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Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads

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The Weekertoft label was set up jointly by English improvising guitarist John Russell and pianist Paul G. Smyth of the Irish rock band The Jimmy Cake. Their partnership dates back to September 2001 when they played as a duo at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, followed in December 2001 by a duo at Mopomoso, the London-based improv club that the guitarist has hosted every month since 1991. (YouTube footage of the duo, filmed by Helen Petts, in 2010, can be ...

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Steel Guitar, Snow and Sunny Beaches: Five New Albums on Losen Records

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Odd Gjelsnes' Norwegian label, Losen Records, has been incredibly prolific in recent years, releasing a staggering amount of quality albums. However, with so much music, it is hard to keep up with the pace. Here is an attempt to summarize a little portion of the recent recording activity of the label. Old names return, new names enter the roster and throughout it all, the visual expression of painter Sylva Karin Johansen connects some of the releases that are otherwise highly ...

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Mysteries Of The Deep and Binary from Brian (Shankar) Adler

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The compact disc probably won't disappear anytime soon, but the importance of the physical product is on the wane in the music world. Drummer Brian (Shankar) Adler works the “digital download only" mode of operation in his music-making sojourn, with two marvelous, mysterious, free-flowing EP sets, Mysteries of the Deep and Binary. Brian Shankar Adler Mysteries Of The Deep Circavision Productions 2016 Adler is one of those rare percussionists who takes the rhythmic ...

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Piano & More: Rich Halley 5, Casey Golden Trio, Jeff Denson Quartet, Fred Hersch Trio, Peter Erskine Trio, & Sirius Quartet

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An assortment of striking jazz/improvisation recordings. Three of them are piano trios--each with their own unique character--but two of them have no piano, or any other harmonic instrument. Rich Halley 5 The Outlier Pine Eagle Records 2016 Tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's longstanding quartet with trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bassist Clyde Reed and drummer Carson Halley--last heard on Eleven (Pine Eagle Records, 2015)--becomes a quintet with the addition of reed player Vinny Golia. ...

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Latin Jazz Roundup: Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Terceto Kali, Will Jarvis, Livio Almeida, & Sergio Pereira

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A wide variety of recent Latin jazz releases. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and flamenco influences are all represented. Mike Freeman ZonaVibe Blue Tjade VOF Recordings 2015 Vibraphonist Mike Freeman leads his ZonaVibe group through an exciting program of Latin jazz originals on his sixth album as leader. The title tune acknowledges the great Latin jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader--but he is only one of the forebears referenced. “Dance of the Dead" was influenced by a ...

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Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

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Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and--if you include the bass clarinet--Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was considered deeply uncool in the age of fusion. The uncompromising music of these brave souls did little to sway anyone who was not predisposed ...

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U.S. Jazz From Denmark: Six Recent SteepleChase Releases

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The opportunity to listen to six recently released discs on the venerable SteepleChase label (and the SteepleChase LookOut branch) is a little like reading an anthology of short stories by distinguished authors from a particular year or period. You get a hearty helping of vital, mature voices, most of whom operate somewhere in the jazz mainstream, without too much of an overlap of the artists' values, proclivities, and preferences. By and large, each leader and his cohort make a legitimate ...

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Jeremy Monteiro & Eugene Pao: To Paris With Love, A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand / Jeremy Monteiro & Jazz Brazileiro: Brazilian Dreams

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Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's aptly titled King of Swing, is celebrating forty years as a professional jazz pianist and composer in 2016. These two releases span the last twelve months and find Monteiro in two quite distinct settings. The first recording, To Paris with Love: A Tribute to the Genius of Michel Legrand finds Monteiro in a duo setting with the great Hong Kong guitarist Eugene Pao, reinterpreting the songbook of the prolific French composer/arranger. Brazilian Dreams, as the title intimates, ...


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