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Angelica Sanchez: Float The Edge

Read "Float The Edge" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Angelica Sanchez has become an in demand side person since her move to NYC from Arizona in 1995, performing with Wadada Leo Smith, Tony Malaby, Kevin Norton, Harris Eisenstadt, and Susie Ibarra, among many others. But her own leadership discography remains slighter than might be expected. Surprisingly Float The Edge represents her first entry as ...

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To Be Continued (Carol Liebowitz, Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter, and Kevin Norton): Poetry from the Future

Read "Poetry from the Future" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This leaderless improvising quartet utilises some unusual instruments on their recording. Bassoon is rarely heard outside of classical music and Claire de Brunner is an excellent exponent of the instrument. She studied jazz improvisation with Lee Konitz. She also studied with pianist Connie Crothers as did Carol Liebowitz, whose restrained yet vital contributions are nearly as ...

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John Lindberg BC3: Born In An Urban Ruin

Read "Born In An Urban Ruin" reviewed by John Sharpe

Acclaimed bassist John Lindberg's trio on Born In An Urban Ruin possesses a distinctive and deeply personal sound in keeping with the man himself. That's down to both the novel instrumentation with long time associate Kevin Norton mostly on vibes and Michigan native Wendell Harrison on clarinets, and the character of Lindberg's writing. The essential humanity ...

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Koichi Makigami Presents His Unique Musical Vision In The Stone

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At the end of October, Japanese vocal artist extraordinaire Koichi Makigami celebrates his unique, eclectic and often eccentric art during a week long residence at The Stone club in New York. Makigami will play with old comrades and some newer, like-minded musicians in a rare opportunity to present his band Hikashu in a different setting.

Anthony Braxton: Tentet (Wesleyan) 1999

Read "Anthony Braxton: Tentet (Wesleyan) 1999" reviewed by John Sharpe

Even though his output suggests that saxophonist/composer/educator Anthony Braxton has never wanted for outlets for his music, he hasn't always had the control he desired. All that changed with the launch in 2011 of the New Braxton House imprint, which issues a new digital download each month drawn from his voluminous archives. This initiative has allowed ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Composite Reality

Read "Tyshawn Sorey: Composite Reality" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Though Tyshawn Sorey's Oblique-I (Pi Recordings, 2011) is his most recent release to date, it's actually comprised of some of the percussionist/composer's earliest work. Containing music that is sonically dense, enormously challenging and (as the title suggests) consistently blurs and obscures the lines drawn between improvisation and composition, it has been hailed by critics and fans ...

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John Zorn: Nosferatu

Read "Nosferatu" reviewed by Thomas Carroll

The idea of saxophonist/composer John Zorn writing music to accompany a production about vampires has exciting implications. After all, it would seem logical that a man who has, over the past 40 years, helped expand the scope of sounds that can be considered music should be able to craft something truly mind-bending when dealing with such ...

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Joëlle Léandre: Live at the Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon

Read "Live at the Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Few modern era instrumentalists sojourn into uncharted regions of the musical cosmos with the ingenuity of bassist extraordinaire Joëlle Léandre. Supported by her vast discography as a leader and co-conspirator, Léandre's serious intentions are differentiated by a sincere vision and jubilant demeanor. These attributes repeatedly surface on her recordings. This release is a two-CD gala that ...

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Joelle Leandre Tentet & Trio: Can You Hear Me?

Read "Can You Hear Me?" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

It is quite rare to find recordings of composed works by French double-bassist Joëlle Léandre. Léandre has gained a justified reputation as an innovative virtuoso of the double-bass, a masterful free improviser, and as an imaginative collaborator, mostly in small, intimate outfits. This double-disc set, with its first half featuring Léandre's composed work for a tentet, ...

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Anthony Braxton: 19 Standards (Quartet) 2003

Read "19 Standards (Quartet) 2003" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Innovative progressive-jazz and avant-gardist Anthony Braxton employs his arsenal of saxophones while covering gems from the past, evidenced by his smoothly swinging spin on Tommy Dorsey's “So Rare," amid a medley of jazz and pop standards. These four discs capture the quartet's 2003 European tour, enamored by the crystalline audio processing and a muse that transmits ...