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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex LoRe Quartet: More Figs And Blue Things

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Saxophonist Alex LoRe is a musician of philosophical and poetic bent. With his debut--Dream House (Inner Circle Music, 2014)--that wasn't always apparent, as the scales slightly favored progress over patience. Here, the balance tips the other way, but not so much so that things become tedious. LoRe may be a deep thinker, but he doesn't allow his music to get mired in his own thoughts. There are two major agents of change that help More Figs And ...

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Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

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Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough presents a trio album with only one of his originals, a reversal of his usual approach. He was a student of the late Paul Bley, and although there is no formal dedication the program has an air of homage about it. Kimbrough first heard three of the selections played by Bley's mid-60's trio. This group with bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield has a similar adventurous, open spirit. There are also nods to drummer Paul Motian ...

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John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, Matthew Shipp: Tangle

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Recorded at Café Oto in February 2014, on the first night of pianist Matthew Shipp's three-day residency at the venue, Tangle is the first recording of the trio of saxophonist John Butcher and synthesiser player Thomas Lehn with Shipp. (The YouTube clip, below, was filmed on the night in question.) Typically, there were previous links between the three, with evidence being available on past Fataka releases; Butcher and Lehn had first collaborated as far back as 1996 and, in June ...

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Duncan Lamont Big Band: As If By Magic

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Mention Mr Benn to people who were young children (or university students) in early 1970s Britain. They may well smile ruefully, develop a far-away look in their eyes and mutter something about things having been much better back then. Nostalgia is a wonderful feeling. At least some of that warm feel-good glow can be put down to the music on this album-- As If By Magic--and its composer, saxophonist Duncan Lamont.The bowler-hatted Mr Benn lived in 52 Festive ...

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Steve Messick: Endemic Ensemble: Tangled

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Veteran composer/bassist Steve Messick has brought back the eclectic group of musicians he formed in 2010, Endemic Ensemble, for a new album entitled Tangled. The session presents nine new compositions, three each from Messick, pianist David Franklin, and saxophonist Matso Limtiaco. The ensemble, rounded out by drummer Christian Krehbiel, and noted saxophonist Travis Ranney, have created an album of solid compositions and arrangements, skillfully crafted in the big band tradition, but presented more with a hard bop edge.

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Dave's Picks Volume 20: CU Events Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO - December 9, 1981

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Dave's Pick's Volume 20 marks a milestone in the Grateful Dead's current archive series, its significance not lost on the curator, David Lemieux. Yet rather than indulge in nostalgia in his notes accompanying this set, the man chooses to take the success of the series as further inspiration to carry on, not just with these quarterly releases, but the judicious exhumation of the iconic band's vault in general. A little over a year after the Grateful Dead began ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris

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Various Artists The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris Rounder Records 2016 When Emmylou Harris truly began her solo career, after working with the late Gram Parsons upon recommendation from Chris Hillman, she quite quickly transcended the s 'cosmic American music' created by the former member of the Byrds and the co-founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Over the course of its near two-hour duration, The Life and Songs draws the arc of Harris' career ...

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Psalms and Poetry: Den Danske Salmeduo and Nicolai Munch-Hansen

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Sometimes, the answer to the quest for an original sound is so obvious that it is overlooked. While many European jazz musicians have tried to imitate the sound of the American jazz scene and the pulse of New York, fewer have tried to reach back into their own musical heritage. Two new Danish jazz releases find inspiration in their home country. One through the European tradition of psalms and the other through the works of a Danish poet.


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