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Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The trio Thumbscrew is releasing simultaneously two recordings from a single session, Theirs and Ours. The first is an album of cover songs and the latter originals by the band. While these reductionist tags might describe the music in its fundamental aspects, these two recordings are the product of one intricate process and trio language.

Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It has been four years since Thumbscrew, the trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, released their self-titled debut (Cuneiform Records, 2014). The trio is simultaneously releasing two albums--their third and fourth--Ours and Theirs on the same label. As the titles indicate, one album consists of original compositions and the other, ...

Art Zoyd: Art Zoyd - 44 1⁄2 At A Glance: Selections from the Art Zoyd Box Set

Read "Art Zoyd - 44 1⁄2 At A Glance: Selections from the Art Zoyd Box Set" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Because France's Art Zoyd was a member of the Rock In Opposition (RIO) movement--a loose confederation of bands making left of center music and subverting the conventions of the music business--they are often characterized as a progressive rock band. But after a brief early period with a standard rock configuration, their instrumentation and musical style came ...

Raoul Bjorkenheim eCsTaSy: Doors of Perception

Read "Doors of Perception" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il chitarrista Raoul Bjorkenheim è nato a Los Angeles nel 1959 da genitori finlandesi e nel paese nordico ha ben localizzato le sue radici artistiche. La sua peculiare ricerca timbrica lo contraddistingue da molti anni sulla scena della musica jazz alternativa che basa la sua strutturazione sull'improvvisazione ben organizzata. Bjorkenheim è uno dei nomi di punta ...

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Miriodor: Signal 9

Read "Signal 9" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, the influential French-Canadian prog rock outfit Miriodor releases its 9th album. Since its formation in 1980, the band has been nestled within the Rock in Opposition movement alongside cutting-edge ensembles such as Henry Cow (UK), Art Zoyd (France) and Univers Zero (Belgium). Hence, the premise behind much of this was in response to the music ...

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Ed Palermo: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

Read "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It isn't a characteristically positive sign when an album incorporates obvious humor into its credits and occasionally, the music itself. The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren could raise red flags with its title, personnel adjectives such as “Terrifying Trombones" and listing Kellyanne Conway as “Alternative Executive Producer." But a listener familiar with The Ed Palermo Big Band, ...

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Chicago/London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Read "A Night Walking Through Mirrors" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Per festeggiare i vent'anni di attività il Chicago Underground Duo declina la sua ennesima versione e ci lascia un ulteriore testimonianza di potenza creativa, di visionarietà e di musica tout-court di altissimo livello. Nell'aprile 2016, durante una due giorni di esibizione al Cafè Oto di Londra Rob Mazurek e Chad Taylor invitano sul palco John Edwards ...

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Chicago / London Underground: A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Read "A Night Walking Through Mirrors" reviewed by Barry Witherden

Rob Mazurek is a remarkable musician, with a rare breadth and depth of expression. Off-hand, the only artist I can think of who possesses a similar emotional profile is Wadada Leo Smith. Like Smith, Mazurek can sear your ears and nerves one minute and soothe your soul the next, without any sense of strain or contrivance ...

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What’s In A Name: Cuneiform

What’s In A Name: Cuneiform

Curious about the name of a small, imaginative jazz record company called Cuneiform, I asked Joyce Feigenbaum, the company’s publicist, who is married to the owner, how the label’s name came about. This is her reply: I’m actually an art historian by academic training (B.A. & M.A.), not an archeologist, a modernist. BUT I’m not the one who ...

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Cheer-Accident: Putting Off Death

Read "Putting Off Death" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Chicago-based prog rock unit incorporates seamless genre-hopping movements on its 18th album and third for Cuneiform Records. Clocking in at a little over 38-minutes, the musicians provide upper-tier compositions, sans any hint of filler material as opposed to cramming the maximum allowable bits and bytes into the standard CD limitations. Thankfully, each piece stands on ...