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Content by tag "Geno Thackara"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Quentin Angus: In Stride

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Quentin Angus comes across as the kind of player who's seemingly absorbed everything in developing a repertoire--one whose extensive study lets him draw on any style and throw out familiar licks on a whim. Here we have soft electric tones worthy of Grant Green crossed with the expansive compositional smarts of Pat Metheny. Fleet lines and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wes Montgomery: In Paris: The Definitive ORTF Recording

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Resonance Records has done it again--where it is polishing up an old find for the great-sounding and excellently-presented (and not least, legitimate) release it deserves. As par for the label's course, this package boasts quality mastering and a top-notch insert of liner notes, photos and background commentary. It also marks this famous performance's first authorized release ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Martin Loyato: Involution

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Have you ever wondered what directions Miles Davis might have taken if he hadn't retired from his electric fusion period in mid-1975? Perhaps he could have shifted his influences even farther east, traded the odd cocaine binge for an opium habit, and gradually replaced all the heavily layered African rhythms with some more minimalist drones out ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Audun Trio: Rondane

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Rondane is the kind of debut that sounds almost too accomplished and self-assured to be a debut. Its theme certainly doesn't hurt: the album is named after a Norwegian national park, and the picturesque quality can't help but enhance such an endeavor in anyone's hands. Credit where credit's due, though--this young trio sounds sharp and versatile ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Berlin Guitar Ensemble vs. 1605munro: Volume III: Magnetic Cycles

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Like many things in the music world, Guitar Craft has taken on a life that no one imagined at the start. Robert Fripp's series of performance and lesson courses technically “ceased to exist" in 2010, but its tentacles have continued to spread in all manner of directions through a range of performing ensembles. There's a characteristic ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Geno Thackara's Best Releases of 2017

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My second year playing in the All About Jazz sandbox has been even more packed with great times and great musical discoveries than the first. I had the pleasure of reviewing plenty of terrific recordings just as strong or highly-rated as those on this list, not to mention some superb live shows, but these were the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

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How many collections of standards does the jazz world really need? The answer, of course, is that there's always room for more as long as the players and listeners can find something relevant and fresh. Every piece on offer in this batch has been around for several decades at least, but these old things never fail ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Nissenbaum: Bismuth

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This may be only the first album under Daniel Nissenbaum's own name, but that doesn't mean his horn doesn't still have a long and rich history behind it. The recording follows more than a decade of composition study, sit-ins with a wide ranges of names (including some as big as McCoy Tyner and Marcus Miller), and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

PSYCHAUDIO: Connect

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Is the first half of Psychaudio meant to imply psychedelia or something more scary like psychosis, you ask? The answer turns out to be bit--only a bit--of both. The jny: New York City quintet doesn't go completely off the rails on their debut release, nor do they dive completely into trippy headspace. The lineup is that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ilya Netkach: I Am

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No stranger to traveling, Ilya Netkach has absorbed a range of ideas between growing up in the Ukraine and (at the time of this release) teaching violin in the United Arab Emirates. A statement of identity such as I Am can't help showing all such personal sides, at least to the extent a five-track EP allows. ...