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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 ...

ARTICLE: HI-RES JAZZ

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 ...

Michael Blake: Fulfillment

Read "Fulfillment" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist Michael Blake's previous concept album Kingdom of Champra (Intuition, 1997) is based on his experiences living with his family in Vietnam. On Fulfillment, the artist centers his focus on India, namely an incident that occurred when a Japanese freighter, transporting hundreds of East Indian immigrants was denied entry into the port of Vancouver, Canada in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day IV

Read "Canada Day IV" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Giunto al quarto capitolo della serie, il quintetto del batterista /compositore Harris Eisenstadt denominato Canada Day si conferma formazione di assoluto valore, forte di un sound personale e ben definito, dotato di grande pulizia e precisione, dalla chiara progettualità. Ci tornano alla memoria certi combo degli anni cinquanta orbitanti nella galassia del cosiddetto “Cool Jazz," da ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Harris Eisenstadt: Canada Day IV

Read "Canada Day IV" reviewed by Troy Collins

Canada Day has been drummer Harris Eisenstadt's flagship ensemble since its first gig on July 1, 2007--his homeland's national holiday, hence the band name. In the ensuing years the quintet has developed an identifiably cohesive sound that expertly balances avant-garde explorations and in-the-pocket swing, with only one significant personnel change; the bass chair is now filled ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wayne Horvitz: Some Places Are Forever Afternoon

Read "Some Places Are Forever Afternoon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Poet and essayist Richard Hugo, a celebrated son of Seattle, was best known in his short life for his straight-forward but moving portrayals of the stark realities of the Pacific Northwest, both people and places. His works have previously been documented in print and on film and now by pianist/composer Wayne Horvitz who pays tribute to ...


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