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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Lost Trio: Monkwork

Read "Monkwork" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the academic world, it's not unusual for someone to devote their scholarly energies to the study of a single, galvanizing individual and their life's work. Take Abraham Lincoln, for instance: the number of college professors and independent historians who've devoted their lives to thinking, speaking, and writing about Honest Abe is simply astounding. A similar ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid

Read "The Celestial Squid" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Celestial Squid is an unprecedented summit meeting between two renowned guitarists: legendary British session ace Ray Russell and idiosyncratic Bay Area experimentalist Henry Kaiser. Although best known as a veteran studio musician, Russell's groundbreaking early records revealed a penchant for unbridled free jazz, culminating in his 1971 masterpiece Rites and Rituals (CBS). Since then, Russell ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet

Read "Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet" reviewed by Mark Corroto

While the tagline 'Miles Smiles' is more befitting Miles Davis' second great quintet, it is an apt reference to this recording by the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (IAHRQ), who draw not so much from the Columbia recordings by Miles Davis E.S.P> (1965), Sorcerer (1967), or Nefertiti (1968) but from the great electricity of Live-Evil (1971) ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave

Read "Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave" reviewed by Troy Collins

Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond has been steadily gaining attention, courtesy of a tireless performing schedule reinforced and documented by a series of diverse albums issued on his own Prescott Recordings imprint. Hammond's releases have featured a variety of instrumental lineups, ranging from lyrical solo recitals to frenetic collective improvisations. His most recent endeavor is Cathedrals (Prescott ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Outpost 186 March Highlights: Jacob William

Jacob William returns his Para Quintet to Outpost 186 on Saturday March 24th after an interlude of gigs in other dubious roosts. Now that he is once more in the cozier confines of the Outpost, free of the concerns attending tavern work, he'll shine at his usual level of dazzle with his astute and earnest compadres. Laurence Cook will once ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jim Hobbs Launches Aych on Relative Pitch Records

Jim Hobbs Launches Aych on Relative Pitch Records

Relative Pitch Records couldn't be a prouder papa at the birth of its brand new release, As the Crow Flies from Aych, a trio dedicated to the potential for 'porch music' and the role of the letter 'H' in a surname. Thus we have a subtle, wry and sly convergence of guitarist Mary Halvorson and cornetist Taylor ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Phillip Greenlief and Covered Pages: Russian Notebooks

Read "Russian Notebooks" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you have ever been to Russia, the music Phillip Greenlief conjures will help replicate your experiences. Not the packaged, “See the Hermitage on your left, Winter Palace on you right” kind of tour. But the dyslexic effects of being lost in the darkest cities where you cannot read a street sign to save your life ...