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ARTICLE: RADIO

Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More

Read "Wayne Horvitz, Kamil Piotrowicz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This week we focus on a number of intriguing 'firsts.' The playlist includes acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's first foray into composing orchestral works, Wayne Horvitz' first traditional piano trio format recorded in the mountains of Montana, as well as Polish rising star pianist Kamil Piotrowicz and his sextet, Krzysztof Komeda's compositions interpreted by a top Australian ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Empty Cage Quartet: Empty Cage Quartet

Read "Empty Cage Quartet" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The sixth album of West Coast Empty Cage Quartet features this unique, hard -riving outfit in its most abstract mode to date. During the last decade, the quartet focused on exploring new ways of integrating diverse influences into an original, creative blend--from modern forms of jazz improvisation to contemporary experimental practices.

This self-titled, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day Octet

Read "Canada Day Octet" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt has developed into one of the most imaginative writers on the scene for larger ensembles. On Canada Day Octet, he presents the latest installment following on from such larger scale works as All Seeing Eye + Octets (Poo-bah, 2007), and the wonderful Woodblock Prints (No Business, 2010). But this time, the difference is ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

October 5th thru 8th, the Tri-Centric Foundation presents a 4-day festival "Energies, Ideas, Intuitions: The Tri-Centric Music of Anthony Braxton" at Roulette's new venue

October 5th thru 8th, the Tri-Centric Foundation presents a 4-day festival "Energies, Ideas, Intuitions: The Tri-Centric Music of Anthony Braxton" at Roulette's new venue

This is the most comprehensive portrait of Anthony Braxton ever presented in the United States, with Braxton himself performing or conducting every night, leading a total of 60+ musicians. There will be world and U.S. premieres every evening. Prior to the event, we have released a FREE special sampler CD of Braxton's works, spanning over 3 decades, which includes an ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harris Eisenstadt: Woodblock Prints

Read "Woodblock Prints" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nonostante l'ancor giovane età - è nato a Toronto nel 1975 - Harris Eisenstadt vanta numerose collaborazioni di prestigio (Sam Rivers, Paul Rutheford, Wadada Leo Smith, etc.) ma soprattutto ha già delineato una originale prospettiva musicale ed estetica attraverso una produzione selezionata e di qualità. Con Jalolu (CIMP - 2004) e Guewel (Clean Feed - 2008) ha fatto incontrare i ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harris Eisenstadt: Woodblock Prints

Read "Woodblock Prints" reviewed by John Sharpe

Canadian drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt is making a compelling case for complete player status. His name on the CD sleeve does not necessarily predict the contents. Examples include his joyous marriage of jazz and West African rhythms on Jalolu (CIMP, 2004) and Gewel (Clean Feed, 2008), his compositions for large ensembles such as Ahisma Orchestra (Nine Winds, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Empty Cage Quartet: Stratostrophic

Read "Stratostrophic" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I riferimenti più immediati vanno a Ornette Coleman. Sin troppo ovvio: basta leggere la formazione che rimanda all’epocale e classico quartetto sax alto-tromba-contrabbasso-batteria. Ma questo notevole combo di giovanissimi musicisti provenienti da diversi luoghi degli States, e che gravitano (o hanno gravitato a lungo) attorno all’area californiana, non si limita alla celebrazione o alla riproposizione di cliché. Così se all’ascolto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

MTKJ Quartet: Day of the Race

Read "Day of the Race" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Una piacevole sorpresa: è la prima impressione che desta il quartetto guidato dal sassofonista Jason Mears e dal trombettista Kris Tiner. Il lavoro d'insieme - questa è la loro seconda incisione - sembra dare i suoi frutti e la musica ne beneficia in termini di precisione esecutiva, oltre che per la riuscita integrazione di stilemi improvvisativi che appartengono di solito alle ...