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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) of 2018

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Another trip around the sun. In the AllAboutJazz universe, the stars were especially bright this year. Which is a good thing, unless you are like me, trying to pare down a huge list of favorites to just ten. At that task, I've failed once again. So here are my 15 favorite recordings of 2018 in no ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

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Alan Lomax's (1915-2002) field recordings and research heightened our awareness of folk music, i.e. Americana. He reintroduced many of us to our cultural origins where other musical genres received their humble beginnings. Shortly after graduating college, clarinetist, composer Andy Biskin was Lomax's research assistant. And here, the artist revisits the aura of Lomax's lifelong plight and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin 16 Ton: Songs from the Alan Lomax Collection

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Maybe you're not the type of American comfortable shouting “USA...USA...USA!" at sporting events. You might though, reconsider the prohibition after listening to clarinetist Andy Biskin and 16 Tons' Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection. If you know your history you're aware the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, beginning just before WWII, recorded (and preserved) folk and blues music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Old Time Musketry: Drifter

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Old and new collide and intermingle in a variety of appealing ways on Drifter, the second long-player by the Brooklyn-based collective, Old Time Musketry. It's funny, though, how old has become new and new has become old. J. P. Schlegelmilch, the keyboardist and primary composer for the band (he wrote all but 2 of Drifter's varied ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Questo CD del nuovo quartetto Ibid, anomalo nel coniugare tre fiati e una batteria, rappresenta l'ultimo approdo dell'onnivoro Andy Biskin, nato in Texas, formatosi alla Yale University e con molte esperienze nel suo bagaglio musicale. Si percepiscono echi del passato nel percorso movimentato di Act Necessary; evidentemente Biskin appartiene a quella schiera di artisti che non ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin's Ibid: Act Necessary

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A working jazz musician in New York City and environs since 1991, clarinetist, composer, and filmmaker Andy Biskin is a modern-day Renaissance Man. The Texas native was already a fixture in San Antonio's polka scene (yes, people, this is a thing) as a teenager, Biskin attended Yale where he double-majored in music and anthropology. Later, he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Act Necessary is clarinetist-composer Andy Biskin's fifth album, where he integrates the jazz idiom into Americana, slapstick fare, funk and other disparate genres. He's an artist who stands out among his peers as he goes against the grain, while always mingling wit and whimsy into his overall musicality. Biskin's amiable and bubbly clarinet work forges an ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Andy Biskin's Ibid "Act Necessary" (Strudelmedia) Out May 20

Andy Biskin's Ibid "Act Necessary" (Strudelmedia) Out May 20

With An All-Star Quartet, Featuring Cornetist Kirk Knuffke, Trombonist Brian Drye, & Drummer Jeff Davis “It’s hard to find gentle humor in jazz but the clarinetist Andy Biskin has perfect radar for it. ...it’s a sweet-tempered [music] that doesn’t take itself too seriously but has a lot of hidden virtues.” —Ben Ratliff, The New York Times Clarinetist-composer Andy Biskin is up to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Old Time Musketry: Different Times

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Brooklyn-based Old Time Musketry is a band whose moniker foreshadows one aspect of the sound it's after, steeped in folk music and Americana. But the quartet's debut, Different Times, contains so much more. First and foremost, Old Time Musketry is a jazz quartet. Sure there's quite a bit of accordion and clarinet on this recording, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Daniel Bennett Group: Peace And Stability Among Bears

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The album art (a bear bedecked in Wild West accouterments) and song titles ("Farmer Joe Was A Bear," “Dogs Of Our Time") of Daniel Bennett Group's Peace & Stability Among Bears promise a good--if cartoonish--time. What's going on in the music, however, is something altogether different. The quartet performance led by reeds player Bennett sounds light ...