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American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square

Read "American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Back in 1952, Folkways Records released its groundbreaking Anthology of American Folk Music. It was a collection that gathered some of the best slices of American music, including gospel, blues and old-time music. It has since been followed by countless other compilations, but the ambition and the scope of the collection is still relevant. Tradition should ...

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Two Going Solo

Read "Two Going Solo" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

No, the title of this review doesn't refer to the autobiographical story of similar name, which tells of a young Roald Dahl looking for adventure in Africa. But like the protagonist of that book, the two individuals discussed in the following prove similarly adventurous in their own right and dig deep into the vast repertoire of ...

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Massimo Biolcati: Positive Polymath, Cooperative Catalyst

Read "Massimo Biolcati: Positive Polymath, Cooperative Catalyst" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With a viewpoint colored by vast experiences--formative classical and jazz encounters while growing up in Sweden and Italy, immersive education at Boston's Berklee College of Music, finishing work under the masters at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and real-deal maneuvering in New York and beyond--bassist Massimo Biolcati plays and writes with a globalist's perspective. While ...

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The Adventurous Spirit of Red Piano Records

Read "The Adventurous Spirit of Red Piano Records" reviewed by Geno Thackara

There actually isn't a piano to be heard anywhere in this batch, but the season's crop illustrates the ethic of Red Piano Records in some interesting ways nonetheless. The small Brooklyn label specializes in music offbeat enough to require some adventurous ears, comfortably rooted under the jazz umbrella while usually stepping at least one foot somewhere ...

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Two trio recordings with Yoko Miura

Read "Two trio recordings with Yoko Miura" reviewed by John Eyles

Tokyo-born Yoko Miura took classical piano lessons from the age of 5 to 18. Inspired by players such as Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy and Paul Bley she took classes in jazz. She was soon playing concerts in Japan with players like guitarist Ryouichi Saito, percussionist Jyunzo Tateiwa and shamisen & bassist Noribumi Uchida. By 2001 she ...

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Two Pianists Going Their Own Way: Carl Kennedy and Max Petersen

Read "Two Pianists Going Their Own Way: Carl Kennedy and Max Petersen" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Most contemporary jazz piano players follow well-trodden paths, be it the speed and power of Bud Powell, the romantic clarity of Bill Evans or the complex abstractions of Cecil Taylor. Here are two examples of pianists who go their own ways. Carl Kennedy American Lullaby JeruJazz 2019 ...

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A World of Piano Trios II

Read "A World of Piano Trios II" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Several parts of the world heard from in this installment: Sweden, Norway, France, and the United States. Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) e.s.t. live in Gothenburg ACT Music 2019 Before Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson's untimely death in 2008, e.s.t. was a sensation. They brought an eclecticism and rock-like ...

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Spanish-British links on Vector Sounds

Read "Spanish-British links on Vector Sounds" reviewed by John Eyles

In recent decades improvised music has become increasingly international, with improv players from across the world being attracted to global centres such as jny: London or jny: Berlin, playing and forging links there before moving on. Where members of an improvising group were once all of the same nationality, today it is uncommon to find all ...

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Old and new Frank Denyer

Read "Old and new Frank Denyer" reviewed by John Eyles

It can often be difficult for a record label to follow a release as successful as Another Timbre's monumental five-disc set Morton Feldman Piano has proved to be, so the next wave of five releases on the label is particularly interesting. Of the five, two are by British composer Frank Denyer who has had two previous ...

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Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The ...


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