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Take Five with Alex Lefaivre

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About Alex Lefaivre

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Alex Lefaivre is a bassist known for his unique artistic voice, virtuosic skill, passionate work ethic and easy going personality. Equally proficient on both the upright and electric bass, he enjoys a busy schedule as a freelancer in a wide variety of musical styles. Alex ...

Jungsu Choi: Tschuss Jazz Era

Read "Tschuss Jazz Era" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Living in a state of unresolved civil war since 1945, and lately under threat of nuclear annihilation, obviously sharpens the senses, gives the Korean people an edge the rest of us don't have. Recently, Donald Trump took one look and was blown away. He said (or perhaps Tweeted), “These are wonderful, hard-working people."

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Give Us These Days

Read "Give Us These Days" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it comes to the art of the trio, pianist Lynne Arriale is always in her element. Over the past quarter century she's released two riveting handfuls of dates exploring this configuration, only rarely moving afield as on her plainly-titled previous release--Solo (Motema, 2012). Each one of those trio outings stands as its own distinctive work ...

Jungsu Choi Tiny Orkester: Tschuss Jazz Era

Read "Tschuss Jazz Era" reviewed by Jack Bowers

At last, after lo these many years, a big band--make that a Tiny Orkester--from South Korea. If that's not surprising enough, what is even more striking is that composer / arranger Jungsu Choi's diminutive ensemble (tentet plus voices) is highly proficient and really swings. Choi wrote two of the album's five numbers; the others are Charlie ...

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Matteo Pastorino: Suite for Modigliani

Read "Suite for Modigliani" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nuovo lavoro del clarinettista sardo di stanza a Parigi Matteo Pastorino (clicca qui per leggere la sua intervista del 2015), con una formazione che sviluppa il quartetto del suo precedente V, sostituendovi solo il contrabbassista, adesso Damien Varaillon, e ospitando in alcune tracce la chitarra di Gilad Hekselman.

Come da titolo, Suite for Modigliani ...

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Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface

Read "Under The Surface" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Silence frames music--before it sounds and after the final vibration of the last note has died. Often associated with an absence of communication, silence is also revered in certain communal ritual/cultural spaces. Poetic or damning, eerie or calming, silence never leaves us indifferent. Some composers have embraced it to a significant degree as part of the ...

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Steve Hobbs: Tribute to Bobby

Read "Tribute to Bobby" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Steve Hobbs's third CD featuring this quartet is studded with lively compositions, mostly written by him. The paradoxically breezy opener (considering the dark derivation of its title) “The Craving Phenomenon" is an example of this lightness of touch. Hobbs is heard here on marimba as he is on the next track “Into The Storm," a labyrinthine ...

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Tubis Trio: The Truth

Read "The Truth" reviewed by Geno Thackara

A title such as The Truth may seem like some kind of commentary or bold statement in what's strangely referred to as the post-truth era, though Maciej Tubis and his cohorts thankfully don't bring any such weighty baggage to their first studio date (following two live releases with slightly different lineups). “In the end, you need ...

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VEIN: VEIN plays Ravel

Read "VEIN plays Ravel" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), the classical French composer/arranger, was an early embracer of jazz. He included elements of the then new music into some of his own later compositions. Jazz has--since the 1940s, initially under the guise of what became called the Third Stream, pioneered in part by Gunther Schuller--often married classical stylings with the quintessentially American ...

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Eric Ineke: Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter

Read "Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Eric Ineke is a long time drummer, residing in the Netherlands, who is one of a coterie of sidemen favored by American expatriate jazz musicians for their European gigs. This fine compilation of his work with nine of the great tenor saxophonists gives the listener a golden opportunity to listen to some of their best workouts ...