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Jazz At Atlas Kicks Off 2019 Season With Thumbscrew

Jazz At Atlas Kicks Off 2019 Season With Thumbscrew

This cooperative project features a trio of gifted musicians and composers—guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer/percussionist Tomas Fujiwara—performing their own compositions and selected standards with an exacting prowess wed to a liberated swing that is glorious to behold. Thumbscrew performs on Saturday, March 30 at 8 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at ...

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Eraldo Bernocchi: Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It

Read "Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It" reviewed by John Ephland

RareNoise is one of those labels, one of those rare (no pun intended) labels, where format and style have become irrelevant. A recent sampling of the soon-to-be historic label should suffice in telling their ongoing musical odyssey. Pit one against the other: 2018's Anguish, featuring among others, Nordic phenom Mats Gustafsson in a wild-haired hoedown of ...

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Dave Rempis: Icoci

Read "Icoci" reviewed by John Sharpe

In avant jazz, as in other artistic endeavors, talent alone isn't enough. Success requires a large slice of luck too. Chicago-based reedman Dave Rempis knows that as well as anyone. As a consequence he works hard at making his own luck: he concentrates on running a string of regular outfits; assembles a network of supportive venues; ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tyshawn Sorey's musical career has been steadily moving away from jazz and toward new music in several forms. Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017) is dominated by a series of textural motions that create a dark mood. That album followed another Pi release, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016); an album that featured classical composition and improvisation. Sorey's ...

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Ken Vandermark / Marker: Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)

Read "Roadwork 1/Roadwork2/Homework1 (Box Set)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Reed player, composer and improviser Ken Vandermark has led, or been a part of, more than fifty different groups in his prolific twenty-year recording career. Along the way he has played with many of the top talents in experimental, free, and avant-garde jazz, including Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Paul Lytton, Marcin Oles, Adam Lane, Ab Baars, ...

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Tomeka Reid, Kyoko Kitamura, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris: Geometry of Caves

Read "Geometry of Caves" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A free-jazz veteran meets up with three musicians quickly establishing their own impressive legacies on the bewitching Geometry of Caves, a wholly improvised affair that offers plenty of intrigue and vigorous four-way dialogue during seven imaginative pieces.

Guitarist Joe Morris's long recording career has seen him working with giants like William Parker, Anthony Braxton ...

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Jamie Saft Quartet: Blue Dream

Read "Blue Dream" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If RareNoise Records has a characteristic sound as ECM Records has a characteristic sound, that sound is defined Jamie Saft. Whether it is the unholy ministry of Slobber Pup or the plaintive solo piano of his recent Solo A Genova (RareNoise, 2018), multi-instrumentalist Saft has brought Giacomo Bruzzo's and Eraldo Bernocchi's eclectic-electric British label front and ...

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Noah Kaplan: Cluster Swerve

Read "Cluster Swerve" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Nel 2011 il sassofonista e compositore Noah Kaplan aveva pubblicato l'album Descendants, con lo stesso quartetto che comprende Joe Morris alla chitarra, Giacomo Merega al basso elettrico e Jason Nazary alla batteria. La matrice della sua musica con questo organico si mostrava ben focalizzata sui parametri free derivanti dallo studio degli intervalli microtonali al New England ...

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Detail: At Club 7

Read "At Club 7" reviewed by Vic Albani

Questo disco è tratto da una registrazione su semplice e storica audiocassetta, effettuata nel leggendario Club 7 di Oslo nel settembre del 1982. I Detail, l'unico vero free-jazz group del tempo in Norvegia, erano stati chiamati a fare da set di apertura della band Masqualero, guidata dall'eroe locale Arild Andersen (con Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer ...

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Lucia Cadotsch: Speak Low

Read "Speak Low" reviewed by Niccolò Lucarelli

Accade che un artista, sia esso musicista, scrittore, pittore o scultore, avverta l'urgenza di rifugiarsi nella semplicità espressiva, di guardare a forme essenziali dal sapore primitivo e ancestrale, per poi dialogare con la contemporaneità. “Retrofuturismo acustico." Così Lucia Cadotsch definisce nelle note di copertina Speak Low, la sua ultima fatica musicale. Il sostantivo spiega questo suo ...