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Gregg Belisle-Chi: Book of Hours

Read "Book of Hours" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

"If it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art." This opinion, from Arnold Schönberg, comes to mind when confronted with the first couple of minutes of New York-based guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi's third outing as a leader. Structure and tonality are absent from the get-go. The careful accumulation of intervals presented on the opening track is more reminiscent of the unsettling effect of twelve tone music, the invention credited to Schönberg ...

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Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos: Volume 3

Read "Volume 3" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

At the tender age of four, Isabella Golombisky shows the promise of a young Kandinsky. Her artwork adorns this inspired release from her father, Matthew, wherein she uses colours not contained by lines, and gives priority to form over content. Or maybe it was a jolly good splash at the kitchen table. Either way, 'Izzi' is clearly a singular talent, but then so is her dad. Raised in North Carolina, Matthew Golombisky was doing a composition Master's in ...

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Phil Schurger: The Waters Above

Read "The Waters Above" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist/composer Phil Schurger is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He leads his Chicago-based quartet--previously heard on Echoes of the Ancestors (ears&eyes, 2017)--through six expansive originals. The tracks run an average of ten minutes or more apiece, and they attain that length through compositional complexity rather than extended solos (although the band is blessed with very strong soloists). Not only that, but the entire set hangs together like a suite, with each tune leading naturally to the next.

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Juan Bayon: Vidas Simples

Read "Vidas Simples" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Bassist Juan Bayon has helped shape the sound of contemporary Argentinian jazz with Kuai Records. As well as recording his own music, he has kept himself busy running one of the most exciting new labels in modern jazz. However, his third album as a leader, Vidas Simples, is a brief departure from his association with Kuai as Bayon joins the roster of Matthew Golombisky's ears&eyes records. In many ways, it is a perfect match that underlines the ...

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Chad Taylor: Myths and Morals

Read "Myths and Morals" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the beginning of it all: one sound, one language, but then there was the fall of Babel. One tongue turned into many. Difference became a reality and a way of exclusion. A myth can both unite and exclude like morality can judge and misjudge. The past becomes separated from the present and the future is already on the horizon. How can one find a way back to that unity of space, music as the beating heart, the breathing lungs? ...

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Daniel Bruce: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In the ever-growing scene of jazz-guitar today it is getting harder to distinguish oneself from the rest of the crowd. When taking a look around current stirrings in jazz, the guitar seems to be experiencing a renaissance as the main vehicle in the genre-new formations with the instrument at their core emerging all over the globe. Like Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, Matthew Stevens or Gilad Hekselman--to name a few--Ohio-based Dan Bruce is among those musicians searching to establish a proper ...

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Charles Rumback: Tag Book

Read "Tag Book" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of this year's pleasant surprises has been the emergence of drummer Charles Rumback's trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim Baker. In fact, their debut, Threes, was so good that it immediately whetted the appetite for more. Who would have thought the wish would be fulfilled so soon? Tag Book is culled from the same live sessions at Constellation in Chicago as Threes and could be seen as the subdued sibling of its predecessor. It ...


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