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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies at The Stone

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Adam Rudolph's Galaxies The Stone New York, NY May 10, 2018 On May 10, 2018, as part of a week-long residency at The Stone, percussionist and cosmic traveler Adam Rudolph convened an assembly of stardust worthy of the name Galaxies. Backed by a flowing red curtain and facing a sold-out audience, he welcomed bassist Bill Laswell, guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Hamid Drake, reedman Ralph M. Jones, and electronics guru James Dellatacoma for an ...

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Nik Bartsch's Ronin at Constellation in Chicago

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Constellation Chicago, IL May 10, 2018 On May 10th 2018, Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch brought his quartet, Ronin to Chicago's Constellation. In the venue's intimate studio B the ensemble stretched out on material from its latest album to date, the sublime Awase (ECM, 2018). It kept the close to 200-member audience captivated with their collective performance. Bärtsch opened the concert with tolling notes from the piano strings. Multireed player Sha ...

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Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams & Matt Wilson at Mezzrow Jazz Club

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Denny Zeitlin, Buster Williams, Matt Wilson Mezzrow Jazz Club New York, NY May 5, 2018 It was cramped on Cinco de Mayo in Mezzrow. Real cramped. Just as it should be for the last night of Denny Zeitlin's rare, four night residency. A West Coast resident, Zeitlin doesn't get out this way much, so when he does, the people respond, listen, and marvel. Denny Zeitlin may not be a name that rolls off ...

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Duski at the Bronx Bar

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Duski The Bronx Bar and Restaurant Teignmouth, Devon May 2, 2018 “Do you want happy or loud?" Aidan Thorne asked the audience calling for an encore. In the event the extra piece was both, as indeed were most of the numbers Duski played this night. The band hails from Wales, and their first number was “Flat Holm," referring to one of two islands in the Bristol Channel--Steep Holm is English, Flat Holm is ...

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Radio Underground at The Last Stop Sports Bar

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Radio Underground The Last Stop Sports Bar Winooski, Vermont May 6, 2018 It's a special pleasure to catch a band on the rise, and even more so at the threshold of a breakthrough. Chicago at Tanglewood in 1970 come to mind as does the Who at Fillmore East in 1968. And then there's Neil Young and Crazy Horse on their run of California theaters in the spring of 2018. Vermont's own Radio ...

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at (Le) Poisson Rouge

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (Le) Poisson Rouge New York, NY May 6, 2018 On May 6, 2018, Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch brought his refashioned Ronin outfit to New York City. The band's name comes from the word meaning “masterless samurai," and indeed listeners can't help but feel that Bärtsch and his melodic warriors have gone rogue for so long that their footprints are practically indistinguishable. At the way station known as (Le) ...

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Lello Molinari Quartet at Regatta Bar

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Lello Molinari Quartet Regatta BarCambridge, Massachusetts May 1, 2018 During the creation of Lello Molinari's current release Lello's Italian Job, Vol. 2(March, 2018) the renown jazz bassist was intentionally stepping back to his roots of southern Italy, specifically Naples--which he left in 1986 to study at the Berklee College of Music, in Boston. In Lello's own words he empathized, “If you think about Italian music, it's like saying 'Jazz'--there's so much and it's so ...

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Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet at Sonorities Festival Belfast 2018

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Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener Quartet Sonic Lab Sonorities Festival Belfast jny:Belfast, N. Ireland April 21, 2018 Sonorities Festival Belfast is one of Ireland's longest-running contemporary music festivals. This year saw the biannual SFB hit the thirty-year mark and to celebrate the milestone festival directors Miguel Ortiz and Simon Waters assembled an eclectic programme of contemporary musicians, composers and sound artists that straddled the worlds of multi-media performance, classical, contemporary string and choral, electronica, audio-visual ...

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Jazzahead! 2018

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Bremen Trade Fair Hall Jazzahead! Bremen, Germany April 21-23, 2018 Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three days, and a concluding club night spread across the town is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article, you'll find a ...

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Steven Wilson at the Keswick Theater

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Steven Wilson The Keswick Theater Glenside, PA April 25, 2018 If rockers are usually supposed to slow down and lose their edge as they get older, Steven Wilson obviously missed the memo. He's a little way behind the departing or retiring rock royalty of the '70s (not that they've all become dinosaurs either), but he seems to be only getting more fired up as his solo career progresses. His restless insistence on mad genre-hopping does ...