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Audio Cave Artists

Read "Audio Cave Artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode hones in on some of the fine artists recorded by Audio Cave, an independent label based in Krakow, Poland. They've been in operation since 2012, releasing a mix of genres. Much attention is paid to the finished products' sound, as you'll hear in the music from the likes of the Oles Brothers, Mark Alban ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More

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Portuguese drummer Joao Lencastre's tune Departure seemed like the right track to end a show, but perhaps I saved the best for last as well. His new recording Parallel Realities is a gem. Lencastre says he likes to hear dramatic contrasts in music, so that was his focus and the tool was using smaller groups within ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

We Jazz artists, Eric Hofbauer & The Pen Club

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Finnish jazz artists are front-and-center this episode. You'll hear music from the ambitious and busy We Jazz record label which is based in Helsinki, and you'll also hear music from one of that country's top trios, Hot Heros. They've got a new recording out on Eclipse Music, another important label in Finland. There's other new music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer: Book Of Water

Read "Book Of Water" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Boston based guitarist and rising star Eric Hofbauer obviously isn't afraid of challenges. But then again, no musician/artist should be if they wish to leave a mark. The compositional intent at first come across rather lofty: a five part, multi-ensemble project interpreting wood, fire, earth, metal, and water, namely the five pillars of Chinese philosophy understood ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer's Five Agents: Book Of Water

Read "Book Of Water" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This CD marks the beginning of an ambitious project for guitarist Eric Hofbauer, five connected recordings based on the Chinese philosophical construct of the Five Agents, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of these recordings is to have a different instrumental lineup, but for this first one, Book Of Water, he uses an explosive jazz ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad

Read "Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra at the Lilypad" reviewed by Doug Hall

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
The Lilypad
Cambridge, MA
November 12, 2018

As a protégé of legendary trombonist/arranger/composer Bob Brookmeyer at New England Conservatory in Boston, Ayn Inserto was part of a very special tribute last March when she treated the audience to a pre-release performance of the title composition from her ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard

Read "Cull the Heard" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Pocket Aces have made all the right moves in gearing up for their first album. The three improvisers are comfortable with each other, having spent time playing together, unearthing their sound. Cull the Heard finds the leaderless trio composing as they improvise, curating an album full of focussed and engaging songs. The Boston trio omits any ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2

Read "Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

With sure workmanship and untamed inquisitiveness, Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer is no stranger to confronting unusual yet stimulating music. Examples include 2008's uncharacteristic guitar duo The Lady of Khartoum with Garrison Fewell or the striking American solo series--American Vanity (2004), American Fear (2010) and American Grace (2013)--which crossed distinctive terrains of improvisation and covers of iconic ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2

Read "Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz – Volumes 1 & 2" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

L'emergente chitarrista bostoniano Eric Hofbauer, docente di strumento, composizione e storia del jazz all'Emerson College & University del Rhode Island, un palmares di collaborazioni che spazia da Han Bennink a John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell e Cecil McBee, Steve Swell e Matt Wilson, ha inciso nell'aprile 2014 questi due album, dedicati rispettivamente al Sacre du printemps di ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014

Read "Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Typically, when music is labeled it gets thrown into a box that limits its artistic scope. But the four letter word “jazz" in today's environment obliterates typical categorization as found in these diverse releases.

Ambrose Akinmusire
The imagined savior is far easier to paint
(Blue Note)