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Exodos: Heuristics

Read "Heuristics" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Leo Records website narrative states that this new ensemble distances itself from the clichés associated with European improvised music as the program does not adhere to a particular vision or overarching concept. Indeed, it's music without borders by musicians who possess wide-ranging and distinct resumes, including revered American drummer Gerry Hemingway who imparts his signature ...

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Patrick Battstone: The Last Taxi, In Transit

Read "The Last Taxi, In Transit" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Patrick Battstone is a pianist and collaborator. What is meant by collaborator? Good Question. Battstone is as equally skilled at writing, creating and playing as he is bringing together equally creative and likeminded collaborators into one project. Battstone's projects are a democracy of performances, where each player has a vital and role in the overall sound. ...

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Roz Harding - Mike Outram - Jim Bashford: Super Mood

Read "Super Mood" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The trio covers several acres of musical terrain on this inspiring debut led by British saxophonist/educator, Roz Harding (Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra, Paul Dunmall). Indeed, it's one of those unanticipated surprises that at the very least, adds a nouveau light to the possibilities of what a hip, small ensemble rendezvous can generate.

Harding and ...

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Z-Country Paradise: Live in Lisbon

Read "Live in Lisbon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The multinational quintet revs up the audience on this wild and scruffy excursion that skirts a misty demarcation between punk jazz and avant-garde improvisation along with off-kilter jazz rock tendencies. Vocalist Jelena Kuljic's guileful and emotive iterations instill hip, Beat Generation-like narratives in concert with the band's jarring and edgy grooves via some recoiling breakouts and ...

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Carol Liebowitz/Birgitta Frick: Malita-Malika

Read "Malita-Malika" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Carol Liebowitz is a pianist based in New York City. Birgitta Flick lives in Berlin and plays tenor sax. They met in 2010 at a jazz club in Berlin and, ever since, have played together now and again. Their music is free, not particularly melodic and occasionally downright difficult to listen to.

“Whether ...

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 ...