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Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The German quartet mikroPULS experiments with using microtonality in the context of modern jazz, creating an environment where tiny movements of pitch infiltrate shadowy, blue-tinged ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: January 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Geir Åge Johnsen/Fredrik Sahlander/Bernt Moen 1+1=3 Losen Records 2019 What exactly does this title signify? It isn't quite clear, seeing as there are three players here and each counts as a positive one in any equation. Small mystery and all, though, it's a fun session brimming with good humor and smarts. The players here offer a mix of fresh compositions and old-school jazz staples, all offered with the same melodic charm and sharp dose of ...

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Michael Robinson: Where Composition, Programming & Raga Meet

Read "Michael Robinson: Where Composition, Programming & Raga Meet" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Los Angeles-based composer Michael Robinson's work is full of contradictions. It is produced via computer programming, a system which he refers to as “Meruvina." The name comes from the sanskrit word for musical instrument, “vina" and the name of the mountain where the Hindu gods reside, “Mount Meru," and consists of software, a computer, and a sound module that accesses both sampled and synthesized sounds. The system is digital, but uses the sound of acoustic instruments; fully notated, but the ...

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Ronnie Wood and Mike Zito: Tributes to Chuck Berry - Playin' Guitar Like Ringin' a Bell

Read "Ronnie Wood and Mike Zito: Tributes to Chuck Berry - Playin' Guitar Like Ringin' a Bell" reviewed by Doug Collette

Chuck Berry should be revered as one of American history's great storytellers. His depictions of people ("Johnny B. Goode"), places ("Memphis Tennessee) and things ("Rock and Roll Music") carried a vivid attention to detail further distinguished by the author's immediately recognizable electric guitar sound: marrying the blues with country music Berry set himself apart from forebears on the instrument including icons like Elmore James and T-Bone Walker. Little wonder this man has wielded such widespread influence over contemporary rock--where would ...

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Holiday Roundup 2019

Read "Holiday Roundup 2019" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

An exceptionally large and diverse group of holiday albums this year. Dave Stryker Eight Track Christmas Strikezone Records 2019 Prior to this album, guitarist Dave Stryker made three albums under the “Eight Track" moniker. As the title implies, they were all devoted to funky 1970s radio classics from sources like Motown, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Prince, as well as rock tunes from bands like Cream and The Zombies—using an organ trio ...

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We Jazz for your pleasure!

Read "We Jazz for your pleasure!" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Finland-based label We Jazz records is fast building a reputation for being one of Europe's top quality outlet for contemporary jazz. Only a rather small selection of records is released a year, though each one to great critical acclaim. The only thing tying the music on the different albums together are the meticulous production values; sound and physical appearance of the product are treated with as much care as the music itself— making each record a special work of art. ...

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Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra

Read "Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra" reviewed by John Eyles

Formed in September 2010, Switzerland's then 40-member Insub Meta Orchestra (IMO) issued its first album Archive #1 on the Insubordinations label in March 2012, closely followed by the digital release of Archive #2 in December 2012 and, by then 29-strong, Archive #3 on the new Insub label in February 2015. Following the release of 13 and 27 (Another Timbre, 2017) and the vinyl LP Choices and Melodies (Insub, 2018), the two albums below mark IMO's return to releasing CDs on ...


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