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Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money

Read "Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money" reviewed by Doug Collette

The late Ronnie Montrose was a guitar hero for our times if there ever was one. An uncommon combination of skills in which he fused as much finesse as power enabled him to assume him a wide-ranging series of sideman gigs and solo projects, the dual results of which were, unfortunately, inextricably intertwined: he was impossible ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Two nearly simultaneous releases that shine an especially interesting light on the three players they have in common. In addition to leading the two dates, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and guitarist Rez Abbasi play prominent performance roles in both, and Dan Weiss provides drums (and tabla). Both projects mark the return of their respective bands: the ...

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The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney

Read "The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney" reviewed by Doug Collette

Delaney & Bonnie's best work functions as a primer on contemporary rock and roll, not to mention how the pair functioned as a catalyst to what's arguably the most prolific and productive instances of musical community that arose from the late Sixties and early Seventies. And even if the following two selections are the sole titles ...

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Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa

Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa" reviewed by Doug Collette

Wadada Leo Smith's most recently recorded albums reaffirm this trumpeter/composer/bandleader's deep, abiding loyalty to his muse. Equally so on stage or in the studio, Smith's devotion to the creative impulse is absolutely unwavering, and, as a result, his works are pure, direct expressions of his concepts, undiluted by compromise. Such is the uniformity of his execution ...

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Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile

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Van Morrison's disenchantment with the business underpinnings of his creative output has been a continuing theme of his work over the years. It's always been something of a self-serving state of mind, but never so much so with the release of two very similarly-conceived and executed albums, on two different labels, within three months of each ...

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The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble, et. al

Read "The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble, et. al" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Percussion is often seen as the spice that is added to an ensemble carried by chordal instruments, but something interesting happens when the use of percussion is allowed to shape the aesthetics of a composition. Early on, minimalists like Steve Reich and Terry Riley have realized the potential of percussion and have used it to bring ...

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Holiday Roundup 2017

Read "Holiday Roundup 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Here are this year's holiday albums I received for review. They are an exceptionally varied lot, ranging from contemporary pop to mainstream jazz--there's even one big band Hanukkah album! I wanted to make special mention of an exceptionally beautiful album that I reviewed late last year, after I had published the 2016 Roundup: Olga Konkova & ...

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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 ...

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Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade

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Another Timbre's autumn 2017 batch of albums is highly significant for the label and its proprietor, Simon Reynell. The four recordings came out almost exactly a decade after the label's first release in November 2007. These new releases take the label's tally of released discs past 150, a formidable ten-year total that would be the envy ...

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Matt Mitchell, un pianoforte declinato al futuro

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Se da un lato c'è Tim Berne che ti affida le chiavi del suo quartetto, e dall'altro Steve Coleman che al momento di mettere qualcuno davanti a una tastiera non esita a comporre il tuo numero, vuol dire che qualcosa di buono al pianoforte lo sai fare. Certo, poi serve anche altro per uscire definitivamente allo ...