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Two "Unusual" releases on Another Timbre

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In Another Timbre's brief notes about the label's autumn 2020 releases, two of the five album descriptions included the word “unusual," the first time that this has occurred. Monument of Diamonds is described as “using an unusual 17-tone scale developed by Erv Wilson." That is followed by the blurb for Good Day Good Day Bad Day Day, which makes a link between the two: “Talking of unusual, Oliver Leith's extraordinary 45-minute piece for piano, keyboards and percussion."

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Two From The Pyroclastic Label: Cory Smythe & Eric Revis

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The Pyroclastic label run by pianist Kris Davis received a lot of attention last year due to the critical acclaim given Davis' own album on the label, Diatom Ribbons. It has kept going this year, continuing to present challenging projects by forward thinking musicians. Here are a couple of them. Cory Smythe Accelerate Every Voice Pyroclastic 2020 Inspired by Andrew Hill's Lift Every Voice, (Blue Note, 1970), album for quintet and ...

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2 Quartets on We Jazz Records

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Finnish label We Jazz Records is back with two quartet recordings. Both are intriguing in their respective ways, which differ from each other in almost every aspect. Let's have a closer look... Otis Sandsjö Y-Otis 2 We Jazz Records 2020 Berlin-based, Swedish-native saxophonist Otis Sandsjö's sophomore album and second stance under the Y-Otis moniker picks up where the debut left off, presenting a more developed mix of choppy hip-hop rhythms wrapped in ...

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Blues Masters: Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite and New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

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The tradition of the blues remains tried but true over generations of musicians and fans, the devotion of the latter mirroring and complementing the loyalty of the former. And the twisting, turning geography of the music's evolution, from Africa to the Southern delta (and its adjacent hill country) up the Mississippi River to Chicago, is itself a reflection of that longstanding relationship. Likewise, the career paths of Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite long ran parallel before intersecting at the understated ...

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Two contrasting Covid-19 recordings from Switzerland

Read "Two contrasting Covid-19 recordings from Switzerland" reviewed by John Eyles

The chaos brought about by the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown hit the livelihoods of most musicians, causing real hardship, difficulties and anxiety for many. The Another Timbre label took action to assist them in several practical ways; it distributed over £3,000 from sales during the pandemic to many musicians whose work it released; in conjunction with other organisations, it put together special playlists and podcasts which were sold via Bandcamp, with the proceeds going to musicians. Finally, and most relevant here, ...

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One Lineup, Two Approaches

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These two releases have the same instrumental lineup, a jazz quintet fronted by saxophone and trumpet plus a string quartet. They even use the same trumpet player, Michael Rodriguez. However the two CDs take this formation down different paths. Brian Landrus For Now Blueland 2020 Baritone saxophonist Brian Landrus goes in an openly romantic direction here, leading a set of thirteen relatively compact original compositions and jazz standards. He and ...

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Cristián Alvear on INSUB

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Since the Chilean guitarist Cristián Alvear first appeared in Europe and had his debut album, 24 Petits Préludes Pour La Guitare, released by Edition Wanderweiser, in 2013, he has been highly productive and visible, releasing about forty albums in some seven years. Impressive as that figure may seem, even more so are the labels he has recorded for—including Another Timbre, Cathnor, Ftarri and Potlatch—and, although much of his work is solo, the range of musicians with whom he has collaborated—including, ...


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