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Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites!

Read "No Favorites!" reviewed by Troy Collins

Ever since its formation in 1977, Rova, the pioneering West Coast saxophone quartet, has been augmenting its ranks to explore structured improvisation. No Favorites! pays homage to Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris, the inventor of Conduction, a revolutionary system for organizing large-ensemble improvisation using coded gestures. This ambitious album epitomizes a working relationship that Rova began with ...

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Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble: A Trumpet in the Morning

Read "A Trumpet in the Morning" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Ricercatore instancabile, Marty Ehrlich torna dopo 13 anni con un progetto per big band, firmando uno dei dischi più belli del 2013. Rara avis, il lavoro di arrangiamento si distingue per una idea di jazz magnificamente svincolato da regole e formulette. Prevale una pratica musicale estremamente volatile, che anche all'interno di un solo episodio cambia continuamente ...

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Marty Ehrlich: A Trumpet In The Morning

Read "Marty Ehrlich: A Trumpet In The Morning" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A Trumpet In The Morning is a first for multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich; it's the first album completely dedicated to his large group works and the first album under his name that's basically directed by his hand rather than his horn(s). The intrepid Ehrlich, who fell under the sway of St. Louis' Black Artists Group (BAG) in ...

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Kyle Bruckmann: On Procedural Grounds

Read "On Procedural Grounds" reviewed by Troy Collins

One of the most common methodologies embraced by the current generation of creative improvising musicians is polystylism--a seamlessly ingrained aesthetic sensibility that transcends the stylized post-modern dilettantism of earlier generations. Bay Area-based oboist Kyle Bruckmann has demonstrated the depth and breadth of this all-inclusive approach in myriad ways, from his art-damaged punk band Lozenge and genre-defying ...

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Tony Malaby: Paloma Recio

Read "Paloma Recio" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tim Berne aveva visto giusto indicando Malaby come il sassofonista del futuro. Dopo 15 anni di collaborazioni ai massimi livelli (Paul Motian, Fred Hersch, Charlie Haden, Mark Helias) ed alcune maiuscole prove da leader, il sassofonista di Tucson sta scrivendo alcune delle pagine più interessanti e personali del jazz contemporaneo. Le influenze assimilate negli anni ci sono tutte, da quella ...

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Scott Fields Ensemble: Samuel

Read "Samuel" reviewed by Troy Collins

The works of Samuel Beckett have been a recurrent source of inspiration for guitarist Scott Fields. Samuel is Fields' second effort at conveying the master's prose through pure sound, following Beckett (Clean Feed, 2007). Transposing the original text of Beckett's plays into precise pitches, chords and time signatures, Fields transforms Beckett's wordplay into melodies and harmonies ...

Nick Didkovsky: Ice Cream Time

Read "Ice Cream Time" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Organicità e disorganicità totale, post-rock, irregolarità ritmica, enfasi, meta-linguaggio, pre e post-modernismo, post-minimalismo, neo-massimalismo, patchwork, ottiche di contrapposizione, new chamber music, nervi tesi, rumorismo, elettronica, iconoclasta, ritmi complessi, rigore, disequilibrio, sovversione, asimmetria, ambiguità, Franck Zappa e Edgar Varese... vogliamo metterci anche un caffé espresso? I segnali che il signor Didkovsky manda da anni sono questi. Rispetto agli adorati Doctor Nerve, ...

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Tony Malaby: Paloma Recio

Read "Paloma Recio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To use a rock 'n' roll analogy, saxophonist Tony Malaby is the Mick Jagger to Joe Lovano's Paul McCartney. It's not that anyone has to choose sides, but if the classic Paul Motian band (featuring Lovano) was The Beatles, then Malaby's Paloma Recio quartet is the Rolling Stones.

Without having to choose sides, Paloma ...

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Tony Malaby: Paloma Recio

Read "Paloma Recio" reviewed by Troy Collins

One of New York City's most in-demand tenor saxophonists, Tony Malaby has become one of the most distinctive artists of his time. A first generation Mexican-American born in Tucson, Arizona, Paloma Recio finds Malaby delving deeper into his own personal history, abstracting Spanish-tinged melodies with the support of some of the best improvisers working today.

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Wayne Horvitz: Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voice, and Soloist

Read "Joe Hill: 16 Actions for Orchestra, Voice, and Soloist" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Wayne Horvitz giunge ad uno snodo epocale della sua eccellente carriera con questo ambizioso e riuscito progetto affidato ad una grande orchestra di stampo classico, con l’aggiunta preziosa delle voci della moglie Robin Holcomb, del fido Danny Barnes e di Rinde Eckert. E con le importanti evoluzioni solistiche assicurate dalla magica chitarra di Bill Frisell. I testi sono ...