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Franklin: Amen

Read "Amen" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On Joseph Franklin's sophomore effort Amen, the Australian bassist and composer delivers an intricate web of patterns which he creates in interplay with fellow compatriot Marc Hannaford's ominous piano stabs and Satoshi Takeishi's experimental and highly dynamic drum work. Each composition goes through different stages--from dark and menacing to silver and dreamy-- from slowly pulsating, almost ...

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Gordon Grdina: Cooper's Park

Read "Cooper's Park" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Cooper's Park's eighteen minute centerpiece crashes into energetic existence sounding like someone just remembered to push record while the ensemble was in high flight mid jam. Flailing majestically away, guitarist Gordon Grdina, alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega and pianist Russ Lossing are heard early working overtime on every level from solo to tag-team tandem, giving, taking, ...

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Gordon Grdina Quartet: Cooper's Park

Read "Cooper's Park" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since the release of his first album in 2006, Think Like the Waves (Songlines), Gordon Grdina has sought a musical language that would allow him to incorporate his dual interests in the electric guitar and the oud. It is tempting to view this as an “East meets West" process, wherein Grdina's jazz and rock-infused guitar playing ...

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Sarah Bernstein: Crazy Lights Shining

Read "Crazy Lights Shining" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nata a San Francisco ma residente e operante a New York, Sarah Bernstein è violinista, compositrice, improvvisatrice, ma anche poetessa, ed ha alle spalle numerose importanti collaborazioni, tra le quali spiccano quelle con Anthony Braxton. In questo singolare e suggestivo Crazy Lights Shining la troviamo a duettare con il percussionista Satoshi Takeishi, intenta a unire i ...

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Michael Attias: échos la nuit

Read "échos la nuit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early days of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's career, there were critics who viewed the blind man with three instruments hanging from his neck--two to be played simultaneously--as posturing. Then they heard him play. Forty years later, and filtered through the influence of four continents, Michaël Attias takes up the task of improvising on two different ...

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Sean Conly: Hard Knocks

Read "Hard Knocks" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This trio gives credence to the old saying that, “too many cooks spoil the broth." Given the musicians' course of action, it would seem that additional instrumentalists may have gotten in the way of progress. This is due to the band's extreme agility coupled with a horde of alternative routes, undulating bop grooves, an uncluttered soundstage ...

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Let's Get Experimental

Read "Let's Get Experimental" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Violinist, composer, singer, and poet Sarah Bernstein visits the 'cast to discuss her career in music, her various on-going groups and projects, and her recording with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, Crazy Lights Shining. The rest of the program explores various kinds of “experimental music," from drummer Rudy Royston's unusual front-line of bass clarinet and accordion to Thrainn ...

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Eliane Elias: Music from Man Of La Mancha

Read "Music from Man Of La Mancha" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

Nella storia della musica (per non parlare del cinema, del teatro e delle arti figurative) numerosi sono stati gli omaggi al grande romanzo che racconta le gesta di Alonso Chisciano. Dalla musica classica (il balletto Don Chisciotte di Aloisius Ludwig Minkus) alla canzone d'autore (”Alonso Chisciano” di Ivano Fossati), solo per citare alcuni esempi, molteplici sono ...

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Gordon Grdina: Inroads

Read "Inroads" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nuova formazione per il canadese Gordon Grdina, un quartetto nel quale la sua chitarra sostituisce il più tradizionale basso e che hai in Oscar Noriega --ben noto per le sue collaborazioni con Tim Berne --la voce principale. I brani in programma sono tutti della penna di Grdina, anche se due in collaborazione proprio con Noriega.

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Jen Shyu: Song of the Silver Geese

Read "Song of the Silver Geese" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Viene spesso definita una vocalist sperimentale Jen Shyu, ma questo disco conferma che è molto di più. Dopo aver collaborato stabilmente con Steve Coleman e ancora con Anthony Braxton, Bobby Previte, Mark Dresser, Chris Potter e altri grandi, la cantante americana di genitori orientali (Taiwan e Timor Est) ha compiuto negli anni scorsi ricerche etnomusicologiche, recandosi ...