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Ă€ine O'Dwyer: Gegenschein

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By anyone's standards, Àine O'Dwyer is a hyper-accomplished musician and innovator. As a pre-teen in her native Ireland she had already taken on the piano, harp, fiddle and flute. Eventually focusing her attention on the harp and piano, she developed an unquenchable inquisitiveness about the pipe organ--not the most accessible of instruments. In acts of quiet ...

Christian Windfeld/Julius Schwing: Rhubarb

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Bruny Island sits off the coast of the Australian state of Tasmania--the adopted home of guitarist Julius Schwing. With its iconic lighthouse, large populations of endangered bird species and spacious, uninhabited regions, Schwing, upon his first visit, found it an inspiration. Originally inhabited only by Aborigines, it is home to wallabies and penguins and provides an ...

Hubert Dupont: Smart Grid

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French bassist and composer Hubert Dupont has been mixing music and political activism since his Sabil Trio played at the Institute of the Arab World in 2013. That event served as the inspiration for Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 1 (2016) and Golan/Al Joulan Vol. 2 (2017), both on the Ultrabolic label. His blend of Arab music and ...

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

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Half a century after his passing, the music of John Coltrane continues to be studied, analyzed and enjoyed for its historical and musical exceptionality. Every few years it seems that another undiscovered collection surfaces and is met with enviable enthusiasm, much of it centered around speculating where Coltrane's music was going at a point in time, ...

Adam Berenson/Daoud Shaw: Fatidic Dreams

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Fatidic Dreams brings together two musician whose influences and experiences are as diverse a set of conditions as one could imagine. Philadelphia-area pianist/keyboardist/electronic composer Adam Berenson was a student of Paul Bley at the New England Conservatory of Music, and his musical inspirations run from Beethoven to Zappa. A playwright and teacher, Berenson has recorded across ...

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Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part I

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OriginsBy the second half of the 1920s, New York had supplanted jny: Chicago as the center of jazz. The “Jazz Age"--a label incorrectly ascribed to F. Scott Fitzgerald--could rationally have been framed as the “Dance Age." Prohibition, and the speakeasies that it spawned, were packed with wildly enthusiastic patrons of the jny: Charleston, Black Bottom, Shimmy, ...

Rob Mazurek: Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers

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In recent years trumpeter and electronic composer Rob Mazurek has gained prominence as a visual artist whose work has been shown on three continents. Besides giving its name to this audio collection, Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers has been a link to additional musical and visual projects emanating from Mazurek's home base of Marfa, Texas. His ...

Thumbscrew: Theirs

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It has been four years since Thumbscrew, the trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, released their self-titled debut (Cuneiform Records, 2014). The trio is simultaneously releasing two albums--their third and fourth--Ours and Theirs on the same label. As the titles indicate, one album consists of original compositions and the other, ...

This Is It!: 1538

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At the half-way point of Satoko Fujii's year-long celebration of her sixtieth birthday, she presents a new trio configuration--This is It!--with familiar figures. Her sixth of twelve releases for the year is titled 1538 and features her almost ubiquitous musical partner and spouse Natsuki Tamura and drummer Takashi Itani. The significance of the title lies in ...

Yokada: Stillness & Sirens

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A new Stockholm-based piano trio, Yokada, has released their debut recording on Lisa Ullén's Disorder label. Though the sparse liner notes give no indication, it is a safe assumption that the trio's name comes from Andrew Hill's “Yokada Yokada" on Judgment! (Blue Note, 1964). This release--Stillness and Sirens--features one composition that is a tribute to Hill. ...