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Tom Rainey: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded live at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, Combobulated constitutes the fourth outing for what might be now seen as a free jazz supergroup, even if it wasn't when they cut Pool School (Clean Feed, 2009). The stars of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson have continued to rise in the intervening years, while ...

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Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks

Read "Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss guitarist-composer Stephan Thelen (leader of the band Sonar) released his first solo album Fractal Guitar (Moonjune Records, 2019) to great acclaim. This remix album offers a dramatic new look at four of the original five tracks--only “Radiant Day" is skipped--as well as adding three new tracks from Thelen and two collaborators.

The remix ...

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Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman

Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...

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Sferos: Set It Up As Silence

Read "Set It Up As Silence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Sferos is a trio of New York-based musicians--guitarist Juanma Trujillo, drummer Dayeon Seok and saxophonist Hery Paz. Their music is a blend of atmospheric textures and jazz-rock energy that bears a slight resemblance to the work of experimental guitarists like Terje Rypdal and David Torn but, at its best, has its own unique sound.

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Bruford-Borstlap: Sheer Reckless Abandon

Read "Sheer Reckless Abandon" reviewed by John Kelman

One of the great joys of music can be that of distance: coming back to a piece of music, a musician/group or a discography, even, years later to rediscover it anew. While returning to music after a break of months, years...even decades...is not always a revelation, it's likely true that, if the music was appealing the ...

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Dustin Carlson: Air Ceremony

Read "Air Ceremony" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Dando un'occhiata alla formazione troviamo Kate Gentile, batterista sempre più assidua in dischi e in gruppi importanti, Matt Mitchell, nome ormai affermato nel jazz che conta, qui impegnato al mitico Prophet 6, Nathaniel Morgan ed Eric Trudel ai sassofoni, Danny Gouker alla tromba, abituali frequentatori del jazz meno canonico, il bassista Adam Hopkins presenza attiva della ...

ECM @ 50

Read "ECM @ 50" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of German record label ECM Records. Since its founding by Manfred Eicher the label has maintained unwavering standards of excellence, characterized by an unmistakable visual identity and rigorous production values. In addition to some 20 concerts featuring ECM artists, the 2019 Big Ears Festival (full review here) also hosted an “ECM ...

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Montréal Audio Fest 2019

Read "Montréal Audio Fest 2019" reviewed by John Kelman

When All About Jazz was invited to cover the 32nd annual Montréal Audio Fest, a spectacular event spotlighting over 300 manufacturers and distributors of high-end audio/video systems ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000, we jumped at the opportunity. In this wrap up article, we include the seven video interviews, produced in collaboration with Sur Place Media, featuring ...

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Sun of Goldfinger at Nublu 151

Read "Sun of Goldfinger at Nublu 151" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Sun of Goldfinger
Nublu 151
151 Avenue C
March 22, 2019

Nublu 151 is one of those venues only New York City, or more specifically, the Lower East Side, can get away with. From the outside, it looks like a construction barrier: black plywood with a door cut into it. Maybe ...

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Tom Rainey Trio: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Tom Rainey è da anni batterista tra i più versatili. A suo agio nella lingua della tradizione (Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, Carmen McRae, il suo gruppo Obbligato..) ma anche nelle forme aperte della postmodernità (Tim Berne, David Torn, Nels Cline...), raggiunge con il suo trio risultati anomali, di volta in volta più sorprendenti. Sempre affiancato da ...