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We Got the Skilz to Play the Billz

Read "We Got the Skilz to Play the Billz" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

William, oh William, it was really nothing—but an all—Bill all the time podcast! At Mike's suggestion, this round's musicians are all named Bill. Heck, half of them are white guys named Bill Evans who gigged with Miles Davis. How's that for homogeneity? Don't fret—the other Bills at this party bring heavy-gauge avant credentials to balance things ...

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Taylor Ho Bynum: The Ambiguity Manifesto

Read "The Ambiguity Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Cornetist, composer, organizer and curator Taylor Ho Bynum marshals his recording The Ambiguity Manifesto into the categories of before and after, as in AM/PM, BC/AD, and maybe more appropriately before AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and after AACM. With the entire breadth of recorded jazz history available, Bynum chose the concepts of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette: The Ambiguity Manifesto

Read "The Ambiguity Manifesto" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Taylor Ho Bynum's The Ambiguity Manifesto, with its oxymoronic title, is the third album in what the cornetist-composer calls an “accidental trilogy." Following his Firehouse 12 Records releases Navigation (Possible Abstracts XII & XIII) (2013) and Enter the Plus Tet (2016), Bynum recognized a form--however unconventional--both in the composition and performing of these large ensemble works. ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by John Sharpe

An UnRuly Manifesto feels like the album tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis has been working towards since his relocation to New York in 2012. His quintet's standout set at the 2019 Vision Festival was based around this program, no surprise given that this is such a formidable disc. Lewis retains the services of bassist Luke Stewart ...

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Andrew Cyrille/Dave Douglas/Uri Caine: Devotion

Read "Devotion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The aptly titled Devotion by trumpeter Dave Douglas, pianist Uri Caine and drummer Andrew Cyrille is both a prayer and a dedication. Like a prayer, the trio resolves to maintain a virtuous approach to their celebration of personal heroes, both musical and cultural. The disc opens with “Curly," dedicated to the iconic guileless Stooge, who along ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vicenza Jazz 2019

Read "Vicenza Jazz 2019" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Vicenza, varie sedi 9-19.05.2019 “Oltre le colonne d'Ercole, alla ricerca di una nuova luna": questo era il sottotitolo della ventiquattresima edizione di Vicenza Jazz, a significare viaggi per mare alla ricerca di continenti perduti o porti di salvezza, viaggi nello spazio alla conquista di pianeti lontani... o semplicemente viaggi nel frastagliato ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Franz Koglmann / Bill Dixon: Opium For Franz

Read "Opium For Franz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This gem of a recording has been a collector's dream prize for decades. Recorded and released in the mid-1970s on flugelhorn/trumpeter Franz Koglmann's Pipe Recordings, each copy of Opium For Franz was issued with an original hand painted cover. Back in the day, we wouldn't speak of a limited issue release, even though this one probably ...

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Peter Evans / Sam Pluta: Two Live Sets

Read "Two Live Sets" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The most extraordinary music ever presented has elicited the same time-honored “what the f@#k was that?" response. From Elvis (both Presley and Costello) to Grandmaster Flash, Igor Stravinsky, and Charlie Parker, the “shock of the new'" (to borrow a phrase from art critic Robert Hughes) adjusts listeners' criteria for judging a composition or performance, and often ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Inizia con una rullata. Fitta, uniforme ma chiara, ricca di risonanze. Lunga: solo verso la fine, dopo quasi quattro minuti, accenna un aumento dell'intensità e si ferma sul silenzio. Chiave o forziere ermeticamente chiuso? Così l'esordio del primo dei tre CD che compongono Pillars, lavoro impegnativo sia per chi ascolta che per chi lo ha prodotto, ...

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Ramon Lopez: Threefold

Read "Threefold" reviewed by John Sharpe

A quick glance at the discography of Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez reveals a musician steeped in diversity, both geographical and stylistic. It's striking that so few of his releases share the same line up, notwithstanding his enduring partnership with pianist Agusti Fernandez. So perhaps it's no surprise that on Threefold he pilots the debut of a ...


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