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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival

Read "New York's 24th Annual Vision Festival" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

Although Europe has a plethora of creative improvised music festivals throughout the year, drawing on a large audience base of appreciative fans, one festival in the USA stands out as the beacon of hope and encouragement for this music in its native land. Now in its 24th year, New York's Vision Festival, presented by Arts for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

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Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

Live Guitars From New York: Ava Mendoza, Nels Cline & Ralph Towner

Read "Live Guitars From New York: Ava Mendoza, Nels Cline & Ralph Towner" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ava Mendoza & Nels Cline
National Sawdust
March 27, 2019

Since its old space closed its doors, John Zorn has been spreading The Stone out into other locations, besides its current main home at The New School. One of these alternative platforms is at National Sawdust, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Throttle Elevator Music: Retrospective

Read "Retrospective" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Una delle figure più dirompenti (e popolari) del jazz del nostro tempo, Kamasi Washington, ed Erik Jekabson, Thomas McCree, Ava Mendoza, Gregory Howe e Matt Montgomery sono i protagonisti di Retrospective, album che--sebbene uscito nel 2017--poggia le sue radici a cavallo del tempo di due sessioni: la prima tenutasi nel 2011, la seconda nel 2016, entrambe ...

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! ...

Stray: Into Darkness

Read "Into Darkness" reviewed by John Sharpe

Two old masters and two younger pretenders unite to produce Into Darkness. Saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist John Russell were both part of the so-called second generation of improvisers, following in the wake of progenitors such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and John Stevens. Joining them in a continuous 51-minute live performance from London's Iklektic in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ava Mendoza: Unnatural Ways

Read "Unnatural Ways" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The debut album led by West Coast USA guitarist, vocalist Ava Mendoza parallels some of the principles established by the renegade New York City downtown scene with correlations to avant- rock albums produced by John Zorn for his long-running Tzadik record label.

I listened to the LP, and it appears that the only ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall

The 5th Annual Alternative Guitar Summit: February 4, 2015 @ Shapeshifter Lab And February 6-8, 2015 @ Rockwood Music Hall

Presenting 22 Guitarists, New Podcast Featuring Nels Cline, Plus Masterclasses @ Spectrum The 2015 AGS will feature 22 Guitarists!: Ben Monder, Steve Mackey, Scott Johnson, Lee Ranaldo, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Doug Wamble, Adam Levy, Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson, Anders Nilsson, Aaron Dugan, Marco Cappelli, Gyan Riley, David Fiuczynski, Prasanna, Ava ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Moers Festival 2014

Read "Moers Festival 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Moers Festival
Moers , Germany
June, 6-9, 2014

Moers is a small city of about 100,000 inhabitants at the periphery of the former mining and industrial Ruhrpott area in Germany, about 40 km from the Dutch border and near the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Moers Festival, a four-day annual event always ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave

Read "Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave" reviewed by Troy Collins

Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond has been steadily gaining attention, courtesy of a tireless performing schedule reinforced and documented by a series of diverse albums issued on his own Prescott Recordings imprint. Hammond's releases have featured a variety of instrumental lineups, ranging from lyrical solo recitals to frenetic collective improvisations. His most recent endeavor is Cathedrals (Prescott ...