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Steve Baczkowski / Brandon Lopez / Chris Corsano: Old Smoke

Read "Old Smoke" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The image on the cover says it all, a blast furnace exploding with elemental energy and heat. And it doesn't take long for the music on Old Smoke, a live release that represents the first recorded collaboration between saxophonist Steve Baczkowski, bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Chris Corsano, to reach astonishing peaks of fiery intensity. This ...

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Kirk Knuffke, Ben Goldberg: Uncompahgre

Read "Uncompahgre" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Kirk Knuffke, cornettista poco meno che quarantenne, e Ben Goldberg, clarinettista invece ormai prossimo ai sessanta, entrambi nativi di Denver ed entrambi con un palmares di collaborazioni del tutto ragguardevole, formano il duo che firma questo interessante album, inciso nel 2014 ma uscito solo nei mesi scorsi.

La firma congiunta apposta a tutti ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

James Brandon Lewis has been climbing the current jazz pantheon for a good while now. This deserving project should elevate the 36-year old tenor saxophonist from Buffalo even higher in the ranks.

Backed by the usual collaborators in his touring trio (drummer Warren Trae Crudup III, bassist Luke Stewart) and a pair of familiar ...

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James Brandon Lewis: An Unruly Manifesto

Read "An Unruly Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The revolution will not be televised. Those words by Gil Scott-Heron from 1970 are more relevant to today's jazz revolution than any time since the mid-1990s, when conservatively-dressed youngsters mimicked the post-bop of the 1960s and were promoted as liberators. More recently, the touted saviors rehash a quasi-spiritual fusion that stands in for à la mode ...

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Paul Rogers / Olaf Rupp / Frank Paul Schubert: Three Stories About Rain Sunlight And The Soil

Read "Three Stories About Rain Sunlight And The Soil" reviewed by John Sharpe

It's always a pleasure to hear expat English bassist Paul Rogers, perhaps best known for his collaboration with reedman Paul Dunmall and the Mujician co-operative. This meeting with two stalwarts of the German improvised music scene in a Berlin studio imparts a particular delight. Guitarist Olaf Rupp boasts a healthy discography including performances with drummer Paul ...

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Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

Read "No Queen Rises" reviewed by John Sharpe

Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

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Irene Aranda, Johannes Nästesjö and Núria Andorrà: Inner Core

Read "Inner Core" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A trio of adventurous Spanish improvisers, pianist Irene Aranda, bassist Johannes Nästesjö and percussionist Núria Andorrà channel forces of exploration, energy and elemental mystery on Inner Core, six inventive tracks that plumb their astonishing creative depths with a fervid curiosity.

Fans of free improvisation may recognize these musicians through their mutual connections with pianist ...

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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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Kirk Knuffke/Ben Goldberg: Uncompahgre

Read "Uncompahgre" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Two of the most in-demand horn players in the current creative music scene, cornetist Kirk Knuffke and clarinetist Ben Goldberg delight in making music that combines a deep respect for the history of jazz with an unmistakable spirit of adventure and risk. Both are seasoned veterans with nothing to prove, and they can do it all, ...

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Stephanie Richards: Fullmoon

Read "Fullmoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With the release of Fullmoon, trumpeter and composer Stephanie Richards joins the ranks of Susana Santos Silva, Franz Hautzinger, Peter Evans and Nate Wooley. This enlightened group of trumpeters have taken the art of the solo to new heights with various combinations of extended technique, microtonality, free improvisation and electronic/acoustic experimentation. Here, Richards touches on almost ...