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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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jon Raskin and Clara Harryman: Open Box

Read "Open Box" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Among the varied collaborations between poets and musicians, or the adaptation of poetry to music, the setting of Carla Harryman's genre-busting poetry to improvised music by ROVA Saxophone Quartet's Jon Raskin is outstanding. Not only because of Harryman's avant-garde poetic language--often focusing on the language itself, its contradictions and shortcomings--subverting its attempts to capture the fleeting ...