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Don Cherry: Home Boy, Sister Out

Read "Home Boy, Sister Out" reviewed by Chris May

Don Cherry was in the vanguard of not one, but two uprisings which changed the face of jazz. He pioneered both the free-jazz revolution of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the world-jazz movement of the 1970s. Home Boy, Sister Out, first released on the French label Barclay in 1985 and reissued in summer 2018 ...

John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition

Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette

The fulsome clarity of the monaural sound on Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album by John Coltrane may be just the gateway necessary to entice those listeners used to a single home speakers, ear buds or their smart phones. After all, as Ashley Kahn notes in his lengthy essay, this double set of compact discs ...

Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

After spending a few formative musical years in Chicago--where the winds blow the blues around--saxophonist Rich Halley made his way to Portland, Oregon. Halley's recording career made its leap to the top shelf when he joined forces with drummer/record label honcho Dave Storrs at Louie Records. Four excellent recordings under Halley's name saw release on Louie ...

Rodrigo Amado: A History Of Nothing

Read "A History Of Nothing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Biologists believe the principle undertaking of an organism is to pass along its genes to the next generation. That same theory is also applied in psychology. Evolutionary psychology tells us that human behavior has been tailored to pass on our DNA to the next generation, even applying this theory to economics, politics, law, and literature. This ...

Turbamulta: Turbamulta

Read "Turbamulta" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Portuguese experimental outfit presents a conglomerate of faint sounds, striking colors and multilayered passages with textural backwashes and asymmetrical pulses. As a whole, the musicians use off-centered instrumentation, and they tender a diverse playbook that should goad a listener's concentration.

The quintet launches the festivities with “I," which is included in a three-part ...

Leni Stern: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For her critically acclaimed Dakar Suite (Leni Stern Recordings, 2016), Leni Stern presented her African enhanced sounds with lavish 10-piece orchestrations and arrangements complete with horns and violins. For this 2018 release, Stern's compositions were written specifically for a 3 piece, as opposed to adapting a 10 piece composition. Hence the title.

The “Khavare" ...

Frank Salis: Frank Salis

Read "Frank Salis" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss organist Frank Salis (until recently he has called his working trio “Frank Salis H3O") plays the blues like he's been doing it since childhood--because he has. As a young prodigy (he taught himself how to play the piano at age eight) he was exposed to blues piano early on, and decided that was what he ...

Toronto Jazz Orchestra: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The name on the album--20--says it all: the world-class Toronto Jazz Orchestra has been presenting marvelous music in eastern Canada and beyond for twenty years and has marked the special anniversary by releasing the fourth in a series of admirable recordings that began in 2001 with Toronto Jazz Orchestra.

This time out, all ...

Tin Men and the Telephone: World Domination Vol 1: Furie

Read "World Domination Vol 1: Furie" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Seriously, if this is what world domination sounds like, sign me up for a lifetime subscription!

Sure you can control this trio with a smartphone through the Tinmendo app, but can you really? These guys are so gloriously off the rails, so wondrously their own entity that, yeah, go find your hot spot and ...

Phil Haynes & Free Country: My Favorite Things(1960-1969)

Read "My Favorite Things(1960-1969)" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There have been several jazz projects that looked back at the popular music of the 1960's, but none have been as all-encompassing as what drummer Phil Haynes and his band Free Country do here. They touch on Baby Boomer favorites like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and James Brown, but their sweep of the Sixties is wide ...