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Quinsin Nachoff's Flux: Path Of Totality

Read "Path Of Totality" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The title of Quinsin Nachoff's ambitious double album refers to the August 2017 lunar eclipse, when the moon passed in front of the sun and cast a shadow known as the “path of totality." This event also gave rise to a twin-headed metaphor reflecting both his band's creative evolutionary process and the current political and environmental ...

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Claudio Fasoli N.Y. 4ET: Selfie

Read "Selfie" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il 2017 è stato un anno ricchissimo per Claudio Fasoli, sia sul versante della produzione musicale che su quello dei riconoscimenti al valore artistico. Ha pubblicato due notevoli album per l'etichetta Abeat (Inner Sounds e Haiku Time) ed è stato votato musicista dell'anno dalla critica italiana. Anche l'incisione di questo disco risale a quella stagione, essendo ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round

Read "3 Times Round" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As a solo artist, trumpeter/composer Jonathan Finlayson (Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill) has been forging a rapid growth-pattern, conspicuously illustrated here, on his third release for Pi. On his previous solo outings for the label, Finlayson was the lone horn player with his band Sicilian Defense. Now, he broadens his scope by employing eminent saxophonists, Steve Lehman ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round

Read "3 Times Round" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to the music of Jonathan Finlayson is kind of like being in the audience of a TED Talk where the entire house is packed with PhDs. You understand the presenter is operating on a higher level, and so the acquisition of knowledge requires attention and some discipline. But you come to expect a challenge from ...

Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Read "Live From New York: Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds" reviewed by Martin Longley

Meredith Monk
Brooklyn Academy Of Music
March 18, 2018

The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday ...

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Dan Weiss: Starebaby

Read "Starebaby" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is always interesting when a musician's newest release zigzags away from previous works, making an abrupt change of course. Often it happens at the request of a producer or record company, and probably because his/her previous disc was not well received. This in no way explains Starebaby by drummer Dan Weiss. Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi ...

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Noah Preminger: Genuinity

Read "Genuinity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Quite often when an über-talented musician records a disc under his own name, he uses sidemen of lesser talent so as not to detract from his moment in the limelight, or because his ego won't allow him to play nice. That has never been the case with saxophonist Noah Preminger. On Genuinity, his tenth disc released ...

Rosario Di Rosa

Read "Rosario Di Rosa" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Thelonious Monk, Blue Monk (Bandstand, 1988).
Questo disco è un bootleg registrato al Newport Jazz Festival nel 1966. Avrei potuto inserire qualunque disco di Monk ma ho scelto questo perché è in assoluto il primo che ho acquistato all'inizio degli anni '90. All'epoca avevo appena iniziato a interessarmi al jazz, anche se non ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest 2018 - The Friday Marathon" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

NYC Winter Jazzfest
The Friday Marathon
New York, NY
January 12, 2018

As the setting sun ushered in the first of two NYC Winter Jazzfest marathon nights on Friday, January 12, the only thing that seemed to be missing was winter itself. After coping with a deep freeze for weeks, ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude

Read "Verisimilitude" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il tocco ricco di sottili contrasti dinamici che Tyshawn Sorey mette in risalto alla batteria si avvicina per ampiezza espressiva a quello delle dita su un pianoforte: dalla pennellata acquosa al colpo ovattato, dall'urto leggero alla cupa, vigorosa stoccata. Sempre restando nell'ambito di una gamma elastica, mobile, rilassata. Una qualità che, unita alla plastica intelligenza musicale, ...