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UDU CALLS/Tiziano Tononi & Daniele Cavallanti with William Parker: The Vancouver Tapes

Read "The Vancouver Tapes" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Vancouver Tapes might have been called The Lost Recordings had drummer Tiziano Tononi not found this recording at the bottom of a chest he stored it in after his appearance with saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti and bassist William Parker. It was their first ever meeting at the 1999 Vancouver Jazz Festival. The instant the trio hits the stage the upsurge of energy is palpable. Nay flute, bells, and the dynamo of Parker's bass ignites the two lengthy sets. ...

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Keith Tippett/ Giovanni Maier: Two For Joyce

Read "Two For Joyce" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Two For Joyce, that's James Joyce the title is referring to. And the 'Two' is a reference to the two musicians, pianist Keith Tippett and bassist Giovanni Maier, because Two For Joyce is one long (50 minute) improvised recorded live performance.Captured May 2012, during the “Le Nuove Rotte del Jazz" (New Routes in Jazz) Jazz Festival in Trieste, a city Joyce once lived. The pair draw as much density as a Joyce novel, yet nothing is lost in ...

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Jim McAuley: Gongfarmer 36

Read "Gongfarmer 36" reviewed by John Eyles

As its title suggests, Gongfarmer 36 is the belated follow-up to guitarist Jim McAuley's Gongfarmer 18 (Nine Winds Records, 2005). But the seven-year delay is not surprising, as additions to McAuley's discography tend to arrive sporadically--the last being Vignes (Long Song, 2009), with the wonderful Acoustic Guitar Trio which brought him together with Nels Cline and the late Rod Poole. As well as two solo and two trio albums, The Ultimate Frog (Drip Audio, 2008) features a quintet worthy of ...

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Giovanni Maier: The Talking Bass

Read "The Talking Bass" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Students of jazz have long known that the bassist can be the hippest musician on the bandstand, constantly listening, and rarely featured. That's why, when a first class bassist like Giovanni Maier gets a chance to lead and present his compositions, it should be a special event. That is just what The Talking Bass is: a vehicle to feature not only his playing, but his writing as well.Maier is a constant sideman to the likes of Stefano Battaglia, ...

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Daniele Cavallanti / Tiziano Tononi: Rings Of Fire

Read "Rings Of Fire" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Poet Robert Browning may not have written the line, “a man's reach should exceed his grasp" with musicians Daniele Cavallanti and Tiziano Tononi in mind. But if he were to listen to some of their music, he might just have added, “and sometimes, they get a hold of something special out there."Rings Of Fire, a two-part suite, follows the duo's longtime collaborative efforts, which include time in the Italian Instabile Orchestra and on the discs Awake Nu / ...

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Craig Green/David King: Craig Green + David King

Read "Craig Green + David King" reviewed by Elliott Simon

While the best solo jazz recordings reveal an artist's inner thoughts, the most outstanding duos endure as memorable conversations. Guitarist Craig Green and drummer David King allow us to eavesdrop on a wide variety of semi-structured discourses with this stylistically varied, self-titled release. King holds forth on drums, percussion, vibes and piano and, as is apropos of this type of project, displays sides of himself that are not all that obvious in his main gig with The Bad Plus. Green ...

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Craig Green/David King: Craig Green + David King

Read "Craig Green + David King" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes when listening to improvised music there's the feelingof being Donny Kerabatsos from the movie The Big Lebowski, who Walter Sobchak scolds with the line, “...you have no frame of reference here, Donny. You're like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to know the story.”  

But that’s not a problem with Craig Green and David King’s improvised duo recording. In fact, their self-described ‘new American roots music’ works quite nicely. While the ...


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