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Matthew Shipp - Mark Helias - Gordon Grdina: Skin And Bones

Read "Skin And Bones" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Skin and Bones Music Series is an ongoing succession of creative music events in various venues in and around the city of Kelowna in British Columbia. The concerts have hosted a diverse group of jazz artists from veterans such as Peter Brötzmann to rising stars The Bjorn Kriel Trio. Among the series' featured acts was ...

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Trio Treats

Read "Trio Treats" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is dominated by trios, perhaps the most popular format in jazz today. Steve Lehman's new The People I Love debuts (with the addition of the formidable pianist Craig Taborn), definitely a must-hear for 2019. Golden Valley Is Now reunites Taborn with Dave King and Reid Anderson (they all grew up together), while another threesome ...

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Mario Pavone Dialect Trio: Philosophy

Read "Philosophy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In his review of their debut Chrome (Playscape Recordings, 2013), my learned colleague at All About Jazz, Dan McClenaghan described Mario Pavone's Dialect Trio as “a beautiful tumult." That description expanded with the trio's sophomore disc Blue Dialect (Clean Feed, 2015) and maybe further with their latest Philosophy. The maelstrom they foment is partly explained by ...

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Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path of Totality

Read "Path of Totality" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Quinsin Nachoff, sassofonista e compositore, è nome sostanzialmente sconosciuto dalle nostre parti. Nativo di Toronto, Canada, da anni risiede a New York dove è diventato in breve tempo protagonista apprezzato e trasversale di quella scena, con interessanti lavori sia nell'ambito del jazz che della musica classica. Altra qualità del nostro è quella di saper scegliere musicisti ...

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Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors

Read "Phalanx Ambassadors" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Partiamo da “Phasic Haze Ramps." Perché con i suoi sedici minuti è il brano più lungo e occupa praticamente un terzo dell'intero album. Perché è il fulcro dell'incisione, l'esaltazione del modus operandi di Matt Mitchell, il centro nevralgico dal quale tutto parte e tutto ritorna. Sin dall'inizio sono coinvolti tutti gli strumenti. Che avanzano in punta ...

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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon has explored an immense amount of territory so far in his career such as mainstream and progressive jazz, hip hop, free improvisation and many other areas. This new two disc effort brings two of his more off-the-beaten-path projects together. CD 1, Invisible Guests, contains classical works featuring a string quartet while CD 2, ...

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Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More

Read "Harris Eisenstadt, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A very eclectic show this time out: drummers are front and center: Joao Lencastre, Whit Dickey, Gard Nilssen, Harris Eisenstadt, Kahil El'Zabar from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Germany's Max Andrzejewski. The latter and his band Hütte are tackling the music of rocker/composer Robert Wyatt. If that isn't off the wall, how about a combination of ...

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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One would imagine that a musician as chameleon-like as saxophonist Jon Irabagon, capable of playing in any genre, in any context, at any time, must have a real challenge finding unexplored territory. Equally adept at mainstream blowing, as on Observer (Concord, 2009), energized free-bop with Barry Altschul's 3dom Factor, the no-holds-barred mania of his assorted outings ...

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Spring Roll: Episodes

Read "Episodes" reviewed by John Sharpe

French flautist Sylvaine Hélary's Spring Roll follow up their ambitious debut Printemps (Ayler, 2015) with another adventurous outing on Episodes. While the first disc incorporated words and voices, the twist this time is that Hélary commissioned works from three of New York City's finest composer-improvisers, pianists Matt Mitchell and Kris Davis, and saxophonist Dan Blake, to ...

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Jon Irabagon: Invisible Horizon

Read "Invisible Horizon" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The inexhaustibly adventurist saxophonist Jon Irabagon has repeatedly challenged his listeners with each project he undertakes. The 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition champion and former member of the rebel outfit Mostly Other People Do The Killing can be heard in Mary Halvorson's projects, The Dave Douglas Quintet, and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, beside leading his own ...