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Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The ...

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John Yao's Triceratops: How We Do

Read "How We Do" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Trombonist and bandleader John Yao possesses a penchant for imposing ambitious artistic constraints on himself. How We Do continues that trend with a newly formed quintet comprised only of three horns, bass, and drums. Yao further ups the ante by composing demanding pieces that often careen from one stylistic approach to another within the same tune. ...

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New Faces: Straight Forward

Read "Straight Forward" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The collection of musicians on this record, collectively referred to as “New Faces," is an attempt by Posi-Tone producer Marc Free to create a sampler of the label's mission, utilizing a selection of young leaders to collectively personify their overall musical vision. As stated on the Posi- Tone website, “The entire series of succinct performances included ...

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John Yao Quintet: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As human beings we tend to take the very notion of presence for granted, be it the presence of a loved one in our lives, the presence manufactured by our own actions as we present ourselves to the world, or the presence of all that comes and goes in our daily existence. For some reason these ...

Message In Motion

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Splayed; Angelica; Stunts And Twists; Ptah The El Daoud; Easy Way Out; Very Light And Very Sweet; Gimme The Numbers; Didn't Do Nothing; Lucky In Astoria; Stop Gap.

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Peter Brendler: Message In Motion

Read "Message In Motion" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Message In Motion is a recording that can be gainfully approached from a number of angles. You can choose to play it in a single sitting from start to finish, taking in an array of moods evoked by bassist Peter Brendler's seven compositions and a band worthy of his exemplary skills as a writer. (The record ...

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Tom Tallitsch: All Together Now

Read "All Together Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

All Together Now--the sixth overall effort from tenor saxophonist Tom Tallitsch, and his third for the Posi-tone imprint--is a well-balanced musical affair built around a surefooted and wholly capable sextet. Tallitsch works with a rhythm section and two other horns here, creating smart and uncluttered settings that showcase the musicians without boxing them ...

Outside The Line

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Freeway; Blackout Reunion; Pharmacology; Lawn Darts; Walk On The Wild Side; Blanket Statement; Una Muy Bonita; Openhanded; Drop The Mittens; Indelible Mark; The Darkness; The Golden Ring.

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Peter Brendler: Outside The Line

Read "Outside The Line" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Thirteen years after graduating from Berklee and over a decade into his career as a professional bassist, Peter Brendler has taken the plunge and released his first album as leader, Outside The Line. Look before you leap, as they say. Wise advice, if the quality of this debut is anything to go by.Brendler has ...


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