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Jure Pukl: Broken Circles

Read "Broken Circles" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Slovenian tenor saxophonist Jure Pukl follows up his quartet outings Hybrid (Whirlwind Recordings 2017) and Doubtless (Whirlwind Recordings 2018) with an album that signals a clear change of direction. On Broken Circles Pukl swaps his saxophonist wife Melissa Aldana for Joel Ross on vibraphone and adds guitarist Charles Altura for some lyrical comping, on top of a well-versed rhythm section. As a direct result, harmony and flow arise more implicitly, giving Pukl the ideal environment to perform long stretches of ...

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Rebecca Nash: Peaceful King

Read "Peaceful King" reviewed by Chris May

You can judge a book by its cover, and likewise an album. Sometimes. Too often, striking content fails to follow striking packaging. British keyboard player Rebecca Nash's Peaceful King, however, proves to be as beautiful as its artwork and graphic design. It joins a handful of other more or less recent, promise-fulfilling albums, from which Binker and Moses' Journey To The Mountain Of Forever (Gearbox, 2017), Jon Hassell's Listening To Pictures: Pentimento Volume One (Ndeya, 2018) and Theon Cross' Fyah ...

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Four Forty One

Read "Four Forty One" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

2020 marks the beginning of Will Vinson's third decade of working and living in New York. Over the years the British-American saxophonist has gained wide recognition as a sideman as well as a leader, with six albums to his name in the bank. Beyond recording highly acclaimed albums for late Gerry Teekens' Criss Cross label, Vinson has appeared with the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter or Kurt Elling, to name a few. The 2012 formation “Owl Trio" featuring bassist ...

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Harish Raghavan: Calls For Action

Read "Calls For Action" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Several factors make bassist Harish Raghavan's debut album remarkable. The first and most striking is the sense of extreme urgency in the tone of the compositions as well as the disjointed manner with which the instruments search for common ground in and around each other. Another factor can be found in the understated melodic motifs whose arcs sometimes stretch over the entire duration of a tune. Melody in general is critical to the album's appeal. Most of the interplay and ...

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Rez Abbasi: A Throw Of Dice

Read "A Throw Of Dice" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

No matter what style of music Rez Abbasi tackles, he always makes it sound exciting, fresh and uniquely his own. The American guitarist and composer is known for his individual spin on jazz, which is as deeply rooted in western jazz doctrine as it is in traditions of his Pakistani heritage. Be it in the context of Indo-American fusion group Invocation—the outfit in which he plays alongside fellow like-minded contemporaries Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer—or in the wake of his ...

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Rez Abbasi: A Throw Of Dice

Read "A Throw Of Dice" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Rez Abbasi has written a score for a 1929 movie—not an everyday jazz endeavor, but that is what the guitarist/composer does with his thirteenth recording. This after-the-fact soundtrack composing, though rare, is not unprecedented. In 2015 guitarist Aram Bajakian wrote and self produced a recording--an unofficial soundtrack--to the 1969 Soviet film The Color Of Pomegranates, an exploration of the life of the Armenian poet, Sayat-Nova. Abbasi, for his inspiration, writes a score for the vintage black and white ...

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Tori Freestone Trio: El Mar De Nubes

Read "El Mar De Nubes" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The third album by Tori Freestone's trio, following her debut In The Chop House (Whirlwind Recordings, 2014) and follow-up El Barranco (Whirlwind Recordings, 2016) is no less intriguing than its two predecessors. As with El Barranco, she takes her inspiration for El Mar De Nubes from her visits to the Canary Islands and, specifically, from Tenerife's mountainous terrain on its north-eastern corner, at the Mar De Nubes (literally translated as a “Sea of Clouds") with its spectacular, breathtaking vista, as ...


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