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Guitars on Three Continents

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Gonzalo Esteybar
One Look
River Flow Records
2017

Even when you can glean a lot from a first glance, it still usually means just scratching the surface. Gonzalo Esteybar knows his way around the instrument enough to have studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle and repeatedly toured with its ...

Stephan Micus: Inland Sea

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Like an actual inland sea, the Stephan Micus catalogue stands as a unique entity distinct from all its surroundings. Always too restless to rely on familiar sounds, he travels to find little-known instruments in far corners of the world and take time getting to know each one's voice. His 22nd ECM recording is centered mostly around ...

Andrew Schiller Quintet: Tied Together, Not to the Ground

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Andrew Schiller may be fairly young and only starting his recording career, but he's already learned some very good lessons. His debut as a leader demonstrates a level of compositional smarts that's impressive at any age, quietly building a series of coolly thoughtful quintet pieces, boasting an excellent ensemble and arranging each part in service of ...

Orion Tango: The Apple Of No

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In times as strange and uncertain as ever, Orion Tango prefers to remember that there are some silver linings we can count on and “the world doesn't have to go this way," as guitarist Tim Motzer explains it. One steady constant of course is the power of music--edge-of-seat improvisation is this power trio's specialty, and the ...

Rahul Mukerji: Ma De Re Sha

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From the first glance at his debut album, Rahul Mukerji makes clear that one of his chief qualities is an open mind. The cover reflects both sides of his background (born in India and now based in the eastern US) and the music within follows suit. His expressive guitar playing through Ma De Re Sha demonstrates ...

Simon Sammut: Crossing

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'Crossing' is one of those versatile terms that can be taken many different ways--among other things, it can signify the traversing of a place or boundary, a meeting spot where roads pass each other, or perhaps the act of combining individual things together into a new whole. Simon Sammut means the word in all those senses ...

Trail Magic: Trail Magic

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The term “trail magic" is a well-known concept among hikers and other nature enthusiasts. It refers to the time-honored tradition of travelers leaving nice things (usually helpful objects or notes) along the road for others to find someday. The electric tone of this recording may evoke highways and festival stages more than the wilds of nature, ...

Quantum Trio: Duality: Particles & Waves

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As anyone who's ever read or watched science fiction can tell you, there are any number of universes that occupy states different from our own. Limitless possibilities are created by the chances of things happening one way or another. There could be another Earth out there that's secretly run by penguins, one where Miles Davis actually ...

Orion Tango at Kung Fu Necktie

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Orion Tango
Kung Fu Necktie
jny: Philadelphia, PA
June 6, 2017

It's unclear what formal apparel has to do with the martial arts, or what either one has to do with live music for that matter, but nevermind. Adventurous musical acts are always welcome at Kung Fu Necktie as much as open-eared listeners. The ...

Bill Evans: Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

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As charmed good-luck magnets go, producer Zev Feldman is the jazz world's equivalent of the guy who keeps winning the lottery year after year. He and Resonance Records specialize in finding and curating unreleased gems to share with the wider world--not dodgy bootlegs, but quality material in terms of content and sound--and giving each discovery the ...


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