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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ari Hoenig: The Pauper And The Magician

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Concept albums have largely been the domain of progressive rock bands, whilst jazzers tend to prefer the term 'suite' to describe thematically linked pieces of music. Ari Hoenig's The Pauper and the Magician is arguably more the former than the latter, as these six compositions are inspired by a fable-like tale of Hoenig's design, without overt musical continuity. But for the liner notes describing the narrative as it unfolds-an evil magician entices a panhandling pauper to enter his wicked realm--it ...

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Insufficient Funs: Insufficient Funs

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An original name, if not quite such an original concept. Saxophone and drum duets used to be as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth, with John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's 1960s collaboration always the benchmark. In recent years, however, this striking duo combination has seen something of a boom. Charles Lloyd and Billy Higgins; Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly; Tatsuya Nakatani and Michel Doneda; Eliel Sherman Storey and Famoudou Don Moye; Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano; Neil Welch and Chris ...

INTERVIEWS

Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

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Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, whose discography as a leader straddles acoustic jazz, film soundtracks, Americana roots, literature-inspired improvisations, extended suites, avant-garde/contemporary classical music, and compositions inspired by ancient ...

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Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010. Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In that moment was born a love affair with jazz which has lasted seventy-four years thus far. At nineteen, Hentoff was hosting his own jazz ...

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Umbra: Umbra

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Dublin guitarist/composer Chris Guilfoyle's Umbra has been around for half a decade, so its debut album can be seen as the product of patience and endurance. Critically acclaimed performances at the IMC's Down With Jazz and 12 Points festivals, as well as Bray Jazz, have helped raise the band's profile, but with band members not always residing in the same country, gigs have been too infrequent and tours too short for a combo of such evident talents. Forty minutes of ...

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Sunny Trio & Natt Buntita: Two Of A Kind

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The merging of jazz and Asian folk idioms is gradually becoming more common, though most typically in Indonesia and South Korea. Thailand's rich folkloric tradition has been overlooked by Thai jazz musicians, who tend to favour American jazz standards. Until now, that is. Two of a Kind sees pianist Sunny Rattana and singer Natt Buntita visit traditional Thai folk songs/poems through a jazz prism, ably supported by bassist Tae Siriwat and drummer Hong Chanutr Tetchatananna--all jazz instructors at Bangkok's Silpakorn ...

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Pawel Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio & Mr Krime: Vars & Kaper:Deconstruction

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Doubtless some were surprised when pianist/composer Pawel Kaczmarczyk left ACT Records after the ambitious Complexity in Simplicity (2009). However, the decision has perhaps proven to be a musically astute one, given the stunning statement from Kaczmarczyk's Audiofeeling Trio--featuring one of Poland's top rhythm sections in Maciej Adamczak and Dawid Fortuna--that was Something Personal (Hevhetia, 2015). Here, the same line-up is augmented by Mr. Krime (Wojceich Dlugosz) on turntables and electronics in a powerful reimagining of Bronislaw Kaper and Henryk Vars' ...

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Radio Bévort: Which Craft?

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Pernille Bévort, the Danish saxophonist/composer and singer, has been quietly working her musical charms for over twenty years, as both a mainstay of the Danish big-band scene and leader of impressive small ensembles. Following the stripped-down, straight-ahead Trio Temptations (Gateway Music, 2014), Bévort rekindles her Radio Bévort project, whose Perfect Organisation (Gateway 2011)--with bandoneon player Marcello Nisinman--explored the confluence of jazz and tango nuevo. For Which Craft?, Francesco Cali features on accordion, as Bévort steers her highly attuned octet through ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

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Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth Josef Woodard 229 Pages ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5 Silman-James Press 2016 A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author Josef Woodard spent twenty five years doing the groundwork, repeatedly interviewing Lloyd, following his career for Downbeat/JazzTimes and other publications and even traveling on ...


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