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Piano Times Seven

Read "Piano Times Seven" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Every jazz pianist plays in their own individual style. These recent albums demonstrate the way seven particular players approach the instrument. Laurent Nicoud Outline QFTF 2020 This is a solo disc by a pianist whose background in classical music shows through the formal drama of his approach to more improvisational work. Laurent Nicoud has an icy but thoughtful touch to his playing that gives weight to each individual note even when ...

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We Jazz Live: Jazz From Finland

Read "We Jazz Live: Jazz From Finland" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Documenting the Finnish label We Jazz Records' ongoing live activities, the “We Jazz Live Plates" volumes present a fairly complete overview of the label's roster of talent in a live environment. Volumes 2 and 3 of this project have been released together and present recordings of various projects' performances at the Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki on the one hand (Ateneum 2019), and open-air concerts captured on the island of Lonna, just outside Helsinki, on the other (Lonna 2019). From ...

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Gordon Grdina: Singular and Prolific

Read "Gordon Grdina: Singular and Prolific" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gordon Grdina continues his singular and prolific career path with not one but two different recordings conducted with two separate musical ensembles. Accurate and vivid reflections of his eclectic mix of what is, in simplest terms, mainstream jazz, free/improv and Arabic music. Nomad Trio and Resist also build upon his background as protégé of jazz great Gary Peacock: Grdina has become a well-respected contributor to both the jazz and world music realms. For a point of comparison, the music on ...

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Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1 - 2)

Read "Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1 - 2)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss art rock/minimalist band Sonar have been collaborating with American guitarist/live looper David Torn since their album Vortex (RareNoiseRecords, 2018). After that they documented live performance together with Live At Moods (7d Media, 2018), and Torn also played a prominent role in Sonar leader Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019). Torn had come to the Vortex sessions primarily as producer. But his guest playing slots were so exciting for both him and the band that he was ...

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Global Fusions and African Connections

Read "Global Fusions and African Connections" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whatever may be going wrong in the world, there are always some figures (especially artists) out there reminding us of the importance of community and celebration. Without making a direct statement on the strange circumstances of 2020, this batch of recordings nonetheless offers just the kind of vibrant affirmation the times need. Duende Libre The Dance She Spoke Self Produced 2020 There's a lot of common ground (well, figuratively) between characteristics of South ...

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Three very different sides of Alex Ward

Read "Three very different sides of Alex Ward" reviewed by John Eyles

Having released his first album back in 1991--recorded when he was fifteen--clarinetist, saxophonist, guitarist, composer, improviser and band leader Alex Ward has kept up a steady and eclectic stream of releases ever since, averaging five a year since 2018. Among other things, he plays guitar, sings and co-writes the material in the duo Dead Days Beyond Help with drummer Jem Doulton, leads the bands Forebrace, Items 4 & 10, the Alex Ward Quintet and Sextet. Despite such productivity, Ward manages ...

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Samo Šalamon: Common Flow & Rare Ebb

Read "Samo Šalamon: Common Flow & Rare Ebb" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When last heard from, Slovenian guitarist/composer Samo Šalamon released a diverse trio of albums in a single month: an eleven-piece free jazz orchestra; a chamber trio of viola, acoustic guitars and drums; and a “free modern jazz punk avantgarde groove quartet." These two albums are another simultaneous release, but with a difference. They document two sessions recorded on the same day: each containing the same eleven Salamon compositions, and performed by the same three musicians—but with different instrumentation on each ...


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