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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Chris Pitsiokos: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years

Read "Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years" reviewed by Don Phipps

Adventurous, hair-raising, mind-bending, dense, fibrous, layered, hallucinogenic, twisted. These are the words that come to mind when listening to the excellent but challenging music on Chris Pitsiokos's album Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years. Pitsiokos' compositions often sound like a musical transcription of the trippiest parts of William Burrough's “Naked Lunch." The result? An ...

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Noah Kaplan: Cluster Swerve

Read "Cluster Swerve" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Nel 2011 il sassofonista e compositore Noah Kaplan aveva pubblicato l'album Descendants, con lo stesso quartetto che comprende Joe Morris alla chitarra, Giacomo Merega al basso elettrico e Jason Nazary alla batteria. La matrice della sua musica con questo organico si mostrava ben focalizzata sui parametri free derivanti dallo studio degli intervalli microtonali al New England ...

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Detail: At Club 7

Read "At Club 7" reviewed by Vic Albani

Questo disco è tratto da una registrazione su semplice e storica audiocassetta, effettuata nel leggendario Club 7 di Oslo nel settembre del 1982. I Detail, l'unico vero free-jazz group del tempo in Norvegia, erano stati chiamati a fare da set di apertura della band Masqualero, guidata dall'eroe locale Arild Andersen (con Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer ...

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Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low

Read "Speak Low" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Accade che un artista, sia esso musicista, scrittore, pittore o scultore, avverta l'urgenza di rifugiarsi nella semplicità espressiva, di guardare a forme essenziali dal sapore primitivo e ancestrale, per poi dialogare con la contemporaneità. “Retrofuturismo acustico." Così Lucia Cadotsch definisce nelle note di copertina Speak Low, la sua ultima fatica musicale. Il sostantivo spiega questo suo ...

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The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017

Read "The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 58th edition this year (June, 28--July, 2). The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana, residing in one half of an impressive twin ...

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

Read "Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio Ibeam June 13, 2016 This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

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Jason Ajemian: Folklords

Read "Folklords" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

I detrattori delle tassonomie musicali (sono in tanti, non hanno poi mica torto eh...) possono finalmente esultare. Non ci proveremo nemmeno a “definire" o incasellare in un genere questo nuovo lavoro del contrabbassista Jason Ajemian, Folklords. A leggere quanto ci dicono le note di copertina (ma lo stesso Ajemian lo aveva già annunciato ...

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Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)

Read "Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) is the third release from Darius Jones to document his impressive musical growth as a bandleader. Beyond his salient contributions to groups such as Little Women, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys and Tanakh, Jones' 2009 AUM Fidelity debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), established the young ...


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