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Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Widely touted as Bill Frisell's second solo recording, and his first since the darkly introspective Ghost Town (Nonesuch, 2000), Music IS is, in fact, the guitarist's third, with the oddly overlooked Silent Comedy seemingly having slipped by most folk. That outing, on John Zorn's Tzadik label, was unique in Frisell's discography for being freely improvised, whereas ...

Michael Musillami Trio + 2: Life Anthem

Read "Life Anthem" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

One day in June 2016, guitarist Michael Musillami woke up with a massive headache. Tests soon revealed that he had a brain hemorrhage and also an unrelated brain tumour. He slowly recovered from his illnesses and is now in good health. Life Anthem is his musical testament to his ordeal, realized in this recording by his ...

Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988

Read "Randy Brecker Quintet: Live at Sweet Basil 1988" reviewed by John Kelman

Randy Brecker Quintet
Live at Sweet Basil 1988
MVDvisual
2018

Culled from direct-to-two-track digital recordings made on three of Randy Brecker's potent six-night 1988 run at New York City's Sweet Basil, and featuring a particularly top-drawer quintet of musical friends old and new, the original 1989 LP/CD release of Live at Sweet ...

Perry Smith: New Angel

Read "New Angel" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Perry Smith is a Brooklyn, NY-based guitarist and composer who received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master's degree in music from New York University. A founding member of the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group, he is the ...

Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...

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Irene Schweizer, Joey Baron: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso a Zurigo a fine 2015, l'album riunisce due improvvisatori di scuole e generazioni diverse: Irène Schweizer, settantasei anni, svizzera di Sciaffusa, attraversa l'avanguardia europea praticamente fin dal suo primo affermarsi (se non affacciarsi), mentre Joey Baron, sessantaduenne di Richmond, quella stessa avanguardia (ovviamente dall'altra sponda dell'Atlantico) l'ha accompagnata, per così dire fiancheggiata, nel corso di ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today!

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art ...

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Peter Madsen: Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

Read "Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dispetto di una carriera ricca di incisioni e collaborazioni, iniziata nel 1987 con Stan Getz, il pianista Peter Madsen è un tipico esempio di musician's musician, molto apprezzato dai colleghi ma poco noto al grande pubblico.
Quest'incisione europea (Liechtenstein, novembre 2015) è nata per commemorare i cento anni della nascita di Billy Strayhorn, ...

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Brent Laidler: No Matter Where Noir

Read "No Matter Where Noir" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Some jazz albums are notable solely for the well-known personnel featured. These recordings excite interest based on name recognition alone. Even if albums like this lack a coherent vision, fans are willing to pick them up just to hear their favorite players at work.

In contrast, composer/guitarist Brent Laidler's No Matter Where Noir , while ...