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Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss

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Michael Vlatkovich è un trombonista e compositore di St. Louis attivo dal 1973 a Los Angeles, parte di quella nicchia sperimentale presente dagli anni cinquanta nella West Coast. È membro regolare del Vinny Golia Large Ensemble e del Rob Blakeslee Quartet ma collabora anche con artisti di varie tendenze espressive: Bobby Bradford e Gerry Hemingway ma ...

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Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra: Furiously Dreaming

Read "Furiously Dreaming" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Sprawling. Massive. Unapologetically ambitious. All over the musical map. But, somehow, not excessive. Furiously Dreaming is a two-CD set by percussionist / composer / musical visionary Nathan Hubbard and his 50-member (for this recording) Skeleton Key Orchestra. The leader or co-leader of a dozen or so different small ensembles playing everything from modern jazz to contemporary ...

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Here & Here & Here: Here & Here & Here

Read "Here & Here & Here" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ci sono diversi elementi propri della musica di Michael Vlatkovich (la pienezza, per esempio, peraltro qui quanto mai stemperata, riflessiva, a tratti quasi assorta) così come abbiamo imparato a conoscerli nei numerosi album da lui pubblicati in tempi recenti, ma c'è molto anche dei suoi partner, in questo lavoro inciso a Los Angeles a inizio 2014. ...

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Vlatkovich Tryyo: Pershing Woman

Read "Pershing Woman" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Southern California-based trombonist Michael Vlatkovich leads a power-packed trio, captured live at a Michigan venue. The trombonist is firmly entrenched in the region's avant-garde and progressive jazz loop, alongside cohorts such as multi-reedman Vinny Golia, pfMentum Records proprietor and trumpeter Jeff Kaiser and other notables. Here, the trio generates a lot of positive hoopla and excitement ...

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Michael Vlatkovich Ensemblio: An Autobiography of a Pronoun

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Michael Vlatkovich è uno dei talenti più fulgidi della musica creativa della West Coast per l'ampiezza di vedute, per la sua curiosità che travalica i generi, per le qualità di strumentista, compositore e arrangiatore, per le svariate e stimolanti collaborazioni eccellenti, per la valenza artistica delle sue registrazioni. An Autobiography of a Pronoun non fa eccezione. Anzi è forse il ...

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Christian McBride: Knocking on the Door

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Christian McBride was talking about the Grammy he received in October, 2011 for his big band album, The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue, 2011)--his first Grammy as a leader and third overall. While the bassist certainly appreciated getting the nod from his peers and from the Recording Academy, he said he gets just as much of a ...

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Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011

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Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble
Dizzy's
San Diego, CA
June 2, 2011

Saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson--whose dual release of The Two Faces Of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), and Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed, 2010), put him on the map of wider recognition--finally made his impending departure from San Diego official with this farewell concert, held at ...

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Jeff Kaiser / Kronomorphic / Keneally-Minnemann-Beller: San Diego, March 11, 2011

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Jeff Kaiser / Kronomorphic / Keneally/Minnemann/Beller
Porter's Pub, UCSD
San Diego, CA
March 11, 2011

The Friday, March 11 show at Porter's Pub, organized by UCSD promoter Brian Ross, was a wild, kaleidoscopic affair. Featuring two Southern California-based creative improvising exponents with a rock-fusion headliner represented a certain degree of risk: would the ...

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Eclectic electric jazz comes of age

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Back in the 1980s, the marriage of jazz and electronics produced the unfortunate, creativity destroying “jazz fusion" genre. That was because drum machines, synthesizer produced horn lines and computer generated hand claps were often too perfect. A sort of “sanitized for your protection" version of motel drinking glasses. Think about the then innovative trumpeter Miles Davis' ...

Mark O'Leary: Plucking the Flower

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Irish guitarist Mark O'Leary emerged on the global improvised music scene in the last few years, pushing his bold vision and broad scope of musicality through constantly-changing collaborations. O'Leary can cross easily between genres, from progressive, synth-laden rock and seventies fusion to free jazz and abstract soundscapes.

The guitarist's encyclopedic interests and remarkable ...