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Gordon Beeferman: Other Life Forms

Read "Other Life Forms" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A keyboardist and composer with ambitious reach, Gordon Beeferman creates music designed to surprise and challenge. He specializes in avant-garde contexts, whether with his Organ Trio (alongside guitarist Anders Nilsson and drummer Ches Smith) or in a larger septet format, with Music for an Imaginary Band (Generate Records, 2009). And then there's his work writing operas ...

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Gordon Beeferman: Other Life Forms

Read "Other Life Forms" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based pianist, composer Gordon Beeferman is also a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, in addition to his multifarious career spanning several music genres and extensive collaborations with a diverse array of artists and bands. On this outing he leads a quartet, featuring a notable cast of like-minded futurists.

Beeferman is ...

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Joe McPhee / Pascal Niggenkemper / Ståle Liavik Solberg: Imaginary Numbers

Read "Imaginary Numbers" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee always seems open to encounters with like-minded spirits wherever he finds them. Some of his finest albums have stemmed from his collaborations with groups of younger musicians, such as Spontaneous Combustion (Otoroku, 2015) with Decoy and Skullduggery (Clean Feed, 2015) with Universal Indians. On Imaginary Numbers he teams up with two high-profile ...

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Yoni Kretzmer's New Dilemma: Months, Weeks and Days

Read "Months, Weeks and Days" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer is not one to rest on his laurels or pursue straight and narrow musical paths as his discography consists of various ensemble configurations and objectives. With this hybrid chamber jazz and improvisation-based sextet, the musicians interpret the leader's compositions, structures and outlines via improvisational means.

The ensemble delves into the ...

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Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain

Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If music was sports, then Ivo Perelman would be baseball and most other musicians football. Where football's regular season is 16 games, baseball plays 162. Likewise, most musicians release one album every year or two, but Perelman has averaged seven titles per year for the last seven years. His 2017 Leo Records output is thirteen (fourteen, ...

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Harris Eisenstadt: On Parade In Parede

Read "On Parade In Parede" reviewed by John Sharpe

In Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi's acclaimed 1994 novel Pereira Maintains, a critical turning point comes during the central character's stay in the spa town of Parede in Portugal. It's not too much of an exaggeration to suggest a similar advance for drummer Harris Eisenstadt's Canada Day in a live date from the same locale. Usually a ...

Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About

Read "Forget Old Europe: 15 European Jazz Musicians You Need To Know About" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Since the first half of the 20th century, the Old Continent has played a pivotal role both in welcoming and supporting jazz artists from the United States. Over the following decades it has expressed generations of passionate musicians with increasingly original languages and ever greater improvisatory skills.

In the 21st century there are countless ...

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Pascal Niggenkemper Le 7éme Continent: Talking Trash

Read "Talking Trash" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Anni fa il contrabbassista e compositore franco-tedesco Pascal Niggenkemper ebbe modo di vedere alcuni documentari sulla spazzatura che invade gli oceani e, in alcuni casi, si ammassa a formare isole galleggianti, tanto da essere denominata “il settimo continente"; impressionato dalla cosa, pensò di realizzare un progetto musicale che “mettesse in musica questa realtà assurda." Il risultato ...

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Jean-Brice Godet Quartet: Mujo

Read "Mujo" reviewed by John Sharpe

Young French reedman Jean-Brice Godet enlists a seasoned cast for his debut leadership album, recruited during one of his frequent visits to NYC. Downtown stalwart Michael Attias completes the two horn front line, while bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and drummer Carlo Costa man the engine room. Godet works regularly with celebrated bassist Joelle Leandre, appearing on Can ...

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Moppa Elliott: Still, Up In The Air

Read "Still, Up In The Air" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non è facile volere bene a quel brontolone del contrabbasso quando decide di mettersi in proprio. Il legno, le corde, l'archetto, il suono goffo e introverso, le note slabbrate, imprecise, la fatica immane di cavare sangue dal più rapa degli strumenti: poche altre situazioni in ambito improvvisativo sanno essere più scorbutiche e meno amichevoli. Eppure la ...