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Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud

Read "Meeting of the Minds and Sounds: The Clarinet and The Oud" reviewed by Doug Collette

The clarinet is hardly as an exotic instrument as the oud, but both instruments have their places in modern jazz and it's always fascinating to hear how each sounds within those contexts they're placed. As a point of comparison, the music on these two releases is at once haunting and comforting, mesmerizing and intoxicating, ultimately luring ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wayne Horvitz: The Snowghost Sessions

Read "The Snowghost Sessions" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This trio set is one of two concurrent releases by venerable composer/keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. On Those Who Remain (National Sawdust, 2018) he is supported by an orchestra and guitarist Bill Frisell, to complement his other classical-focused outings spanning the past two decades. As The Snowghost Sessions finds Horvitz aligning with longtime cohorts, bassist Geoff Harper and ...

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Francois Houle - Alexander Hawkins - Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options

Read "You Have Options" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The late co-founder of the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Ken Pickering, recommended British pianist Alexander Hawkins to consummate this trio featuring Canadians: drummer Harris Eisenstadt (drums) and clarinetist Francois Houle. And, based on the output of this exquisite studio set, it was a sound decision to align with the pianist, who for several years has performed with ...

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Gordon Grdina: Ejdeha

Read "Ejdeha" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Fifteen years into his study of Arabia's mysterious and resonant oud, Vancouver, Canada-based guitarist Gordon Grdina has released Ejdeha, with his equally mysterious and resonant ensemble, The Marrow.

Expanding out from his debut, Think Like the Waves (Songlines, 2006), recorded with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, Grdina takes his jazz improvisations further into the ...

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Gordon Grdina: Inroads

Read "Inroads" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nuova formazione per il canadese Gordon Grdina, un quartetto nel quale la sua chitarra sostituisce il più tradizionale basso e che hai in Oscar Noriega --ben noto per le sue collaborazioni con Tim Berne --la voce principale. I brani in programma sono tutti della penna di Grdina, anche se due in collaborazione proprio con Noriega.

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Gordon Grdina, Francois Houle, Kenton Loewen, Benoit Delbeq: Ghost Lights

Read "Ghost Lights" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Titolo decisamente evocativo dei contenuti musicali, quello assegnato a questo CD dal paritetico quartetto franco-canadese, perché il baluginare di suoni all'interno di atmosfere perlopiù soffuse richiama davvero scenari nei quali la luce si manifesta per poi sparire, in cicli mutevoli e cangianti.

Ma non si scambi questo Ghost Lights per un lavoro astratto o ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2018

Read "Spring 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Charles Mingus
Live at Montreux 1975
Eagle Records
2018

Right from the opening ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...