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Satoko Fujii - Joe Fonda: 4

Read "4" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When pianist Satoko Fujii and bassist Joe Fonda first teamed up on Duet (Long Song Records, 2016), neither was familiar with the work of the other. Three short years later, “other" no longer applies, as the instantaneous rapport Fujii and Fonda found has led to a growing portfolio of cutting-edge music. 4 is the latest entry ...

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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One would imagine that a musician as chameleon-like as saxophonist Jon Irabagon, capable of playing in any genre, in any context, at any time, must have a real challenge finding unexplored territory. Equally adept at mainstream blowing, as on Observer (Concord, 2009), energized free-bop with Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor, the no-holds-barred mania of his assorted outings ...

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The OGJB Quartet: Bamako

Read "Bamako" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Over the last forty years, saxophonist Oliver Lake, cornet player Graham Haynes, bassist Joe Fonda and drummer Barry Altschul have played with one another in various configurations, but never all as one group. That changes with the arrival of the OGJB Quartet, a group where these four veteran improvisers come together for a powerful session of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets

Read "OGJB Quartet & The Last Poets" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's no way to use geographical borders to define this music called jazz. For instance, the Freequestra from Slovenia: led by acclaimed guitarist Samo Salamon— the ensemble wends its way with power and emotion through Salamon's new Free Sessions Vol.2, a rollicking excursion through the avant-garde. Or in the case of OGJB, a quartet of four ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2019

Read "Spring 2019" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Brandon Goldberg
Let's Play
Self Produced
2019

Brandon Goldberg's debut album offers proof ...

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The OGJB Quartet: Bamako

Read "Bamako" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Finland's TUM Records started out the year 2019 with two compelling releases, Around Again, an innovative piano trio set from Finish pianist Iro Haarla exploring the compositions of Carla Bley, with bassist Ulf Krokfors and drummer Barry Altschul; and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's terrific Rosa Parks: Pure Love. They follow up this opening salvo with the ...

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Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul: Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley

Read "Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Although much of her music is imbued with subtle humor, Carla Bley's compositions are serious music. Finnish pianist Iro Haarla is a long-time admirer of the Bley, and on this CD she gives her music an appropriate gravity, while retaining its spirited nature.

Haarla is accompanied by her musical partner, Ulf Krokfors, on bass ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Eric Dolphy and More

Read "Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Eric Dolphy and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Some very important saxophonists are featured in this episode: Frenchman Emile Parisien is back with almost all of his original quartet, Gebhard Ullman shows why he's considered one of the best contemporary multi-reedists with his Basement Research band, Dave Rempis's new trio debuts The Early Bird Gets, and the great Eric Dolphy with previously-unissued music in ...

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Iro Haarla: Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley

Read "Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Longstanding piano-bass tandem Iro Haarla and Ulf Krokfors team up with drummer Barry Altschul for Around Again, a reverent and eminently rewarding tribute to Carla Bley. All three musicians possess a deep familiarity with Bley's work. Haarla's dates from her earliest conservatory studies at Finland's Sibelius Academy in the 1970s, while Altschul played on Paul Bley's ...

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Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul: Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley

Read "Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

At one time the Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla was best known as a collaborator of drummer Edward Vesala (1945-1999). Her own career blossomed in the new millennium, beginning with Penguin Beguine (TUM Records, 2005) followed by multiple releases on ECM and TUM Records, including Northbound (ECM, 2006), Vespers (ECM, 2011), Kirkastus (TUM, 2014), a daring duo ...