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Content by tag "Mark Corroto"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Fraser: Is Life Long?

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There is a pulse, maybe better stated a pace, drummer Nick Fraser is partial to on his recording Is Life Long?. His quartet, originally named Towns And Villages, is assembled around a concept. It is a two string (bass and cello), saxophone, and drum outfit. The music trawls an insouciant path through six original compositions. Being ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Dease: Reaching Out

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Somebody has to be the keeper of the flame, right? In jazz, an art form that has only recently passed the century mark, that responsibility has seemed to diminish in importance. It's not that music schools aren't churning out graduates versed in the traditional repertory, and post-modern players aren't constantly pushing the envelope of possibilities. It's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Samuel Hällkvist: Variety of Rhythm

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Somewhere Miles Davis and Teo Macero are smiling. Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist has taken their approach and refined it for the 21st century. What Macero began, with a razor blade and hours of fragmented and seemingly disjointed studio sessions, turned into the infamous Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Hällkvist journeys a similar path, and most significantly here, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Satoko Fujii: Solo

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Solo piano performances generally fall into one of two categories--introverted or extraverted affairs. Obvious examples of extraverts are Fats Waller and Art Tatum, while inward-looking pianists are Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans. Extraverts play music pointed at the audience, while introverts internalize the experience.

How then do we categorize the music of Satoko Fujii? ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Charles Gayle/Giovani Barcella/Manolo Cabras: Live In Belgium

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Picking up any recording by the saxophonist (sometimes pianist) Charles Gayle always reminds me of the quote by actress Bette Davis' from the the film All About Eve (1950). After downing her martini in one gulp, Davis walks away, turns, and announces “fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride." Not bumpy as in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Light Coorporation: 64:38 Radio Full Liv(f)e

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Few musicians or bands exhibit imperturbability to the degree that the ensemble Light Coorporation (yes, that's how it's spelled) does. The Polish band, founded by guitarist Mariusz Sobański in 2007, has released its fifth recording 64:38 Radio Full Liv(f)e. This is a recording of a live date dedicated to jazz pianist and composer of film scores, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

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And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miguel Angelo: I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert

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We can all agree that music is perceived and enjoyed through the sensory faculty known as hearing. Certainly, but a musical performance is enhanced when an additional sense is summoned, like the visual when attending a production. In the case of this solo performance by bassist Miguel Ângelo, that additional sense is touch. With I Think ...

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Die Enttäuschung: Lavaman

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It has been twenty years since Die Enttäuschung recorded the music of Thelonious Monk, but Monk continues to be an essential component of their music making. This is also the case with Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd's music after their Monk cover band School Days (Emanem, 1975) disbanded. The concepts of Monk's music were integral in ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk

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The most fitting tribute to Thelonious Monk on the 100th anniversary of his birth was not by a pianist, but by a trumpeter, and not any ordinary trumpeter. Wadada Leo Smith, like Monk, is a musician's musician. While his peers have seemingly always investigated his music, it took the listening audience (and, ahem, critics) awhile to ...