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Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom: Duos & Trios

Read "Duos & Trios" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Italian musicians Sergio Armaroli (vibraphone) and Giancarlo Schiaffini (trombone) beckoned reputable Finland-reared Harri Sjostrom (saxophones) to join them for a session consisting of nine duos and three trios that are somewhat noteworthy due to the unconventional instrumentation. Per the album liners, the goal was to create 'events' such as “amazement, wonder or a good mood through the free formation of notes..." and so on. The artists' notes duly resonate via the crystal-clear audio production, providing additional clarity for ...

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Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Read "Time Labyrinth" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Simon Nabatov is well-known for his explosive semi-structured presentations and freely navigated improvisational advances within this seemingly limitless musical space. But Nabatov is a composer who often stretches the perceived limits of avant-garde jazz. With this effort, he pursues a largely new approach by employing chamberesque forums via an acoustic-electric platform, intensified by consummate woodwind aces Frank Gratkowski, Matthias Schubert and other stalwarts to round out a drummer-less Germany-based septet. In the liners, the leader states that ...

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Pat Battstone and Giorgia Santoro: Dream Notes

Read "Dream Notes" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Dream Notes is a collaborative effort by American pianist Patrick Battstone and Italian flautist Giorgia Santoro, along with Italian painter Daniela Chionna. Battstone connected to her paintings and had a strong affinity for her improvisational style. Previously her “Immersion" series of paintings was absorbed in his previous recording Elements. When she created the series, “Dream Notes," they were quite different from her previous works, having a Japanese tone, with a starkness which was set to a winter theme. Battstone set ...

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Urs Leimgruber - Andreas Willers - Alvin Curran - Fabrizio Spera: Rome-Ing

Read "Rome-Ing" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These venerable European improvisers tease and taunt the listeners' psyches with free-form minimalist sound-shaping designs and subdued inner-workings with gradual buildups and asynchronous movements, countered by explosive episodes of angst, tinted with creaky sub-motifs. With four lengthy works recorded live in Rome--hence, the album title—American pianist Alvin Curran and Swiss guitarist Andreas Willers incorporate electronics into this otherworldly manifestation of avant-garde frameworks. The players afford themselves plenty of room for discovery and invention while fusing the group ...

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Vinz Vonlanthen: No Man's Land

Read "No Man's Land" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss improvising guitarist Vinz Vonlanthen constructs his second solo guitar album since Oeil (Leo, 2004) amid his more recent collaborative recordings for Leo Records, largely featuring like-minded French artists. Otherwise, it's an apt album title via the guitarist's resonating electric avant-garde workouts, speckled with his wordless voice overlays on several tracks. Essentially, he conveys despair and an inhuman musical scenario with subliminal and mesmeric themes, as he perpetuates a distinct sense of the unknown. Vonlanthen seemingly layers ...

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Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Efflorescence Volume 1

Read "Efflorescence Volume 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Charles Darwin (1809—1882) might have set in motion, with his Theory of Biological Evolution, the idea that we humans are related to apes, but it was the later explorations into DNA and genetics that proves our basic structures are but a few variations from all other lifeforms on earth. What, you make ask, does this have to do with the duo of Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp? Plenty. Please allow a bit of hyperbole here. Let us imagine we are ...

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Marilyn Crispell - Tanya Kalmanovitch - Richard Teitelbaum: Dream Libretto

Read "Dream Libretto" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

World-class pianist, Marilyn Crispell crafts an endearing musical statement, where she and her cohorts execute a requiem framed on improvisations and succinct melodies based on the pianist's close friends and family who have passed on. Consequently, the first part of this set features Crispell, violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch and legendary electronics ace, Richard Teitelbaum, while the second part is a series of duets by the pianist and violinist. An eerie calm cloaks “I" propelled by Teitelbaum's ultra-low register and ...


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