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Gary Lucas' "Fleischerei": Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Read "Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The hip kids knew what to look for in those Saturday morning cartoons. It was the early Warner Brothers' animations and the black-and-white Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons. Insider jokes, stabs at the government and popular figures, and sexual innuendo were commonplace, even if we didn't quite get the meanings. Each were politically incorrect, before there ...

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Yoshie Fruchter: Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined

Read "Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A stalwart of New York City's astoundingly creative Judaic music scene, multi-instrumentalist and composer Yoshie Fruchter specializes in one thing: moving on from what he's already accomplished. Though he has two genre-smashing albums of edgy, Judaic jazz- rock-prog fusion on John Zorn's Tzadik label under his belt (Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes, Tzadik Records, 2011, and ...

I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Samuel Blaser

Read "I 10 CD nel CD-Player di... Samuel Blaser" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Clifford Jordan plays Leadbelly -These Are My Roots (Atlantic Records -1965).
Ho condiviso l'ascolto di questo fantastico disco durante una session a Brooklyn circa due anni fa con il sassofonista Michael Blake e il bassista Michael Bates.

02. Michael Blake -Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside Records -2014).
Con Michael, che è uno ...

Michael Bates: Northern Spy

Read "Northern Spy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did you ever get a bit envious listening to a recording and thinking the band is having way too much fun making music? I'm not saying Northern Spy stirs up jealousy, but damn the trio of bassist Michael Bates, saxophonist Michael Blake and drummer Jeremy “Bean" Clemons are up to some serious jollification here.

This, ...

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Joel Harrison: Mother Stump

Read "Mother Stump" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Given his proclivity for wildly eclectic, big-concept musical projects featuring improbable combinations of multi-ethnic instrumentalists, Joel Harrison is about the last guitarist I'd expect to record a funky slab of power-trio jazz-rock-funk fusion. Across the board, his guitaristic skills have taken a back seat to compositional concerns and rich, detailed arrangements. Yet, here is Mother Stump, ...

Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane

Read "Boom Crane" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Berlin-based saxophonist, composer Peter Van Huffel is the lead voice on Boom Crane's debut outing, featuring the dynamo rhythm section of New York residents, bassist Michael Bates and drummer Jeff Davis. As one would anticipate, the saxophonist imparts his creatively focused, restless nature into the grand schema. He's a mover and shaker via his unwieldy theme- ...

Joel Harrison: Mother Stump

Read "Mother Stump" reviewed by Troy Collins

Guitarist and composer Joel Harrison is well-known for creative cross-cultural collaborations and unique arrangements of works by influential musicians like George Harrison and Paul Motian. A magnanimous bandleader, Harrison rarely dominates his own recording projects, typically soloing with lyrical economy in lieu of pyrotechnic excess. Mother Stump focuses on this underplayed aspect of Harrison's abilities, spotlighting ...

Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane

Read "Boom Crane" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pity the neighbors of the jazz trio Boom Crane. It's not that their garage band approach to music making is off-putting or offensive, it's that the ferocity of their approach is just so demanding. Saxophonist Peter Van Huffel's New York trio of Michael Bates (bass) and Jeff Davis (drums) release this, their inaugural recording, as a ...

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Joel Harrison 5 at Gigspace Performance Studio

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Joel Harrison 5
Gigspace Performance Studio
Ottawa, Canada
March 1, 2014

Tucked at the end of a small strip mall in an unlikely location, Gigspace Performance Studio has, since opening in the fall of 2011, garnered a reputation as an intimate performance space where magic often happens. A not-for-profit 46-seat venue, ...

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Dan Loomis: On The Wee Trio and "Live At The Bistro"

Read "Dan Loomis: On The Wee Trio and "Live At The Bistro"" reviewed by Fiona Ord-Shrimpton

The Wee Trio, comprising Dan Loomis: bass; James Westfall: vibraphone; Jared Schonig: drums, are a band to keep looking out for. Having released four impressive albums already, including the recent, Live at the Bistro, their star continues to burn slowly--as all true stars are bound. The Wee Trio is a component of a new musical breed ...