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Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg

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For a long time, Stunt Records has released high quality music from the Danish jazz scene, some albums have gone on to become classics while others have just pleased those in the know. In terms of genres, Stunt is a curious label with an ear for many genres, including avant-garde, world music, funk and fusion, but the identity of the label lies in releasing mainstream modern jazz that has a potential to reach many listeners. This is certainly the case ...

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Jacques Lesure: For the Love of You

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For one to whom almost every well-strummed guitar sounds basically the same, an honest appraisal of any guitar-led group must begin with other earmarks such as group interplay, individual dexterity, choice of material and over-all level of musicianship. Happily, guitarist Jacques Lesure's latest recording, For the Love of You, scores high in every respect, making the album a pleasure to hear and enjoy. Lesure, a Detroit native whose jazz roots can be traced to such masters as ...

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Five Women X – Aubrey Logan; Robyn Spangler; Lauren Kinhan; Jackieen Allen; Michelle Lordi

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Aubrey Logan Impossible Knight Records 2017 Washington State-native vocalist/trombonist Aubrey Logan is the total performer. With six releases to her credit (the most recent being the present Impossible) and multiple features for Postmodern Jukebox, as well as an appearance on the finals of American Idol, Logan has enjoyed ample exposure that has paid off for her. She has a commanding stage presence and omnivorous appreciation for all music, as evidenced by the dozen selections on ...

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Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

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How do you pass the tedium of a long haul flight? Catch up on sleep, or take in those films you meant to watch but never got round to viewing? Few of us spend the time as productively as Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt who sketched out the main elements of his Recent Developments suite on the return home from tour. In spite of the prosaic titling the performance by a stellar nine strong band more than matches the standard set ...

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Love, Gloom, Cash, Love

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Herbie Nichols' story has been told again and again, but it never seems to stick. An idiosyncratic pianist and one of the handful of important jazz composers, he was born in 1919 and dead from leukemia by age forty-four. His best- known song--"Lady Sings the Blues"--is associated with Billie Holiday and I would wager many listeners assume Billie wrote it. He appears as one of the four musicians profiled in A. B. Spellman's Four Lives in the Bebop Business in ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

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Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is all over the progressive jazz map the past several years as a member of Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Michael Formanek amid support duties for poll-winning flutist Nicole Mitchell and a host of disparate projects and recordings. Here, Fujiwara assembles a double trio lineup, featuring Halvorson and other notables that also shines a bright light on his shrewd compositional prowess and strong leadership skills, as the band projects an uplifting modality throughout. Simply put, ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

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Two years after the release of his acclaimed Charlie Parker project Bird Calls (ACT), saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa returns with his longstanding Indo-Pak Coalition for Agrima, a vinyl and download-only release that is a dazzling hybrid of Indian music and furious jazz-rock. Besides Mahanthappa the group consists of guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer/tablaist Dan Weiss, with the occasional bit of electronic enhancement floating in the background. Overall, the music is very tight and forceful. “Snap" best displays its general ...

INTERVIEW

Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy

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In 1988 Bill Laswell produced Iggy Pop's album Instinct. Back then, little he could have known that, almost thirty years later, he would have been instrumental in facilitating the iconic singer's first foray in the Jazz world. Loneliness Road (RareNoiseRecords) documents the latest incarnation of James Newell Osterberg Junior, the front man of proto-punk band The Stooges. In this interview pianist Jamie Saft details the making of this one-of-a-kind project. A graduate of Tufts University and the New ...

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Two Sides of John Wetton

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If there's one thing listeners and fans associate most with John Wetton, it's that voice. That's not to dismiss his roles as bassist and songwriter, however, which were also reasons his presence in U.K., Asia and early-1970s King Crimson had such an impact in the world of rock, progressive and otherwise. Since his passing in January 2017, the late singer's estate has had a busy year continuing the work of releasing and re-releasing some goodies from the vault that he ...


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