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Christy Doran: Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh

Read "Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Irish-born, Lucerne-based guitarist Christy Doran is as versatile as he is prolific. From the beguiling duo collaboration with Chinese pipa virtuoso Yang Jing that was No. 9 (Leo Records, 2013) and the swaggering alt-rock of New Bag's Mesmerized (Double Moon Records, 2013) to Bunter Hund's genre-busting, accordion-cum-guitar driven Walkin' The Dog (Unit Records 2014) and the experimental electro-acoustic Kontaktchemie (Boomslang Records, 2016) with drummer Alfred Vogel, Doran's music is nothing if not a moveable feast. Undercurrent--the fourteenth in a series ...

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Martial Solal: My One And Only Love: Live at Theater Gütersloh

Read "My One And Only Love: Live at Theater Gütersloh" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

English poet Samuel Johnson famously and accurately remarked that “He that runs against Time has an antagonist not subject to casualties." With that statement, Johnson essentially cut to the ultimate truth behind man's battle with mortality, the powers of change, and the swift dominance of the aging process. But he didn't say it all. What he failed to address was the other side of the coin--those rare few that, while still on Earth, manage to flip Time from adversary to ...

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Christy Doran: Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh

Read "Undercurrent - Live at Theater Gutersloh" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This release by acclaimed Irish-Swiss guitarist Christy Doran (Tim Berne, Carla Bley, Pierre Favre) denotes volume 14 of the European Jazz Legends series, all performed at the German venue, Theater Gutersloh. With the trio Sound Fountain, Doran synthesizes his mega-talented musical persona, along with nods to one of his primary influences, Jimi Hendrix. Indeed, the audience was most appreciative as the trio opens the set with a capacious walking blues motif on “You'd Never Know You Know," where ...

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Hans Lüdemann - Trio Ivoire: Desert Pulse

Read "Desert Pulse" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Pianist Hans Ludemann's past is steeped in modern and outside jazz realms amid his affiliations with trombonist Albert Mangelsdorf, pianist Paul Bley and other forward-looking explorers. But as the liner notes point out, the artist switched gears after a trip to West Africa in 1999 where he met balaphone performer Aly Keita who uses the melodic / percussive mallet instrument on this set. Whereas, special guests include, trumpeter Reiner Winterschladen who injects an additional jazz flavor along with Ballake Sissoko ...

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Miroslav Vitous: Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh

Read "Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This live album celebrates the 8th edition of the German record label's European Jazz Legends series, culminating in a book to be published in 2018. And each album is finalized with an interview track. So, it would make sense that eminent Czech bassist and co-founder of Weather Report, Miroslav Vitous would be included in the progression of this series. Other than drummer Roberto Gatto, the quintet comprises the same personnel who appeared on the successful Music of Weather Report (ECM, ...

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Jurgen Hagenlocher: Leap In The Dark

Read "Leap In The Dark" reviewed by Edward Blanco

German-born saxophonist Jürgen Hagenlocher's third album as a leader, Leap In The Dark, is an interestingly designed mix of traditional and modern-styled jazz--an interesting walk through a selection of eight sophisticated, airy and remarkably accessible original compositions. Recording in New York, Hagenlocher formed a new quintet for this album, retaining trumpet luminary Alex Sipiagin from his previous disc, and putting him alongside veteran pianist David Kikoski, bassist extraordinaire Boris Kozlov and drummer Nate Smith.The saxophonist--who has recorded as ...

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Jerry Bergonzi: Three Point Shot

Read "Three Point Shot" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Musicians often benefit from the stimulus provided by a interacting with a new group of cohorts. If nothing else, personnel changes can remake the creative process and offer dramatically altered results. In an art form like jazz, that leans heavily on improvisation, this can only be a good thing. It is, therefore, a pleasant surprise to hear tenor saxophonist/educator Jerry Bergonzi working with an altogether different rhythm section in Europe, consisting of two Polish musicians. Better still, this trio has ...


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