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Content by tag "CD/LP/Track Review"

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Stick Men featuring Mel Collins: Roppongi

Read "Roppongi" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Stick Men is a long standing offshoot group from the iconic progressive rock band King Crimson. Founded in 2007 by drummer Pat Mastelotto and Chapman Stick players Tony Levin and Michael Bernier, it took its name from the unusual instrumentation of two Stick players. Mastelotto recently joked that if they knew it would go on so ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nick Fraser: Is Life Long?

Read "Is Life Long?" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is a pulse, maybe better stated a pace, drummer Nick Fraser is partial to on his recording Is Life Long?. His quartet, originally named Towns And Villages, is assembled around a concept. It is a two string (bass and cello), saxophone, and drum outfit. The music trawls an insouciant path through six original compositions. Being ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude

Read "Verisimilitude" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il tocco ricco di sottili contrasti dinamici che Tyshawn Sorey mette in risalto alla batteria si avvicina per ampiezza espressiva a quello delle dita su un pianoforte: dalla pennellata acquosa al colpo ovattato, dall'urto leggero alla cupa, vigorosa stoccata. Sempre restando nell'ambito di una gamma elastica, mobile, rilassata. Una qualità che, unita alla plastica intelligenza musicale, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Reich: Pulse/Quartet

Read "Pulse/Quartet" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

In 2016, composer Steve Reich celebrated a milestone birthday and to mark the occasion an upward of hundreds of performances of his work were performed at various places around the globe. These performances and celebrations just confirmed the almost unfathomable beauty and timelessness of his oeuvre as they represented 50 years in music. They also confirmed ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Whit Dickey: Vessel in Orbit

Read "Vessel in Orbit" reviewed by Don Phipps

From the first chord struck on “Spaceship 9" by pianist Matthew Shipp, Vessel in Orbit demonstrates the epitome of seasoned and extremely talented musicians improvising together. This trio, led by drummer Whit Dickey, provides musical compositions and improvisations that are at once eerie, dark, foreboding, yet hauntingly beautiful.

The recording (engineered admirably by Jim ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Dorf: Lux

Read "Lux" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Imagine the marriage of minimal, ambient-drone, industrial noise, and a chamber ensemble. The combination doesn't likely conjure up many musical associations, but then we have The Dorf. Founded by German saxophonist Jan Klare in 2006, the name--which roughly translates to “village"--implies something small rather than an enormous ensemble of twenty-six musicians. Like a village, members have ...

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Tiger Trio: Unleashed

Read "Unleashed" reviewed by John Sharpe

Three leading exponents of their instruments unite on Unleashed. Since their first collaboration in Vancouver in 2009, French bassist Joëlle Léandre and American flutist Nicole Mitchell have enjoyed a simpatico outlook, as evidenced by a clutch of Rogue Art releases including Before After (2011) and Sisters Where (2014), as well as Flowing Stream (Leo, 2014). Joining ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Miguel Angelo: I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert

Read "I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Miguel Angelo is a Portuguese bassist whose main occupation is keeping the beat going for other musicians in various groups. If playing in bands is his “bread and butter" job, then it follows that a solo bass recording would be his “dessert."

For most of this effort, Angelo plucks and bows with a deep, resonant ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

NICOLE JO: 20

Read "20" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A most versatile and hard-working musician, Nicole Johänntgen can be heard in a variety of ensembles, embracing elements of India and the Middle East in her ethno-jazz quartet, adopting a contemporary approach to New Orleans jazz as witnessed on the marvellous Henry (Self-Produced, 2017) or tearing it up with guitarist/vocalist Peter Finc in a duo that ...

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URO: OR

Read "OR" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's always nice to discover a meeting of new or unfamiliar bedfellows in the music world. However figuratively or geographically removed some things may seem to be--such as Scandinavia's fjords and the American heartland, let's just say for instance--you can probably count on a crew of good and willing players to find some common ground. Okay, ...