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3x3: Piano Trios: July 2021

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: July 2021" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Lest there be any doubt that the classic trio remains as malleable as ever, we have an eclectic batch exploring the range of what the format is capable of—familiar and conventional, or very much otherwise. Dahveed Behroozi Echos Sunnyside Records 2021 While Dahveed Behroozi's CV emphasizes his extensive training in both jazz and classical, those are pretty misleading reference points for what he offers on his second release. True, there's an unmistakable ...


Elsewhere Return Visitors

Read "Elsewhere Return Visitors" reviewed by John Eyles

As the Elsewhere label's third anniversary, in July 2021, closely followed the June release of its fifteenth and sixteenth albums, it seemed an appropriate time to look back. In a way, those two albums tell a large part of the story as, together, they feature three musicians who are all return visitors to the label, Anastassis Philippakopoulos appearing on his second Elsewhere release, Jürg Frey on his third and Melaine Dalibert on his fifth. And, given that the label has ...


Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac: A Green Sun Sets On The Blue Horizon

Read "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac: A Green Sun Sets On The Blue Horizon" reviewed by Scott Gudell

There are times when the stars align in a dramatic and symbiotic way. Although Mick Fleetwood had talked about a tribute concert to honor friend and British blues slide guitar giant Peter Green for years, Fleetwood was tenacious and succeeded in bringing together an all-star roster of close to 20 musicians on February 25, 2020, days before the world began to shut down and people were forced to sequester. The event may never have happened if it had been delayed ...


Wilburt Lee Reliford and Nic Clark: No Ill Wind Blown Here

Read "Wilburt Lee Reliford and Nic Clark: No Ill Wind Blown Here" reviewed by Doug Collette

For a musical instrument so small, the range in sound(s) from a harmonica is nothing less than remarkable. The airy tones of Toots Thielemans and Howard Levy sound nothing like the earthy warbles that of Little Walter and James Cotton, while sinuous lines from the late Norton Buffalo, long-time member of the Steve Miller Band. hardly resemble the gutsy textures Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band blew so lustily he could practically replicate a whole horn section. Along those ...


Explore Ensemble debut on Another Timbre

Read "Explore Ensemble debut on Another Timbre" reviewed by John Eyles

For some time, Apartment House (or prominent members such as Anton Lukoszevieze, Mira Benjamin or Philip Thomas) have featured on the lion's share of Another Timbre releases to the extent that the ensemble could almost be considered the label's house band; given the high quality of Apartment House's players and their playing, that has been good news for the label's listeners and for the composers whose music the ensemble has performed. In light of that situation, the arrival of Another ...


Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisation Series

Read "Michael Robinson's Piano Improvisation Series" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Keyboardist and composer Michael Robinson is well known for performing his genre-defying electronic works on his invention, the Meruvina. He is also an accomplished pianist who has released several solo improvisations, including three in 2021. A mix of originals and radically reimagined standards, each consists of three or four long tracks that fully reflect Robinson's individuality and talent. Micheal Robinson Star Girl Azure Miles 2021 The captivating Star Girl opens with a unique ...


Two Great Canadian Female Composers

Read "Two Great Canadian Female Composers" reviewed by John Eyles

When Another Timbre released its groundbreaking ten-album Canadian Composers Series in 2017 and 2018, the record label made a subtle point by including two albums each from composers Linda Catlin Smith and Cassandra Miller. Smith's album Dirt Road had already been issued by the label in 2016, but Miller's two albums in the series--O Zomer! and About Bach--were her very first. During a Lifetime by Toronto-born Berlin resident Chiyoko Szlavnics ensured the series had a 50/50 gender balance. ...


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