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Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 23-24, 2017

Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...

Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die

Read "Fly Or Die" reviewed by John Sharpe

Since breezing in from Chicago, trumpeter Jaimie Branch has quickly become a major presence on the NYC scene, thanks not only to her instrumental chops but also her ceaseless organizing. However that influence has yet to translate into a commensurate discography. Fly Or Die (the name variously of the album, the band, the suite and a ...

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Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La spirale del cinema a cui Jason Roebke si riferisce in questa seconda registrazione con il suo affiatato ottetto porta l'impronta di Alfred Hitchcock, con assonanze che rimandano a Vertigo, sia nel titolo che nel tema musicale che apre il CD e lo percorre tutto, ripresentandosi in altri brani e dando un carattere fortemente unitario al ...

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Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Troy Collins

The widely acclaimed collaborative nature of the contemporary Chicago jazz scene is expertly demonstrated on Cinema Spiral, the sophomore effort by double bassist Jason Roebke's all-star Octet, which continues the creative in-roads made on the unit's celebrated 2014 Delmark Records debut, High/Red/Center.

Starring eight of the Windy City's most intrepid improvisers, the ensemble features ...

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Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz: Rows and Rows

Read "Rows and Rows" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Nella ricca cartografia musicale che alimenta la scena odierna di Chicago, quella successiva alla topica esperienza della AACM e ben descritta da James Falzone nelle note a questo CD, Keefe Jackson e Jason Adasiewicz rappresentano due personalità di rilievo, riscontrabili in molte realizzazioni e collaborazioni.

Il sassofonista e clarinettista si è trasferito nella città ...

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Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If entropy is a scientific theory that describes how all things in nature tend towards a gradual decline and disorder, then Jason Roebke's Octet is the anti-entropy. His second octet release Cinema Spiral and the previous High/Red/Center (Delmark, 2014) make order out of the impression of chaos.

Such is the enticement of jazz.

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The Eternals: Espiritu Zombi

Read "Espiritu Zombi" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Adventurist listeners want more from their music. That's why they venture into jazz, world, and improvised music. If you were a fan of the Talking Heads in the 1970s and 80s, the band's expanded lineup of backing singers and percussionists, plus keyboardist Bernie Worrell and guitarist Adrian Belew propelled the band out of its new wave ...

Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassists leading mid-size bands inevitably bring to mind the trail-blazing precedent established by Charles Mingus. Others like Dave Holland, Barry Guy and Adam Lane followed. To that roster can be added bassist Jason Roebke, one of the stalwarts of the productive Chicago scene. Cinema Spiral constitutes the sophomore effort by his Octet, following on from High/Red/Center ...

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Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop

Read "A Dance and a Hop" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Già nel titolo è celato il carattere del CD: una danza e un salto. Leggerezza, equilibrio in continuo divenire, senso della melodia e del disegno globale. E anche brevità, luminosità, seppure percorsa dalle inflessioni dolenti del blues, da inserti agrodolci, meditativi. Da increspature del suono tornito della cornetta di Josh Berman, che scivola talvolta in avvitamenti, ...