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Matteo Bortone

Read "Matteo Bortone" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Paul Bley, Closer (ESP, 1966).
Esplorare senza paura di cadere nel vuoto. Barry Altschul incredibile. A mio avviso, uno dei migliori dischi di piano trio.

2. Elliott Smith, Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars, 1997).
Cantautorato struggente post Nick Drake. ”Between the Bars” una delle mie preferite, se avessi una chitarra acustica ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself

Read "Nicky Schrire: Permission to Be Yourself" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



To follow the recordings of Cape Town-based vocalist and composer Nicky Schrire is to watch an artist evolve right in front of your eyes. With her 2012 debut Freedom Flight, Schrire demonstrated a supple soprano vocal technique and a knack for intelligent arrangements of unusual repertoire choices. Following it up the next year with ...

Guilhem Flouzat: A Thing Called Joe

Read "A Thing Called Joe" reviewed by Luca Casarotti

Due anni dopo l'album di sue composizioni originali Portraits (2015), Guilhem Flouzat propone ora una raccolta di standard dal titolo A Thing Called Joe, pubblicata dalla stessa etichetta newyorkese che aveva dato alle stampe il precedente lavoro, la Sunnyside Records. Se in Portraits il batterista, compositore e bandleader francese (da poco tornato a Parigi dopo anni ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lucas Pino No Net Nonet: The Answer Is No

Read "The Answer Is No" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With one well-received album under its belt, composer / tenor saxophonist Lucas Pino's well-groomed New York City-based No Net Nonet is back for a second go-round, The Answer Is No. For the benefit of curious souls who wonder what question may have inspired the reply, it is, we are told, Pino's answer “to a world inundating ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Guilhem Flouzat: A Thing Called Joe

Read "A Thing Called Joe" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Guilhem Flouzat, gearing up for his third recording as a leader, had meant to steer his music along the path he'd taken on his sophomore album, Portraits (Sunnyside Records, 2015)--a rotating cast of musicians laying down a batch of the leader's eloquent compositions. But a post card slipped through the mail slot suggesting a step ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex LoRe Quartet: More Figs And Blue Things

Read "More Figs And Blue Things" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Alex LoRe is a musician of philosophical and poetic bent. With his debut--Dream House (Inner Circle Music, 2014)--that wasn't always apparent, as the scales slightly favored progress over patience. Here, the balance tips the other way, but not so much so that things become tedious. LoRe may be a deep thinker, but he doesn't allow ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Justin Mullens Pushes The Boundaries Of The French Horn & Offers New Compositions On "The Cornucopiad"

Justin Mullens Pushes The Boundaries Of The French Horn & Offers New Compositions On "The Cornucopiad"

ON BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND RECORDS (MARCH, 2016) "The spirit of the organization is firmly rooted in Brooklyn. All of the members reside there, and they wanted to give a nod to the vitality of its scene."—The Wall Street Journal The Cornucopiad Features The Justin Mullens Octet: Justin Mullens (French Horn), Chris Cheek (Alto Sax & Clarinet), Peter Hess (Bass Clarinet), ...

Isaac Darche: Team & Variations

Read "Team & Variations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While guitarist Isaac Darche is clearly a fan of punny titles, his music is no joke. On Team & Variations--the follow-up to the California-bred, New York-based guitarist's debut, Boom-Baptism (BJU Records, 2012)--Darche digs deep, delivering five stimulating originals and three classics that focus in on his dexterous finger work, tight arrangements, and kinship with his contemporaries. ...

Alex LoRe Trio: Dream House

Read "Dream House" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label has played host to quite a few emerging saxophonists: baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian's debut, alto saxophonist Logan Richardson's second date, and the first two records from Melissa Aldana, the winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, all came out on this imprint. Now, the label is introducing ...

Jazz Vocals April

Read "Jazz Vocals April" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Writer's note: Music writing is an avocation. It is not what I do for a living. It exists as that undertaking I do for the satisfaction of possibly educating others about this single essential art. But the reality is I have less and less time to write. As a result, I am limiting my writing to ...