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Tom Guarna: Spirit Science

Read "Spirit Science" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Guitarist / composer Tom Guarna uses geometric concepts and patterns as a starting point on Spirit Science, his eighth album as leader, pairing its mathematical precision with spiritual awareness to more faithfully represent his musical point of view. Be that as it may, Guarna's handiwork must of course be appraised for its perception and effect on the listener, not for any tenets on which it is based. In other words, when all the premises have been explored, what ...

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Tom Guarna: Spirit Science

Read "Spirit Science" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


With The Wishing Stones (Destiny Records, 2017) New York-based guitarist Tom Guarna released something of a breakthrough album, featuring a prominently cast quartet made up of Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and pianist Jon Cowherd. With that album Guarna perfected his personal style of composition, which sees post-bop language taken to more extensive structures filtered through modern sonic production values. Spirit Science picks up where that album left off and delivers another engaging set of modern post-bop ...

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Charlie Rauh: Hiraeth

Read "Hiraeth" reviewed by Jim Olin


Charlie Rauh is a musician with a very diverse background. He is also an incredibly skilled guitarist who knows how to use the instrument to capture all the different nuances of his compositions. His music defies the average expectation which the audience imposes on guitar players. He knows how to embrace melody but, perhaps, one of the most interesting aspects of Rauh's work on Hiraeth is that he often lets melodies interact with dissonance, adding more value to the texture ...

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Michael Eaton: Dialogical

Read "Dialogical" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Saxophonist Michael Eaton covers a lot of ground on this CD, using several different configurations of musicians in a program that encompasses angular, funk-laced fusion, airy sax and flute duets, a multi-saxophone workout and minimalism in the Philip Glass style. A key sideman here is guitarist Lionel Loueke whose unique style of playing and singing appears on four tracks. His clipped Morse-code vocals and guitar thread through the angular rhythms of “Juno" and “Aphoristic," complementing the swirling, choppy ...

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Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell: What We Have In Common

Read "What We Have In Common" reviewed by Jim Olin


Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell combine the immediacy of folk music with the unique twists of jazz. Their guitar playing is nuanced, making the most out of every detail of their performances. Rauh and Mizell both have a knack for focusing on the small things, making each moment special. However, they can also work on the bigger picture. As a result, What We Have In Common is an album which feels understated and direct. It is not an ...

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Michael Eaton: Dialogical

Read "Dialogical" reviewed by Troy Dostert


A saxophonist and composer with uncommon ambition, Michael Eaton seems to recognize no limits whatsoever on his craft. He's played in virtually every style imaginable: free improvisation, Latin jazz, post-bop, classical, reggae and rock, just to scratch the surface--and he keeps company with a cross-section of today's cutting-edge players, including James Brandon Lewis, Michael Attias and Jonathan Finlayson, all of whom appeared in a much-feted concert he put together with Adam Minkoff in 2015 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of ...

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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It's not stretching the imagination to wonder where and how New York City fits the myriad of excellent jazz players who call the city home. They come, gratefully, from everywhere, bringing with them fresh ideas, odd twists on the tried and true and a creative energy that lights this most fertile diaspora. Making comparisons with Dave Brubeck can often be a stretch of that same imagination and also a fool's errand. But Whiteley, who navigates his many selves—his ...


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