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Axel Dörner/Agustí Fernández/Ramon Prats: Venusik

Read "Venusik" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The command must have been “make it new," and the trio of Axel Dörner (trumpet & electronics), Agustí Fernández (piano), and Ramon Prats (drums & percussion) wholeheartedly agreed. Venusik is one of several recordings made under the Spontaneous Music Tribune Series for the parent label Multikulti Project.

The newness focuses on original music and, ...

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Zlatko Kaućić: Diversity

Read "Diversity" reviewed by John Sharpe

Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič learned his craft in the diverse jazz scenes of Barcelona, Berlin, and Amsterdam before returning to his newly independent homeland in 1992. He collaborated extensively with local musicians as well as illustrious visitors such as Steve Lacy, Paul Bley, Chico Freeman, Kenny Wheeler, and Paul McCandless, often utilizing composition and poetic texts. ...

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Zlatko Kaućić: Diversity

Read "Diversity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This 5-CD box Diversity was produced to honor Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič's 40 years in music. It is many things, but what it is not, is a career retrospective. How could it be? For quite awhile the drummer was a nomad, moving to Barcelona in 1976, then Amsterdam where he absorbed the new Dutch swing. His ...

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Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

Read "Not Two...But Twenty! Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival
Wlen, Poland
September 21-23, 2018

Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...

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Ramon Lopez: Threefold

Read "Threefold" reviewed by John Sharpe

A quick glance at the discography of Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez reveals a musician steeped in diversity, both geographical and stylistic. It's striking that so few of his releases share the same line up, notwithstanding his enduring partnership with pianist Agusti Fernandez. So perhaps it's no surprise that on Threefold he pilots the debut of a ...

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Irene Aranda, Johannes Nästesjö and Núria Andorrà: Inner Core

Read "Inner Core" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A trio of adventurous Spanish improvisers, pianist Irene Aranda, bassist Johannes Nästesjö and percussionist Núria Andorrà channel forces of exploration, energy and elemental mystery on Inner Core, six inventive tracks that plumb their astonishing creative depths with a fervid curiosity.

Fans of free improvisation may recognize these musicians through their mutual connections with pianist ...

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Dissection Room: Albert Cirera / Abdul Moimême / Alvaro Rosso: Dissection Room

Read "Dissection Room" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

An international trio, based out of Lisbon, Portugal, Dissection Room formed in 2015 with saxophonist Albert Cirera, bassist Alvaro Rosso and guitarist and electronic artist Abdul Moiméme. The three artists share wide-ranging formal training in multiple disciplines as well as an affinity for experimental music. Their self-titled debut, recorded live at Lisbon's O'Culto Da Ajuda in ...

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

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Evans, Fernandez, Gustafsson: A Quietness of Water

Read "A Quietness of Water" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tre fuoriclasse dell'improvvisazione più o meno radicale (qui molto radicale) in un incontro senza rete che l'assenza di batteria e contrabbasso rende ancora più rischioso e audace. Potremmo sintetizzare così A Quietness of Water album che conferma, se mai ce ne fosse bisogno, l'attenzione posta dalla polacca Not Two Records verso le musiche non convenzionali.

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Albert Cirera: Before The Silence

Read "Before The Silence" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Before The Silence, four musicians from the Iberian Peninsula collectively birth one 53-minute improvisation, split into three tracks and a final short coda. Pianist Agusti Fernandez is likely the most recognizable name here, but the nominal leader reedman Albert Cirera has an enduring association with the pianist, first as a student, then appearing as part ...