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Harris Eisenstadt / Achim Kaufmann / Mark Dresser: Starmelodics

Read "Starmelodics" reviewed by John Sharpe


Canadian drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt spans a broad spectrum. He has written for large ensemble, octets and small groups, in styles ranging from chamber to Senegalese pop. Though particularly enamored of African drum rhythms he also works readily in totally improvised settings, so his name on the sleeve rarely betokens an expected outcome. On Starmelodics, the drummer in conjunction with German pianist Achim Kaufmann and bass virtuoso Mark Dresser takes a slightly sideways look at the ...

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Denman Maroney/Ned Rothenberg/ Reuben Radding/Michael Sarin: Gaga

Read "Gaga" reviewed by Marc Medwin


Denman Maroney is one of the most exciting pianists around today, just as Nuscope is one of the finest labels for creative music. The pairing is an excellent one on this offering from Maroney, reed player Ned Rothenberg, bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Michael Sarin, all musicians in top form in the service of some stellar compositions.Gaga presents the free flow of innovative composition that still somehow manages to groove. Rhythmic propulsion is a bit less ...

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Mat Maneri / Denman Maroney: Distich

Read "Distich" reviewed by Nic Jones


Distich is a duo testing the limitations of its instrumentation. Mat Maneri brings his 5-string viola to bear and Denman Maroney his piano, on music that to all intents and purposes is concerned largely with new sonic possibilities.

This is especially pertinent in view of what might be called Maroney's extended use of the piano, through which he utilizes other elements of the instrument apart from the keyboard itself. The end result is a program of music as soundscape, in ...

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Guillermo Gregorio/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride: Chicago Approach

Read "Chicago Approach" reviewed by Nic Jones


The obvious precedent for any trio consisting of clarinet, piano and bass is the group that clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre once had with pianist Paul Bley and bassist Steve Swallow. But once that point has been made it serves no purpose in the discussion of this music, which is work that has to be dealt with on its own terms. And not least because of Guillermo Gregorio's clarinet playing, which is unlike anything in the jazz canon, and it's far more ...

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Frank Gratkowski - Fred Van Hove - Tony Oxley: GRATHOVOX

Read "GRATHOVOX" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Recorded in Germany, these improvisational giants align their very special talents for what may appear to be a most unusual yet largely gratifying set. The trio commences with an open-ended sequence of interlacing movements on “Tartar.” As the musicians explore microtonal sounds and subliminally constructed mini-themes. Drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley uses his darkly hued cymbals for accents, while pianist Fred Van Hove and multi-reedman Frank Gratkowski implement parallel tonalities. The band occasionally veers off into circularly devised motifs amid manically developed ...

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John Butcher - Phil Durrant - Peggy Lee: Intentions

Read "Intentions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Saxophonist, John Butcher and his British compatriot, violinist, Phil Durrant have performed together on numerous occasions, most notably for the “EMANEM” improvising label. Intentions marks the first trio outing, featuring the duo performing alongside Canadian cellist, Peggy Lee. And based upon the musicians’ respective pasts, the flavor of this production might satisfy many of our expectations. On this session, the trio explores contrapuntal statements amid delayed synchronizations while probing the inherent physical forces of their instruments. Throughout many of these ...

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John Butcher - Phil Durrant - Peggy Lee: Intentions

Read "Intentions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Saxophonist, John Butcher and his British compatriot, violinist, Phil Durrant have performed together on numerous occasions, most notably for the “EMANEM” improvising label. This release marks the first trio outing, featuring the former performing alongside Canadian cellist, Peggy Lee. And based upon the musicians’ respective pasts, the flavor of this production might satisfy many of our expectations. On this session, the trio explores contrapuntal statements amid delayed synchronizations while probing the inherent physical forces of their instruments. Throughout many of ...


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