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Kaja Draksler / Petter Eldh / Christian Lillinger: Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

Read "Punkt.Vrt.Plastik" reviewed by John Sharpe

Three outrageously talented up-and-coming players on the European scene join energies on a program of spiky attitude based around rhythmically dynamic foundations. German drummer Christian Lillinger and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh may be best known as the potent bedrock of the Amok Amor Quartet which featured trumpeter Peter Evans. Now they fulfill the same function in ...

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Alexander Hawkins: Iron Into Wind

Read "Iron Into Wind" reviewed by John Sharpe

On his second solo album pianist Alexander Hawkins creates an adventurous and deeply personal synthesis which draws from both jazz and classical wellsprings. One of the foremost representatives of an exciting younger generation of British musicians, his talents are on display not only on his own projects, like Uproot (Intakt, 2018), but with growing circle of ...

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Tom Rainey Trio: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Tom Rainey è da anni batterista tra i più versatili. A suo agio nella lingua della tradizione (Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, Carmen McRae, il suo gruppo Obbligato..) ma anche nelle forme aperte della postmodernità (Tim Berne, David Torn, Nels Cline...), raggiunge con il suo trio risultati anomali, di volta in volta più sorprendenti. Sempre affiancato da ...

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Christoph Irniger Pilgrim: Crosswinds

Read "Crosswinds" reviewed by Don Phipps

With Crosswinds, Christoph Irniger's quartet Pilgrim offers a scintillating trip into a musical subconscious --a dream state where one opens doors only to find more doors --a spiral staircase where the top is always just beyond reach. For the most part, the album consists of tunes that are both sparse yet engaging. And it is this ...

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Ingrid Laubrock: Contemporary Chaos Practices

Read "Contemporary Chaos Practices" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ormai attiva da una buona ventina d'anni, Ingrid Laubrock, che di anni ne ha quarantotto, durante i quali si è via via spostata dalla natia Germania a Londra e infine a New York, ci regala con questo Contemporary Chaos Practices (sottotitolo Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists) uno dei suoi lavori più maturi e convincenti. Il ...

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Don Byron / Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)tonalities" reviewed by John Sharpe

The title Random Dances And (A)tonalities hints at the inclusive nature of this studio encounter between Cuban-born, New York-based pianist Aruán Ortiz and American clarinetist Don Byron. Ortiz's admiration for Byron's work caused him to seek out the reedman and led to this session that brings together their varied backgrounds. Between the two, they encompass early ...

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Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by Don Phipps

Recorded live in 2017 in New Haven, Connecticut at restaurant, watering hole, and music space Firehouse 12, Tom Rainey's Combobulated attests to the genius of three of the leading innovative music makers on the scene today. Rainey's collaborative music with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson offer up sound explosions and introspections that unzip and ...

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Philipp Zoubek: Outside

Read "Outside" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Inciso a Colonia nel dicembre 2017, questo album vede il quarantenne pianista austriaco Philip Zoubek, collaboratore fra gli altri di Paul Lytton, Frank Gratkowski, Ernst Glerum ed Herb Robertson, misurarsi con la prediletta formula del trio, nello specifico affiancato dal bassista tedesco David Helm e dal batterista elvetico Dominik Mahnig.

Come principali punti di ...

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Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: Time Like This

Read "Time Like This" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassist Michael Formanek has become a major presence on the NYC scene over the last decade, both as a forward-looking bandleader and a sideman. His two small-group offerings, The Rub And Spare Change (2010) and Small Places (2012), both on ECM, were justly feted and lead to the acclaimed big-band set The Distance (2016) by his ...

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Don Byron / Aruan Ortiz: Random Dances And (A)tonalities

Read "Random Dances And (A)tonalities" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Aruan Ortiz is a Cuban-born pianist who has worked with a number of progressive jazz luminaries including William Parker, Oliver Lake and Nicole Mitchell. Here he performs a program with clarinetist Don Byron which touches on a wide spectrum of music from J. S. Bach's formal beauty to Duke Ellington's crafty blues.

The two ...