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Jerry Granelli: The Jerry Granelli Trio Plays The Music Of Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

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Eminent drummer Jerry Granelli leads this covers session where the musicians spin diverse interpretations of largely immortal compositions from yesteryear via telepathic output and a modus operandi framed on an outpouring of fellowship and merriment. As their personalized takes on the late, influential pianists/composers Mose Allison and Vince Guaraldi are executed with assurance and acutely placed detours amid a democratic group-based manifesto. Hence, these positive attributes come as no surprise since the drummer performed extensively with both artists.

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Frederick Galiay: Time Elleipsis

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This largely electric French quintet discloses a vastly experimental and often fascinating series of works that intertwine into a multipart suite of indexed titles directed by bassist Frederick Galiay. As the press material states, the bassist “was a laureate for a Hors les murs residency program initiated by the French Institute," spanning Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Here, the musicians explore subterranean depths via shadowy sonic textures and on the opener “Naga Convulsions," venture into electronic minimalist terrain amid the ...

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Noah Kaplan Quartet: Out of the Hole

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This is the third installment of saxophonist, composer Noah Kaplan's quartet for the hatology (now ezz-thetics) label amid an eight-year delay between the time the sessions were completed and the issuance of the album. For example, this live outing recorded at Firehouse 12 in Connecticut was consummated in 2012 and released in 2020. But in the liners, Kaplan states that a “quartet reunion gig in 2017 reminded him of the previously unreleased material's growth and substance" warranting a release of ...

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Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom: Duos & Trios

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Italian musicians Sergio Armaroli (vibraphone) and Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone) beckoned reputable Finland-reared Harri Sjostrom (saxophones) to join them for a session consisting of nine duos and three trios that are somewhat noteworthy due to the unconventional instrumentation. Per the album liners, the goal was to create 'events' such as “amazement, wonder or a good mood through the free formation of notes..." and so on. The artists' notes duly resonate via the crystal-clear audio production, providing additional clarity for ...

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Rob Brown - Matthew Shipp: Then Now

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Much could be written about pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist Rob Brown's respective legacies within progressive jazz and improvisational circles in the US and abroad. Hence, these narratives are well-documented spanning several decades. On this release, the duo aligns for the third time, following Sonic Explorations (Cadence, 1988) and Blink of an Eye (No More Records, 1997). After all these years, their collective creative sparks remain intact as they embark on a continuous construction project without blueprints via spontaneous trajectories ...

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Rent Romus' Lords of Outland: 25 years under the mountain

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This Northern California powerhouse unit led by multi-woodwind ace Rent Romus commemorates 25-years in the business with a hard-hitting acoustic-electric jaunt featuring the core rhythm section and new addition, guitarist and violaist, Alex Cohen. Over the years, the collective has enjoyed a refreshing progression of shifting personnel. However, this album is grounded in avant-garde jazz fusion and free-form improvisation, where the artists enjoy ample space to engage in tumultuous dialogues and fluctuating currents during these energized performances. The ...

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The Geordie Approach: Shields

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Two Norwegians and a Geordie—the nickname for someone from an area of North East England--excel at semi-structured and largely improvised acoustic-electric works, and celebrate their first album for this multi-dimensional UK-based record label that is unrestricted by any musical boundaries. Therefore, the trio straddles avant-garde, ambient-electronica, and other EFX-framed offshoots. However, they defy tradition because of drummer Ståle Birkeland's asymmetrical timekeeping and pulsing beats, which are not commonplace in cosmic, textural, and colorific electronica outings. Basically, the unbalanced cadences drive ...


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