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Masahiko Togashi & Masayuki Takayanagi: Pulsation

Read "Pulsation" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Virtually unnoticed in the West, the Japanese free jazz scene in the 1970s was bursting with creativity. The musicians shared a strong sense of adventure, as they welcomed the developments of creative music and free improvisation from USA and Europe while trying to find their own voice with a completely personal approach to improvised music. One ...

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Helge Lien Trio: Asymmetrics

Read "Asymmetrics" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich



The ominous cover art and brooding band photo on the cover of the Norwegian Helge Lien trio’s second DIW release, Asymmetrics, promises a stormy affair, but true to the title, the nine tracks surprise and deliver instead a restrained, at times even gentle mood without, however, sacrificing intensity.



Pianist Lien, bassist Frode ...

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Willie Oteri: Spiral Out

Read "Spiral Out" reviewed by Marco Piva

The eclectic US guitarist Willie Oteri, who played with or supported artists like Bob Seger, Neil Young, Doobie Brothers, Chaka Khan and Passenger and has been a member of Jazz Gunn, has the chance to cooperate with producer Ronan Chris Murphy (who has worked with King Crimson amongst others) for this Spiral Out that he records ...

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Ali/Belogenis/Morris: Live At Tonic

Read "Live At Tonic" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The first track “Invocation: Trane Is In The House,” of this January 2001 live date just about describes it all. This trio formed from the embers of the creative luminescence that was John Coltrane sears through a New York winter evening. Drummer Rashied Ali is familiar with this territory, having held the drum chair from 1965 ...

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Carla White: The Sweetest Sounds

Read "The Sweetest Sounds" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Carla White has been a staple of vocal jazz for almost 20 years. Yet it's the same old story. No matter how talented - - and she is high on the talent list - - White has had trouble getting her art put to disk. She had to go to Mexico for her last CD. Now ...

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Carla White: The Sweetest Sounds

Read "The Sweetest Sounds" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

During the period when jazz had reached a popular appeal unlike anything seen before or since, the idea of a woman vocalist fronting a big band was a fashionable and alluring notion. It was the swing era and such names as Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, and countless others came up through the ...

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Carla White: The Sweetest Sounds

Read "The Sweetest Sounds" reviewed by Jim Santella

Her breathy alto voice sets up a romantic scene for this session of standards. Carla White creates a particularly impressive scene every time she scat sings her way through one of these favorite tunes. Alongside Lew Tabackin, Dean Johnson and Peter Madsen, she's the agile instrumentalist, weaving her voice among their assertive lines. Straight-ahead jazz is ...

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Br: Shadows

Read "Shadows" reviewed by Micah Holmquist

Peter Brötzmann is an impressive figure in more ways than one. To begin with, there is his status as a legend. From his 1968 debut Machine Gun to the present day, the German saxophonist has long stood for creativity and challenging conventions. Since then he has played with many of the great avant-garde masters such as ...

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Lee Konitz: Some New Stuff

Read "Some New Stuff" reviewed by Andrew Lindstrom

One of the most exciting and unique aspects of “saxophonitz" Lee Konitz's playing and writing is his intense respect for both the intuitive nature of the improvisational process as well as the practical nuts and bolts of making music with others. This is a characteristic of many of pianist/pedagogue Lennie Tristano's pupils to a certain extent, ...

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Lee Konitz: Some New Stuff

Read "Some New Stuff" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Recently, I’ve rediscovered the music of Lee Konitz. Actually never lost, I just kind of never favored his sound. Till now. Maybe he has mellowed, or I’ve aged, but to my ears he has set aside attitude to favor beauty.

Konitz, a Lennie Tristano disciple, has for years been undeservedly labeled with a cool-school moniker. His ...