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Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darrell Katz and OddSong: Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks

Read "Jailhouse Doc With Holes In Her Socks" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Darrell Katz has been working in Boston for over 30 years compiling an impressive body of work as leader of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra whose music has drawn from current events, literary works and anecdotes about Charles Mingus and Albert Einstein among other sources. On this new CD he revisits several of the compositions he's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival 2015
Various Venues
Bray, Ireland
May 1-3, 2015

Sunshine and squall. The sun and the clouds chased each other's tails throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend of the Bray Jazz Festival. In a way the weather mirrored the music--a pleasingly eclectic, bracing mixture--and the fortunes of the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: Open Source

Read "Open Source" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Open Source would have made a good alternative name for violinist Jeff Gauthier's ensemble, as it draws inspiration from myriad sources. Goatette continues its near twenty-year journey into territory ranging from avant-garde and sci-fi soundscapes, and deep funk grooves colored by searing electric guitar, to an altogether more pastoral melodicism reminiscent of the Mahavishnu Orchestra at ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Claudia Quintet + 1 featuring Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann: What Is the Beautiful?

Read "What Is the Beautiful?" reviewed by Troy Collins

Jazz and poetry have a longstanding relationship that precedes the postwar experiments of the Beats, dating back to the Harlem Renaissance. As with any artistic collaboration, the cooperative efforts of improvising musicians and poets have yielded mixed results over the years. One of the first artists to successfully explore this territory (with John Cage and Charles ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bones & Tones: Bones & Tones

Read "Bones & Tones" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Percussion might very well be the oldest form of communication known to man, but practitioners of the percussive arts are often relegated to supporting roles in the majority of today's music. When percussionist Lloyd Haber received an invitation to form a group for the 2009 Long Beach Jazz Festival, he fought this notion and put together ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fred Frith: Mapping the Further Reaches

Read "Fred Frith: Mapping the Further Reaches" reviewed by Nic Jones

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Fred Frith occupies a unique niche. As a charter member of Henry Cow, a band for which improvisation was always an integral part of musical expression, he was partly responsible for some of the most radical music ever to have emerged from beneath the rock umbrella.



So much so, in fact, that ...

Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone: Thin Air

Read "Thin Air" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

The music of guitarist Mary Halvorson and violist Jessica Pavone is immediately galvanizing but comfortable, unpredictable yet composed, powerful yet subtle, vulnerable and courageous. In the rarified air of duet recordings where there are few places to hide, the music's context becomes a powerful resonator for artistic values. Thin Air is the third release by the ...

Harry Partch Salute Review

Harry Partch Salute Review

MUSIC REVIEW
Things Get Silly at Salute to a Maverick
In a magical night, Partch the ensemble performs works by Partch the musician. Things get silly -- and wonderful.

Harry Partch invented and built his own weird (and beautiful) instruments. He developed his own weird (and beautiful) micro-tonal musical scale, adding an ...

Harry Partch: Plectra and Recussion Dances

Harry Partch: Plectra and Recussion Dances

This three-part work, which Harry Partch called a “satyr play," is eccentric even by the standards of the maverick Californian. Performed for the first time since 1953 John Schneider directs the ensemble in Harry Partch's complete score of Plectra and Percussion Dances: Satyr-Play Music for Dance Theater. Performing with the composer's custom-designed microtonal instruments. It begins with ...