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VIP: Pierre Audetat - Vinz Vonlanthen: Walking Contradiction

Read "Walking Contradiction" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As noted on Leo Records' website, the premise for this duo set is extracted from a phrase in Martin Scorsese's classic film Taxi Driver, starring Robert De Niro. Otherwise, the duo's partly minimalist, ethereal and spacey soundscapes paint a divergent picture on a per-track basis. So, there are good-natured, yet largely probing and fractured musical contradictions ...

Pilgrims: Oriental Orbit

Read "Oriental Orbit" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This International trio's second album contains an East meets West nomenclature, but a case can be made that their unique bridging of various modalities defies strict categorizations. Enhanced by audiophile qualities, the recording radiates a mystical communion of diverse instrumentation that toggles between conventional world jazz norms and a horde of tasty abstracts or pieces where ...

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Oneness

Read "Oneness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Taking a page from Matthew Shipp's playbook, Ivo Perelman declared the duo's latest release Oneness to be their last. After 2017's The Art Of Perelman--Shipp series and their stellar duo recording Live In Brussels (Leo Records, 2017) release, the pair have crafted nearly three dozen sessions together, including 8 duo recordings. You might have your doubts ...

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Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order

Read "Picking Order" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Il russo Simon Nabatov è chiaramente uno dei pianisti più brillanti del circuito. Il suo virtuosismo gli consente di destreggiarsi tra tutti gli stili del jazz, dispiegandoli e triturandoli a piacimento. Dopo la lunga residenza a New York, che ha prodotto il trio con Mark Helias e Tom Rainey, o le collaborazioni con Ray Anderson, da ...

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Bones: Haberdashery

Read "Haberdashery" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This is the second release by the experimental European trio, simply known as Bones. Led by bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld, the program is mainly erected on fragmented motifs and variable currents amid false endings, and an aggregation of renewal processes. And it's an unrestricted engagement, as the musicians are afforded opportunities to expand and contract, while ...

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Heath Watts: Bright Yellow with Bass

Read "Bright Yellow with Bass" reviewed by John Sharpe

Musicians gravitate towards the sprawling conurbations like New York and Chicago because of the potential for exposure, the pool of talented collaborators and the sheer pull of tradition. But if ever proof were needed that excellent music thrives outside of the these febrile centers, then it can be found on Bright Yellow With Bass. Soprano saxophonist ...

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Ivo Perelman: Heptagon

Read "Heptagon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Over the past few years, Brazilian tenor sax luminary Ivo Perelman has been releasing albums in clusters based on themes / approaches: The Art of the Improv Trio, Vol. 1--Vol. 6 and The Art of Perelman-(Matthew) Shipp Vol. 1--Vol. 7 and Heptagon is one of six new simultaneous releases.

Here, Perelman appears with longtime ...

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Heath Watts - Blue Armstrong: Bright Yellow with Bass

Read "Bright Yellow with Bass" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The musicians underscore the tone of this program by citing a quote from renowned artist Wassily Kandinsky: “The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with bass notes or dark lake with treble." But of course, the interpretations are decided by the listening audience, ...

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Bones: Haberdashery

Read "Haberdashery" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un trio felicemente strutturato, a nome collettivo ma il cui nume tutelare appare senz'altro Ziv Taubenfeld, autore di tutto il materiale proposto, ci si rivela in questo bel lavoro, fresco di stampa per i tipi della Leo Records. A differenza di una generosa fetta produttiva della casa russo-londinese, infatti, qui le strutture espositive sono ben presenti ...

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Simon Nabatov, Max Johnson, Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir

Read "Free Reservoir" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Simon Nabatov e Michael Sarin si conoscono ormai da oltre un trentennio, da quando, in Canada, parteciparono entrambi al Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. All'epoca Max Johnson, che di anni ne ha ventisette, neppure era nei pensieri dei suoi genitori. Eppure oggi i tre si trovano insieme in quest'ottimo album, uno dei migliori ...