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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Casper Nyvang Rask's "Slow Evolution Ensemble": Slow Evolution Ensemble

Read "Slow Evolution Ensemble" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Artists presenting their debut album usually draw heavily on their influences, and end up sounding like them, in a watered down way. Danish bassist Casper Nyvang Rask takes a different tangent, assembling his “Slow Evolution Ensemble"—five reeds, two drummers, and two double bass players—to create a unique and personal sound of an engaging avant-garde variety.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More

Read "Dominik Wania, Satoko Fujii, Alistair Spence And More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Italian saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano's latest recording is really about love--not so much the romantic kind, but more about the love that jazz musicians and fans have for enduring compositions written by the likes of Charlie Haden, Abdullah Ibrahim, John Coltrane, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry.

And let's not forget about creative music's love affair ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nikita Rafaelov: Spirit of Gaia

Read "Spirit of Gaia" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Russia-born pianist Nikita Rafaelov adopted Finland as his homeland, and music as his passion. He began with the classics at an early age before the inspirations of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and John Coltrane came his way. His jazz recording debut on Copenhagen, Denmark's Gotta Let it Out Records, Spirit of Gaia, is described as: ..."a ...