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ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Jazz from Detroit

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Jazz from Detroit
Mark Stryker
342 pages
ISBN: 978-0472074266
University of Michigan Press
2019

When music journalist Mark Stryker left the Detroit Free Press in 2016, yet another casualty of the ineluctable downsizing occurring at news outlets all over the country, jazz fans throughout metro Detroit feared they were ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Ochs, Nels Cline, Gerald Cleaver: What Is To Be Done

Read "What Is To Be Done" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

"Siamo arrivati. Abbiamo improvvisato. Siamo partiti. Ogni serata è piuttosto diversa." Così Nels Cline, parlando di questo trio. Due lunghi brani con prevalenza di episodi abrasivi, arroventati, della durata di più di venti minuti ciascuno, e un terzo più disteso, seppure ricco di tensioni interne, molto più breve, a fare da cuscinetto, da valvola di relax, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Release Roma on ECM Records. Out Now!

Enrico Rava and Joe Lovano Release Roma on ECM Records. Out Now!

Enrico Rava, the doyen of Italian jazz, joined forces with Joe Lovano, masterful US tenorist of Sicilian heritage, for a brief tour in November 2018. On this album, recorded live at Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, the two masters lead a spirited quintet that includes lyrical pianist Giovanni Guidi, dynamic drummer Gerald Cleaver and virtuosic bassist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov

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This week we focus on a batch of new releases including the latest album from Simon Nabatov who has a great band, they are so good I play something from each band member as well.

Playlist Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer “Wonderment" from Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Simon Nabatov Quintet “Old ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenneth Jimenez: Sublunary Minds

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Although he is a relative newcomer as a bassist and composer, Kenneth Jimenez keeps some pretty distinguished company. One of his current projects, Sonnet to Silence, marshals the talents of some avant-garde heavy hitters, pianist Angelica Sanchez, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Hery Paz. His partners on Sublunary Minds, his second disc as leader, aren't quite ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Angelika Niescier - Christopher Tordini - Gerald Cleaver (feat. Jonathan Finlayson): New York Trio

Read "New York Trio" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier's masterful live disc from 2018, Berlin Concert (Intakt), she decided to head into the studio to document her continually evolving compositions. It's a somewhat altered line-up from the earlier album. Niescier's go-to bassist, Christopher Tordini remains. However, instead of Tyshawn Sorey we have Gerald Cleaver occupying the drum kit; and we ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michele Rabbia/Gianluca Petrella/Eivind Aarset: Lost River

Read "Lost River" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The ECM catalog includes a broad range of musical genres: the only things they have in common are a forward outlook and excellent musicianship. But there are some that are truly beyond category, and this largely improvised album is one of them. Italian percussionist Michele Rabbia, Italian trombonist Gianluca Petrella and Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset came ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Larry Ochs / Nels Cline / Gerald Cleaver: What Is To Be Done

Read "What Is To Be Done" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sandwiched between two epic novels of improvisation--each a track of over twenty minutes of sound--is the respite piece “A Pause, A Rose" by the trio of saxophonist Larry Ochs, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Cline, who some may know from his work with the alternative rock band Wilco, opens with a few simple notes ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More

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My music GPS keeps pointing to bassist Carlos Bica for riveting music. His new release I Am the Escaped One finds him heading in a different direction than the usual guitar trio. This time he's working with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe. The result is captivating. Bica is now living in Germany but ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library

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Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris
Detroit Public Library
Detroit, MI
April 7, 2019

Detroit-based jazz fans have become well-acquainted with pianist Michael Malis and saxophonist Marcus Elliot, both of whom are fixtures among the up-and-coming generation of musicians in the city, playing in all kinds of configurations and in wide-ranging, ...