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Vibraphonist and tunesmith Matt Moran "plays the vibraphone like a speed-chess master, always darting off into flurries of ingenious, unexpected activity" (Village Voice). He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Mat Maneri, Lionel Hampton, Combustible Edison, Ellery Eskelin, and Saban Bajramovic. Moran's sound is integral to an innovative group of New York musicians who blur the boundaries of composition, improvisation, and folk traditions. Moran received a Master's degree in jazz composition from New England Conservatory in 1995. At NEC he studied with the visionary composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Maneri, and has continued to learn from Maneri through performances with him

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Brian Shankar Adler: Fourth Dimension

Read "Fourth Dimension" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A percussionist with fierce rhythmic dynamism and a multiplicity of ideas, Brian Shankar Adler has steadily assembled a formidable body of work over the last several years, despite being relatively under-recognized. Much of this music has been released incrementally, through digitally downloaded EPs, perhaps attenuating its impact. But Adler should receive much more visibility with Fourth ...

Fourth Dimension

Label: Chant Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Introduction Drone; Mantra; Rudram; Pulses; Windy Path; Gowanus; Watertown; Nuearth; Pendulum; Rise and Fall; Alternative Facts.

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Brian Adler: Radioactive Landscapes EP

Read "Radioactive Landscapes EP" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As was evident on his previous EP releases from 2016, Binary and Mysteries of the Deep, percussionist Brian Adler enjoys working with conceptual frameworks for his compositions. On Binary, he explored the possible interactions between human-and computer-based creativity, and on Mysteries he drew thematic inspiration from the world of Eastern spirituality. These investigations allowed him to ...

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Slavic Soul Party: Live at Barbes: Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

Read "Live at Barbes: Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

In the late 1990s, visionary percussionist Matt Moran founded Slavic Soul Party, a brass band designed to stretch the boundaries between Eastern and Western European traditional music until those boundaries snap. More than two decades and twenty members later, “New York's Official #1 Brass Band for BalkanSoulGypsyFunk" fully realizes this vision by performing one of Duke ...

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Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts

Read "Sometimes Jazz Takes Guts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brownout Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath II Ubiquity Records 2016 Brownout bandleader and guitarist Adrian Quesada listened to a lot of different music, including blood-curdling heavy metal monsters Black Sabbath, while growing up in South Texas. Even while creating original music more reflective of their Mexican and American funk, ...

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Slavic Soul Party: Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

Read "Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nel jazz contemporaneo la reinterpretazione delle opere passate avviene in due modi diversi. Da un lato c'è chi privilegia la riproposizione fedele dell'originale, partendo da una prospettiva a grandi linee accademica (Wynton Marsalis) fino alla riproduzione letterale di ogni aspetto melodico, timbrico e ritmico (come ha fatto il gruppo Mostly Other People Do The Killing con ...

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Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, And Improvisation

NEWS RELEASE from Circavision Productions Percussionist/Composer Brian Adler Fuses Eastern Philosophy, Digital Technology, and Improvisation New Trio and Quintet EPs Convey a Prismatic Vision With two new EPs, percussionist/composer Brian Adler offers listeners beautiful and arrestingly original music via two formations of his newest project: Shankar. On Binary, he performs with the trio, featuring pianist Santiago ...

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Brian (Shankar) Adler: Binary & Mysteries of the Deep

Read "Binary & Mysteries of the Deep" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For those seeking a bit of metaphysical speculation with their jazz, one could benefit from giving these two new EPs from drummer Brian (Shankar) Adler a careful listen. A thoughtful, creative percussionist, Adler is eager to explore the big questions in his music, and his use of complex rhythmic structures and instrumentation from other traditions (particularly ...

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Ai Confini Tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXI Edizione

Read "Ai Confini Tra Sardegna e Jazz - XXXI Edizione" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Sant'Anna Arresi (CI) 01-10.09.2016 Per questa trentunesima edizione, il festival Ai Confini Tra Sardegna e Jazz ha messo al centro del proprio programma la figura di Frank Zappa. Trattandosi di una manifestazione prevalentemente dedicata all'improvvisazione radicale, la rivisitazione del repertorio zappiano non poteva (non doveva!) limitarsi all'agiografia, al tributo, alla riproposizione ...


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