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Articles by Glenn Astarita

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Wingfield - Reuter - Sirkis: Lighthouse

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Once again, the sky is the limit for these estimable artists who execute spontaneous compositions in the studio without any overdubs or heavy editing. It's largely about the musicians' synchronous game-plan and intuitive interactions during these resonating and impactful works, crossing genres or stylizations that lie somewhere between freeform progressive rock and jazz rock. Lighthouse follows up The Stone House (Moonjune, 2016), even though it was recorded first, and features the core trio of burgeoning guitar hero Mark Wingfield, Touch ...

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Trio S: Somewhere Glimmer

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New York-based clarinetist, banjoist, Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Yuka Honda) is often immersed within the new music realm, including jazz and most of its offshoots. Highly in demand, the artist also composes for theater and TV. With Trio S' second release, he skirts the boundaries of ambient-electronic stylizations, jazz, folk and modern chamber, with cellist Jane Scarpantoni, and first-call drummer, percussionist Kenny Wolleson. The trio fuses an acoustic-electric array of exquisite, delicate and artful melodic inventions ...

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Bobby Bradford - Hafez Modirzadeh with Ken Filiano & Royal Hartigan: Live At The Magic Triangle

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Venerable West Coast-based trumpeter, cornetist and instructor, Bobby Bradford has carved out a big slice of modern jazz history due to his recordings and performances with iconic jazz artisans, reedmen Ornette Coleman, John Carter, Eric Dolphy and bassist Charlie Haden among other luminaries. On this superb release recorded at the University of Massachusetts as part of the Magical Triangle Jazz Series, he shares the billing with saxophonist, recording artist and leading-edge music theorist, Hafez Modirzadeh. With first-call support ...

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Daniel Rosenthal: Music in the Room

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Trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal and his fellow hornists have all performed with the fabled, Either / Orchestra which to some extent has been an institution for many top-flight Boston area jazz musicians. Here, the leader and the dual sax attack of Charles Kohlhase and Rick Stone incorporate brash and fluid soloing into a program that contains a divergent track mix and covers a multitude of angles, cadences and improvisational applications. Luther Gray has long been a drummer of choice ...

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Trojka: I Speilvendthet

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Scandinavian progressive rock bands usually extract the finer qualities of the classic prog days of yore, and morphing into nouveau platforms, brimming with refreshing attributes and harmonious components. Hence, this young Norwegian trio renews and revitalizes some of the routes previously traversed. And it's not all about endless soloing tirades and knotty time signatures that for many other bands, mask sub-par compositions and give the genre a poor scorecard. Thankfully, this group takes a bit of pride in their work, ...

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Christoph Erb - Jim Baker - Frank Rosaly: Parrots Paradise

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If you're a free-jazz experimentalist or basically open-minded, then a glimmer of paradise might become reality after listening to this off-centered, sinewy session that occasionally sounds like it's bursting at the seams. And while its largely discordant, the musicians' polytonal exchanges and sound-sculpting mechanisms generate loads of interest, coupled with the trio's unsystematic musical lingo. Saxophonist Christoph Erb (Lucerne), analogue synth ace Jim Baker (Chicago) and drummer, sound designer Frank Rosaly --who recently relocated from Chicago to Amsterdam ...

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Der Verboten: Der Verboten

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Violist Frantz Loriot and pianist Cedric Piromalli previously joined forces under the German moniker, Treffpunkt. And Der Verboten signifies the new lineup with the addition of saxophonist Antoine Chessex and drummer Christian Wolfarth for a fascinating album captured live at a French venue. And while the lone extended track “Der Dritte Treffpinky," is firmly situated in an experimental school of thought, the artists project cinematic inferences within a storyboard that contains an assortment of highly imaginative interweaving motifs.

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Orfeo 5: In The Green Castle

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You never know what to expect from this UK-based record label, which is often a good thing. Otherwise, its website accurately delineates that Orfeo 5, “play what might best be described as improvised narrative landscape music, their pieces evolving over time to create a sense of place and journey." It's an acoustic-electric set, largely nestled in the experimental domain. Occasionally the core trio --abetted by Shaun Blezard's insightful electronics manipulations--venture into hardboiled sojourns via stinging or ...

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Nik Turner: Life In Space

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The British reedman, vocalist, and former member of the legendary space rock band Hawkwind navigates the cosmos once again. For some, Life in Space may equate to solitude and awe, but Nik Turner's festive approach may be more conducive to joyriding on Comets. Indeed, the artist's vocals take on an air of innocence, often mixed evenly among the sprinkling and streaming electronics effects atop sprawling grooves and drummer Jason Willer's thrusting backbeats. Whereas, many of these works contain memorable riffs ...


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