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Mikkel Ploug: Alleviation

Read "Alleviation" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alleviation is a fascinatingly winsome document showcasing what occurs when tool serves as muse. While out and about in New York in 2016, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug happened upon a musical curio--a mahogany-top Gibson Banner LG-2. The instrument, essentially a wartime relic made by the (mostly) female work force in Gibson's Kalamazoo plant in the early ...


Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Formazione piuttosto singolare questa messa assieme dal batterista Harris Eisenstadt, senza sassofoni, chitarre e pianoforti, ma invece con fagotto, flauto, tuba e violoncello. Strumenti di estrazione classica, che in realtà nel jazz non sono mai mancati, specie alle origini (banjo e tuba) o in ambiti d'avanguardia (flauto e fagotto), ma che tutti assieme è raro incontrare. ...


Simon Millerd: Lessons And Fairytales

Read "Lessons And Fairytales" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Canadian trumpeter Simon Millerd is one of those musicians who effortlessly moves between genres. This new CD of his is a collection of work that mixes folk, jazz-rock, electronic minimalism and jazz in original and personal ways.

The opening track, “Looking Back" echoes the glitchy electronics of modern Norwegian music with Millerd's trumpet and ...


Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by John Sharpe

How do you pass the tedium of a long haul flight? Catch up on sleep, or take in those films you meant to watch but never got round to viewing? Few of us spend the time as productively as Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt who sketched out the main elements of his Recent Developments suite on the ...

Dalava: The Book of Transfigurations

Read "The Book of Transfigurations" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the tender and haunting The Book of Transfigurations vocalist Julia Ulehla and her partner guitarist Aram Bajakian interpret thirteen Moravian folk songs with a personal and contemporary touch. Joining them in the ensemble Dálava are a quartet of Canadian improvisers who add an additional layer of spontaneous lyricism to this memorable music.

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The Westerlies: The Westerlies

Read "The Westerlies" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il quartetto di ottoni The Westerlies è formato da musicisti originari di Seattle che, dopo collaborazioni giovanili nella città dello stato di Washington, si sono successivamente ritrovati a suonare insieme nell'area di New York, dove si erano trasferiti separatamente. Il nome del quartetto si ispira a tale spostamento da Ovest verso Est, la stessa direzione che ...

Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Canadian native and Brooklyn resident Harris Eisenstadt has built a solid reputation as a composer, matching accolades for his eclectic expertise as a drummer. His passion as a student of the art has taken him to West Africa, where he has studied the music of the Wolof people and Cuba, where he has delved deeply into ...


Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music

Read "Songlines: An Independent Voice for New Music" reviewed by Mark Werlin

The independent Vancouver-based record label Songlines Recordings was established in 1992. Inspired by the contemporary jazz music scene in Vancouver, label founder Tony Reif began recording Canadian, American, Dutch, German and French composer-performers. Over the next two decades, the core group of musicians who recorded frequently for Songlines included Benoît Delbecq, Harris Eisenstadt, Gordon Grdina, Wayne ...

Michael Blake: Fulfillment

Read "Fulfillment" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

I fatti da cui Michael Blake prende lo spunto per realizzare le musiche di Fulfillment risalgono al 1914, ma sono tristemente attuali. Un dramma dell'immigrazione, verificatosi a Vancouver, quando una nave a vapore giapponese, la Komagata Maru, fu respinta con il suo carico umano di quasi quattrocento persone provenienti dall'India orientale. Solo a ventiquattro migranti fu ...

Brad Shepik / Ron Samworth: Quartet 1991

Read "Quartet 1991" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Tony Reif is calling a mulligan here. Some twenty-five years ago, shortly before he founded and launched the Songlines imprint and long before he was known the world over for his work in the production and promotion of creative music, Reif went into a Seattle studio to produce a recording for a quartet fronted by guitarists ...