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Lorenzo Feliciati & Michele Rabbia: Antikythera

Read "Antikythera" reviewed by Don Phipps

Light, bouncy, funky, mysterious, cosmopolitan, chill, ambient—the music on Antikythera, an album by Lorenzo Feliciati and Michele Rabbia is all of these things. The album has an urban vibe, albeit a slow-motion one , with none of the jarring effects and noise that often accompany city living. Beyond handling the bass duties, Feliciati plays keyboards and electric guitar and adds dashes of samples and sounds. Rabbia handles the drums and adds his own electronics to the mix. And ...

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Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 1)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Swiss band Sonar released Vortex (RareNoiseRecords) in 2018, bringing American avant-garde guitarist David Torn along for the ride. The addition of a third guitar to Sonar's two guitar / bass / drums lineup was a crunchy, hypnotic, funk-grooving, hard-driving multi-layered success. A follow-up of sorts, Tranceportation (Volume 1) brings more of the same, and then some. While Torn was originally employed as the producer of Vortex, he apparently found Sonar's music for the planned recording compelling. It ...

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Francesco Guerri: Su Mimmi Non Si Spara!

Read "Su Mimmi Non Si Spara!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The work of Italian cellist Francesco Guerri is wholly inclusive. It presents with both gravitas and playfulness, a classically-influenced standing and free- mindedness, and a general sense of wonder connected to the sculpting of sound. A solo recital set apart by an embrace of extended techniques, artful preparations and personalized tunings, Su Mimmi Non Si Spara! is a statement that moves beyond music, embracing visions of possibility in its every expression. Guerri opens this expansive offering with ...

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Keiji Haino / Merzbow / Balázs Pándi: Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

Read "Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are two ways to deal with an oncoming storm. One is to run and take cover, and the other is to confront its fury head-on. Sure, it's rare to require music listeners to plan a strategy before pressing play or dropping a needle to vinyl (this disc is released as a CD or 2-LP), but proper precautions are warranted here. Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer is a follow-up to Keiji Haino, Merzbow, and Balázs Pándi's 2016 release An ...

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Chat Noir: Hyperuranion

Read "Hyperuranion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Celebrating its seventh release—and third album by this London-based band for Rare Noise—is an eclectic union of progressive rock, krautrock, jazz and ambient-electronica with pathways into futuristic techno-like permutations. In addition, pioneering Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer performs on four tracks. At times the program conveys sonic characteristics of a cathedral recording due to resonating licks and textures that dissipate into deep space, generating a semblance of spiritual activity. The musicians' parallel Plato's relatively deep doctrine, Hyperuranion, concerning ...

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The Jamie Saft Quartet: Hidden Corners

Read "Hidden Corners" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist John Coltrane's spiritual side came to prominence with 1965's A Love Supreme (Impulse! Records), and that's how he rolled—with ever- increasing fervor—until the end, soaring out of the solar system with Stellar Regions (Impulse, 1967), and extending his reach deep into the galaxy with Interstellar Space (Impulse, 1967) in his search for his version of God. And now, pianist/keyboardist Jamie Saft—inspired by Jewish mysticism—gets his spiritual groove on with Hidden Corners.Bolstering a growing and superb Rare Noise ...

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Liebman, Rudolph & Drake: Chi

Read "Chi" reviewed by John Ephland

Chi is another trio outing with saxophonist Dave Liebman and percussionist Adam Rudolph, the third leg on this stool being drummer Hamid Drake. It is a kind of follow-up to 2018's alternately serene and propulsive The Unknowable (RareNoise), on which Liebman and Rudolph were joined by percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Unlike The Unknowable, Chi was recorded in front of a live audience, at New York City's Stone in 2018. You'd never guess, though, given the superb acoustics and extremely ...


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