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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Modus Factor: The Picasso Zone

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Versatiity is the key to the musical success of The Picasso Zone by the multi-national, polystylistic electric jazz trio Modus Factor. Based in Toronto, Modus Factor is comprised of Canadian drummer (and putative bandleader) Chris Lesso, trumpeter Brownman Ali--originally from Trinidad--and Uganada- born bassist Ian De Souza. Clearly, these guys' diverse origins contributed to their abiding interest in a broad swath of musical genres which, in turn, truly enriches the music on The Picasso Zone. Though hip- hop, funk, electronica, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Veryan Weston: Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs

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This new solo album from keyboardist Veryan Weston was recorded in May 2014 on tracker action organs in seven churches located around England. The recordings here document some of the preparatory research that Weston did ahead of a tour of churches with tracker action organs. That tour involved Weston plus violinist Jon Rose and cellist Hannah Marshall, so this album should be considered a companion piece to Tuning Out (Emanem, 2015), the album recorded on the tour. As ...

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James Brandon Lewis Trio: No Filter

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James Brandon Lewis's authoritative horn is demonstrated in his cultural influenced releases --gospel spirituality in Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014) featuring bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver; soulful lyricism and hip hop in Days of Freeman (Okeh, 2015) with heavies bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Rudy Royston. He continues that exploration with a new trio in No Filter an edgy but short LP which pays respect to early 90's hip hop, experimental jazz, and groove. Lewis's inclination ...

NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Steve Reich Celebration: Repercussion

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Steve Reich Celebration: Repercussion National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY December 10, 2016 As part of the many celebrations of composer Steve Reich's 80th birthday throughout 2016, the World Music Institute and National Sawdust co-presented a program in December that brought the Ghanaian master, Gideon Alorwoyie, together with the critically-acclaimed Mantra Percussion Ensemble for sixty minutes of riveting music and dance. The back story on this landmark performance begins in the summer ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie

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The Age of Bowie Paul Morley 496 Pages ISBN: 978-1471148088 Simon & Schuster UK 2016 The enormous grief and sadness that outpoured at the unexpected death of singer David Bowie by fans and supporters worldwide were immediate and sincere. As soon as the shocking news broke on the 11th of January 2016, fans paid their homage to this artist who not only pushed boundaries but who also shaped and embodied the ...

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LEAGUS (Herborg Rundberg & Kristian Svalestad Olstad): Lea Áigi

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LEAGUS is a Norwegian duo made up of pianist Herborg Rundberg and guitarist Kristian Svalestad Olstad. Together they make music that ranges from minimalist atmospherics to frenetic free-noise. Rundberg has studied both classical music and jazz/pop/rock, and has worked with coastal sami traditions. Olstad studied jazz/pop/rock, and is involved in improvisation and studio recording (he mixed the album). His nontraditional, highly electronically modified sound puts him in the company of other Norwegian modernists like Eivind Aarset and Stian Westerhus. He ...

BEST OF / YEAR END

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

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Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off this list was a bit difficult. Of course, reactions to music are completely subjective, so one man's gold is another's lead--your mileage may vary. ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home - Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition

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Bob Dylan No Direction Home: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition Capitol Records 2016 As originally released a decade ago, Martin Scorcese's Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home is so deeply illuminating it really bears no revisionism that would improve it, at least on its own terms. In turns exhilarating and chilling, particularly in the final scene where the subject of the film appears the embodiment of infinite fatigue, the vaunted filmmaker's comprehensive depiction of the Nobel ...

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Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America

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Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America Fathom Events2016 Although it is compels watching more than once to absorb the varied detail within its two-hours plus duration, The Rolling Stones' Latin American tour documentary, Ole Ole Ole!, is worth seeing just for a single, priceless five minute interval near its mid-point. After guitarist Keith Richard and vocalist Mick Jagger laughingly reminisce about their visit to Brazil in the Sixties, they ...


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