarating recent 2-CD live set Midori (Moonjune, 2016) featuring legendary King Crimson violinist David Cross, the trio now supplements its monstrous attack with vocals, and tinted with a noir (dark) panorama via the lower tonal registers. Moreover, the King Crimson connection is in-place with current members, Tony Levin (Stick & voice) and Pat Mastelotto (drums) fusing their talents with Markus Reuter (Touch Guitars) who recorded with the The Crimson ProjeKCt. Respectively, the musicians reside ...


Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

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Canadian-reared, New York City-based saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff summons a meeting of some very bright musical minds on this stirring quartet date. Rounded out by heralded modern era musicians, saxophonist David Binney, keyboardist Matt Mitchell and drummer Kenny Wolleson, the band erects a cunning bridge between structured and melodic thematic ventures with traditional jazz values and free-flowing improvisational overtures. Many of these works are erected with polytonal sequences and odd-metered aberrations via forceful choruses and unanticipated diversions. Moreover, the ...


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 ...

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