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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Matthew Shipp: Tangle

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Recorded at Café Oto in February 2014, on the first night of pianist Matthew Shipp's three-day residency at the venue, Tangle is the first recording of the trio of saxophonist John Butcher and synthesiser player Thomas Lehn with Shipp. (The YouTube clip, below, was filmed on the night in question.) Typically, there were previous links between the three, with evidence being available on past Fataka releases; Butcher and Lehn had first collaborated as far back as 1996 and, in June ...

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Steve Khan: Backlog

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In what could best be described as an enduring exploration, Steve Khan has undertaken the role of expanding and redefining the role of the guitar in the hybrid genre of Latin Jazz. Backlog continues with the concept established as far back as 2005 on “The Green Field," in the transformation of straight ahead jazz compositions into unique Kahn improvisations drawing deep from the Afro-Cuban tradition. The percussion duo of Marc Quiñones and Bobby Allende have been an essential ...

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Leonard Cohen and His Legacy

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In recent years, nobody has raged against the dying of the light more spectacularly and thrillingly as singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. For 50 years he had been telling stories of love, faith, death, despair, solitude, war, politics, and exaltation. Before embarked on a successful and eventful career in the show business he had a successful career as a poet and novelist. His achievements were legendary and his status as a writer, poet, songwriter and the famous ladies' man had ...

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Nenad Vasilic Trio: Wet Paint

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Wet Paint or “fresh paint" symbolizes the formation of the new band or the trio led by soulful bassist, producer and composer Nenad Vasilic who continues to build on the variety steam generated from his previous releases. Here he explores the trio format accompanied by pianist/keyboardist Bojan Z, who finds himself in the role of a sideman. Actually, Bojan Z has lent his talent on Vasilic's album Seven where he was a guest on just two tracks. At one time, ...

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House Of Waters: House Of Waters

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The eponymous follow-up to House Of Waters's 2012 album Revolution is no less an iconoclastic offering than its predecessor (or the band's previous two albums Peace The Coats and Elsewhere). Iconoclasm here is a relevant noun because the trio's musical approach confounds traditional perspectives. So although not compositionally similar to say, Philip Glass's extraordinary soundtrack Koyaanisqatsi, or Frank Zappa's Hot Rats the overall effect to the uninitiated is just as startling. Even without the occasional addition of extra ...

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Leonard Cohen: You Want it Darker

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On first listen, Leonard Cohen's album You Want it Darker is a great album. On second listen, it could rank among his best and on third listen, it is obvious that it is the best contender for a Nobel Prize in literature in the next turn of awards. But so are the other albums that have preceded it. It is astonishing that Cohen as an elder statesman is producing some of his best work at this stage of his career. ...

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Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun & Havana Moon DVD/CD

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It might be fair to say that any concert appearance by a band with fifty years plus history is an occasion in itself and doubly so (or more) to offer that observation about the Rolling Stones. Who would've guessed in 1963, 1973 or 1983 that the group would not only still be together in 2016, but playing regularly around the world? Or remain a sufficiently popular draw to attract the huge crowds that attended the concert(s) in London's Hyde Park ...

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Shye Ben Tzur: Music For The Upliftment of the Soul

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The Urdu word Junun denotes “Passion"and that is the perfect term to describing not just the breathtaking interplay and common purpose among the many diverse musicians taking part in this project, but also the deep spiritual love that emanates from this music and takes up everyone in the excitement of the moment: playful, joyous and inclusive. Junun is a dynamic meeting of passionate musicians with different backgrounds and geographies but the result to that is gorgeous music. Shye Ben Tzur ...


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