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Marco von Orelli: Blow, Strike & Touch

Read "Blow, Strike & Touch" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato dal vivo il il 2 aprile 2014 al Teather am Gleis di Winterthur, questo album documenta un paritetico trio di improvvisatori svizzeri, la cui intesa va oltre la musica e affonda nelle relazioni personali, artistiche e umane.

La formazione vede il pianoforte di Max Keller e la batteria di Sheldon Suter affiancare la ...

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Diatribes: Echoes & Sirens

Read "Echoes & Sirens" reviewed by John Eyles

This four-track, forty-one-minute vinyl LP is the follow-up to Diatribes' 2015 Aussenraum LP, Great Stone/Blood Dunza, and completes a dub-influenced trilogy that began with Augustus (INSUB, 2013). Unlike those two albums which featured the basic duo version of Diatribes, on Echoes & Sirens Cyril Bondi and d'incise are joined by electric bassist Raphael Ortis and a ...

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Sam Newsome, Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Read "Magic Circle" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Non molto noto in Italia, Sam Newsome va oggi annoverato tra i massimi specialisti del sax soprano, che suona sfruttandone molte delle nascoste peculiarità timbriche e spesso anche “preparandolo" con singolari artifici tecnici. Autore di ben tre lavori in solitudine, qui ne mette a frutto l'esperienza dialogando con il pianista francese Jean-Michel Pilc. La registrazione arriva ...

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Marja Mortensson: Mojhtestasse

Read "Mojhtestasse" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The passing on of musical tradition is fundamental to any culture, but so too is innovation, which breathes new life into old ways. Mojhtestasse, the second album by Norwegian south Saami singer Marja Mortensson, continues her revival of the yoik tradition--a unique, chant-like vocalisation--that has been dormant in her family for several generations. Mortensson's wordless chant-cum-improvisations ...

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Annie Chen Octet: Secret Treetop

Read "Secret Treetop" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Over the years, jazz has widened its horizons to encompass a broad range of music that many of those who practiced and/or appreciated the more traditional forms might not recognize, let alone endorse. Among the more recent genres is “world music," which embodies various rhythmic and harmonic elements of jazz without assimilating its core values. On ...

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The Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights

Read "Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, Monday Nights" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the '70s composer and arranger Gil Evans, after years of outstanding studio arranging for Miles Davis and others, put together a performing orchestra which took influences from the jazz-rock and fusion concepts of the time. That orchestra released several fine albums such as Svengali (Atlantic, 1973) and There Comes A Time (RCA, 1975) and, on ...

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Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

After a stint in New York, saxophonist Greg Ward was lured home to Chicago in 2016 by a project based on Charles Mingus's The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records, 1963). Ward's new vision of this record was widely acclaimed, not least for its performance with a ballet company, as Mingus had desired.

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Steven Wilson: Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Read "Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

One component of progressive rock composer/vocalist/guitarist/ Steve Wilson's widespread appeal pertains to his rather boyish charm and heartfelt vocal delivery. A strong composer and supreme melody-maker, the artist seduces the audience with the notions of living and breathing the experiences and implications of a song's lyrics. And he helped pave the way for post progressive rock ...

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Charlie Porter: Charlie Porter

Read "Charlie Porter" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Charlie Porter is an album that is musically and structurally reminiscent of those iconic M.C. Escher prints: dizzying ziggurats, waterfalls to some/nowhere and eye-teasing figure-ground images. Porter, with the able assistance of his local colleagues -all ace musicians -has created an intriguing, intelligent recording that simmers and boils over with ingenious original compositions, stellar musicianship, and ...

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Carlos Bica & Azul: Azul in Ljubljana

Read "Azul in Ljubljana" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Azul è una storica formazione del contrabbassista portoghese Carlos Bica che riunisce musicisti dalle personalità e dal background decisamente variegati. Il leader ha lavorato per diversi anni con la vocalist Maria Joao, ha collaborato con prestigiose voci del fado, ha composto musica da film e per teatro. Il chitarrista tedesco {{Frank Mobus vanta studi al Berklee ...