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ARTICLE: MIXCLOUD

Noirish

Read "Noirish" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

More music that could work very well as soundtrack for an imaginary film noir... with some spaghetti-western variations.

Happy Listening! And if you like what you hear, listen to the first part of this noir investigation.

Playlist

Guano Padano, “A Country Concept" from Guano Padano (Important) 0:00 Guano ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Verneri Pohjola Mika Kallio: Animal Image

Read "Animal Image" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Animal Image is the remarkable soundtrack for the documentary film of the same name by the Finnish visual artist Perttu Saksa. Although the movie's duration is twenty eight minutes, the score composed and recorded by fellow Finns Verneri Pohjola and Mika Kallio actually runs to just north of thirty seven minutes, but any shorter would have ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jamie Saft: Solo a Genova

Read "Solo a Genova" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jamie Saft's first solo album in his twenty-five year career, Solo A Genova, captures this restless, daring artist interpreting a selection of songs that reflect his eclectic taste as a reflection of his customary willingness to challenge himself. The sum effect of hearing this recording from Italy in March of 2017 is an altogether glorious experience ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Thomas Johansson: Home Alone

Read "Home Alone" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When does this guy breathe? This might be the question going through your mind while you listen to “Signal This," the fifth track on Side A of trumpeter Thomas Johansson's solo recording Home Alone. The brief, three minute performance is, at first glance, more about physicality than music making. On the surface, a solo trumpet performance ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swiss-born, NYC-based pianist Sylvie Courvoisier reconvenes the crew which waxed the wonderful Double Windsor (Tzadik, 2014) for equally rewarding results. As one of the most highly sought after improvisers on the New York scene, Courvoisier has been able to pick her collaborators from the cream, making particularly adept choices in bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude

Read "Verisimilitude" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il tocco ricco di sottili contrasti dinamici che Tyshawn Sorey mette in risalto alla batteria si avvicina per ampiezza espressiva a quello delle dita su un pianoforte: dalla pennellata acquosa al colpo ovattato, dall'urto leggero alla cupa, vigorosa stoccata. Sempre restando nell'ambito di una gamma elastica, mobile, rilassata. Una qualità che, unita alla plastica intelligenza musicale, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Swiss-born pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has spent close to twenty years in the states honing her distinctive approach to classically-inflected jazz improvisation. Along the way she's worked with a who's-who of leading-edge musicians, including veterans like John Zorn, Evan Parker and Ellery Eskelin, but also the younger generation of avant-gardists such as Mary Halvorson and Nate Wooley. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gary Peacock Trio at the Regattabar Jazz Club

Read "Gary Peacock Trio at the Regattabar Jazz Club" reviewed by Nat Seelen

Gary Peacock Trio Regattabar Jazz Club Cambridge, MA November 10, 2017

Veterans' Day was an appropriate date for this show, which was indeed a concert of veterans. Gary Peacock served in the army in the 1950s, and the three musicians on stage that evening could count over 150 years combined on the bandstand, side ...