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Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain

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If music was sports, then Ivo Perelman would be baseball and most other musicians football. Where football's regular season is 16 games, baseball plays 162. Likewise, most musicians release one album every year or two, but Perelman has averaged seven titles per year for the last seven years. His 2017 Leo Records output is thirteen (fourteen, if you consider one release is a double live recording). Sure football fans, I mean casual jazz listeners, may scoff at the numbers. But ...

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Jazz from the US Virgin Islands' new breed

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September 2017 was a horrible month for the US Virgin Islands (USVI). As the New York Times wrote, “In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria Drowned What Irma Didn't Destroy." We should not forget that from these isles, a pool of talent has created music that has endured, survived, and influenced. Music writers and researchers have investigated the interrelationship between the mainland and the Virgin Islands jazz scenes to conclude that they have “a fundamental mutual relationship: the American jazz scene ...

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Joe Rosenberg's Ensembles

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Joe Rosenberg is a soprano saxophonist who, at one time, lived in the Bay Area collaborating with musicians like Dewey Redman and Buddy Collette and recording tributes to Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman. For the last several years he has been living in Asia and also collaborating with French musicians. These two CDs, by different configurations of his ensemble, showcase the sensuous, intriguing music he's been making lately. Joe Rosenberg Ensemble Rituals and Legends Quark

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Abbey Rader in the Spotlight: Ritual and Phenobarbital Sessions

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There are no springs in Coral Springs, Florida. What the Broward County city does have is a remarkable ability to adapt. Two of its most popular landmarks, The Coral Springs Center for the Arts and The Museum of Coral Springs History, were originally designed as a gymnasium and real estate office respectively. Despite its surprising lack of groundwater, this planned community northwest of Fort Lauderdale is nothing if not creative. Perhaps that's got something to do with free ...

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Stunt Records in the Spotlight: Enrico Pieranunzi and Sinne Eeg

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For a long time, Stunt Records has released high quality music from the Danish jazz scene, some albums have gone on to become classics while others have just pleased those in the know. In terms of genres, Stunt is a curious label with an ear for many genres, including avant-garde, world music, funk and fusion, but the identity of the label lies in releasing mainstream modern jazz that has a potential to reach many listeners. This is certainly the case ...

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Two Sides of John Wetton

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If there's one thing listeners and fans associate most with John Wetton, it's that voice. That's not to dismiss his roles as bassist and songwriter, however, which were also reasons his presence in U.K., Asia and early-1970s King Crimson had such an impact in the world of rock, progressive and otherwise. Since his passing in January 2017, the late singer's estate has had a busy year continuing the work of releasing and re-releasing some goodies from the vault that he ...

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The Pianist as Director: Ryuichi Sakamoto and August Rosenbaum

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The piano is a world itself, but sometimes it is just the starting point for an exploration of sounds in all possible shapes. In fact, some pianists are closer to directors of sounds than musicians focused on a single instrument. However, both the Japanese maestro, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the young, Danish composer and pianist, August Rosenbaum, have explored the possibilities of their instrument. For instance, Sakamoto recorded the highly recommended Playing the Piano (2009) and Rosenbaum has done diverse work ...

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A Sense of Place

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Music itself may be universal, but the circumstances of its birthplace (or places) so often aren't. Overt or otherwise, it can be fascinating how those factors don't just shape a recording, but become vital elements in themselves. Yukari Synchronic QFTF 2017 There's no place like home for Yukari Watanabe. In her case that means Brooklyn, where she happily declares that “the impossible became possible" for her. We don't need to ...

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David Murray Octets on Black Saint

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Younger jazz fans may be only dimly acquainted with the Italian record labels Black Saint and Soul Note, but during their prime in the 1980s both labels released jazz that was adventuresome and challenging without losing touch with tradition. As such, the imprints offered a compelling middle way between the major label output of the time (which was increasingly in thrall to the neo-conservative “young lions" movement) and hard-core avant-garde labels releasing music for a tiny number of initiates.


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