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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

Fay Claassen: Luck Child

Read "Luck Child" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dutch singer Fay Claassen has taken her sweet time releasing a follow-up to her 2010 big band release, Sing (Challenge). Her most recent recordings before sing include Red, Hot & Blue: The Music of Cole Porter (Challenge, 2009), and the uniformly excellent Two Portraits Of Chet Baker (Munich, 2006), all uniquely their own works of art. ...


Trichotomy: Known-Unknown

Read "Known-Unknown" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's been a while, four years to be precise, but Australian piano trio Trichotomy is back. Known-Unknown appears after a break during which the band's members have been busy with numerous other projects and sees the first appearance of a new bassist, but it takes just a few bars of “Five" to reassure fans that this ...


Alex Maksymiw: Without A Word

Read "Without A Word" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Toronto native, guitarist Alex Maksymiw has lent his admirable faculties to ensembles such as the Village Vanguard Orchestra and with reedman Dick Oatts among many other notables. Here, Maksymiw realigns with all-star saxophonist Marcus Strickland for a multifaceted quartet date, brimming with ethereal motifs and many works that merit repeated listens.

Maksymiw is the ...

Batik: Headland

Read "Headland" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Batik may be a relatively new group but there's a natural chemistry in this debut recording that is the result of long years playing together in a variety of contexts. The genesis of the group dates back to Joost Lijbaart and Wolfert Brederode's duo collaborations, which began in 2005 and the pair are also part of ...