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Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers

Read "Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Australian drummer Michael Caratti and Spanish-born New York-based guitarist Álvaro Domene founded the record label Iluso in 2013 to release their quartet recording Gran Masa. The pair found they shared similar interests while in school at Middlesex University in London. And why not put out their own music? That way they could control the content and ...

Yoni Kretzmer's New Dilemma: Months, Weeks and Days

Read "Months, Weeks and Days" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer is not one to rest on his laurels or pursue straight and narrow musical paths as his discography consists of various ensemble configurations and objectives. With this hybrid chamber jazz and improvisation-based sextet, the musicians interpret the leader's compositions, structures and outlines via improvisational means.

The ensemble delves into the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Musicianer: Slow Learner

Read "Slow Learner" reviewed by John Sharpe

With Musicianer reedman Josh Sinton adroitly shows how to combine the abstract and the earthy. It helps that he has enlisted long time associates drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Jason Ajemian to realize the eleven compositions on the group's debut Slow Learner. Taylor, who first garnered international attention in the Chicago Underground Duo (etc) with cornetist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jasmine Lovell-Smith's Towering Poppies: Yellow Red Blue

Read "Yellow Red Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Soprano saxophonist/composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith released her excellent debut CD, Fortune Songs in 2012, two years after her move from her native New Zealand to New York. Four years later--after studies with Anthony Braxton and a move to Morelia, Mexico--she offers a follow-up effort, Yellow Red Blue.

First rate debuts set up the expectations. Sophomore ...

Dan Blake: The Digging

Read "The Digging" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Saxophonist Dan Blake is one of those musicians who are always on a quest to expand their musical horizons, to assimilate into his music any and all of his life experiences, musical or not. As both a player and a composer, Blake demonstrates an intensity coupled with a very fertile and searching mind. Aside from his ...

Nate Wooley Makes America Great Again

Read "Nate Wooley Makes America Great Again" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In his excellent book of literary and cultural criticism, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, Kevin Young describes the term Jazz as both a noun and a verb. He further explains that jazz from the time of its origins through, let's say the 1980s, was a word used to describe action. Such as the ...

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: After All is Said

Read "After All is Said" reviewed by Troy Collins

Tomas Fujiwara is one of the busiest drummers in New York City, with memberships in cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum's Sextet, baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's Ideal Bread and the cooperative trio Thumbscrew, featuring acclaimed guitarist Mary Halvorson and veteran bassist Michael Formanek, among other projects. Formed in 2008, Fujiwara's flagship ensemble, The Hook Up, is one of ...

Han-earl Park: Anomic Aphasia

Read "Anomic Aphasia" reviewed by John Eyles

The music on Han-earl Park's third CD for Slam, Anomic Aphasia, derives from two similar but significantly different Park projects. The first is Eris 136199, an improvising trio consisting of guitarists Park and Nick Didkovsky (leader of Doctor Nerve) plus saxophonist Catherine Sikora. Described by Park as “the noisy, unruly complexity of the ensemble Eris 136199" ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazztopad 2014, Three World Premieres

Read "Jazztopad 2014, Three World Premieres" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Jazztopad
jny:Wroclaw, Poland
November 13-15, 2014

Jazztopad enters its second decade with confident stride. The festival has come a long way in the first ten years, evolving, experimenting and growing as any good festival should. In 2014, Jazztopad stands as an internationally renowned festival with a clearly defined ethos, one that combines ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ideal Bread: Beating The Teens - Songs of Steve Lacy

Read "Beating The Teens - Songs of Steve Lacy" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nuovo tributo, stavolta doppio (e quindi ancor più meritorio), all'arte di Steve Lacy da parte del quartetto capitanato da Josh Sinton (suoi tutti gli arrangiamenti), in questo caso attingendo a un repertorio molto specifico, visto che vi sono interamente riproposti i cinque LP incisi dal grande sopranista fra il 1969 e il 1977 per la Saravah: ...