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Club d'Elf: Night Sparkles

Read "Night Sparkles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

On December 16, 2011, bassist and bandleader Mike Rivard and the rest of the floating Club d'Elf instrumental ensemble assembled at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge (MA), for their regular gig at the regular location in the extended live residency that the band began at the Lounge back in 1998 (and continues to this day). Guest ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet
Long Waves
Unit Records
2019

Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Musette Explosion!

Read "Musette Explosion!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Musette Explosion is a trio featuring Will Holshouser (accordion), Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Marcus Rojas (tuba) which gives a very New York twist to a quintessentially Parisian art-form like Musette music. Together they bring this genre to new places through virtuosic improvisation and original pieces, sonic surprises and adventurous playing, shot through with a sense of ...

Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree

Read "Marcus Rojas: Dancing with a Tree" reviewed by Michael Blake

Sometimes musicians transcend what is considered normal technique. They discover new worlds of sound and establish concepts previously unknown; concepts that even defy the practical methods that the inventors of the instrument intended. One person I know that has done just that is Marcus Rojas. In third grade he decided to play the tuba and, even ...

Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

Read "Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alvin Curran
The Park Avenue Armory
March 14, 2018

The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Granelli: Dance Hall

Read "Dance Hall" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

L'arzillo Jerry Granelli, batterista sensibile e cazzuto, aveva centrato nel 1992, con l'album A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing, uno dei picchi più importanti della sua lunghissima carriera. Un lavoro ormai mitico, dove metteva assieme due chitarristi illustri come Bill Frisell e Robben Ford per un modernissimo omaggio al Buddy Bolden immaginato dallo scrittore ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Club d'Elf: Fire in the Brain Live at Berklee

Read "Fire in the Brain Live at Berklee" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"To thine own self be true" is a reliable expression, and few band biographies are more true to their subject than the official label writeup on the marvelously twisted Club d'Elf: “Circling about bassist/composer Mike Rivard (Morphine, Either-Orchestra, Guster, Boston Pops), D'Elf is a constellation of top musicians from the jazz, DJ, rock and world music ...

Raising Vision and Voice

Read "Raising Vision and Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Decades ago, Archie Shepp and Sun Ra were among the first musicians to expand their vision for the human voice beyond the traditional verse-chorus-verse song structure. Today, through digital sampling and other technology, musicians incorporate and manipulate the human voice in ways that even these two iconoclasts might not recognize. At the same time, the profound ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture

Read "Jussi Reijonen: Playground of Sound and Texture" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Jussi Reijonen is an exceptional musician. On his debut recording as a leader, Un (Self Produced, 2012), the Finnish guitarist/oudist has succeeded in crystallizing a spectrum of influences, sounds and textures into a highly personal, sensual mosaic that blurs the distinction between jazz, Middle Eastern traditional music, West African music, and even Finnish folk elements.

Take Five With Jussi Reijonen

Read "Take Five With Jussi Reijonen" reviewed by Jussi Reijonen

Meet Jussi Reijonen:
Born in Rovaniemi, a small town on the Arctic Circle in northern Finland, fretted/fretless guitarist and oudist Jussi Reijonen is truly the product of a world with few frontiers. Having grown up moving back and forth between Finnish Lapland, the Middle East, and East Africa, and currently living in Boston MA, ...