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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Every year, the task of picking the best releases seems to be quite an onerous assignment. This year was especially difficult because, of the four hundred or so discs I listened to, many kept resurfacing for more attention. As I write, I haven't yet spun the new (yes, new) releases by Albert Ayler (Stockholm, Berlin 1966 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Riptide

Read "Riptide" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Over the past 25 years, the lineup of drummer/percussionist Gerry Hemingway's quintet might have changed, but his central organizing concepts have remained constant. Like a working dog, specifically a shepherd, he always seems to be organizing chaos and safeguarding melody. Well, that is, when he isn't inciting the tumult.

The most recent variation of his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Demon Chaser

Read "Demon Chaser" reviewed by Troy Collins

Demon Chaser, which documents a live concert recorded at Ottenbrucher Bahnhof in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany on March 2nd, 1993, stands tall in drummer Gerry Hemingway's discography as one of the finest achievements of his celebrated transatlantic quintet. This is its second printing.

Synchronous with the dissolution of the classic Anthony Braxton quartet of the late ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Double Blues Crossing

Read "Double Blues Crossing" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Pensato nel 2000, scritto nel 2002, messo in produzione nel 2003, riverificato nel 2004, stampato nel 2005 e finalmente dalle parti delle nostre distribuzioni nel 2006. Double Blues Crossing propone un entusiasmante quintetto diretto dal batterista statunitense Gerry Hemingway e ricco degli aiuti del clarinettista berlinese Franck Gratkowski, del trombonista Wolter Wierbos, del violoncello di Amit ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Double Blues Crossing

Read "Double Blues Crossing" reviewed by John Eyles

If Gerry Hemingway's other 2005 release, The Whimbler--with his current quartet--presented a surprisingly straight-ahead facet of his music, this quintet album is far more intriguing and, well, strange. Opening to the (sampled) sounds of old-time fiddle-driven folk music, the seven-part title suite sounds like the soundtrack to some yet-to-be-made movie. In his sleeve notes, Hemingway even ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gerry Hemingway Quintet: Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart

Read "Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Waltzes, Two-Steps & Other Matters of the Heart is the final recording from the “Gerry Hemingway Quintet” which was perhaps among the finest and most prolific modern or “new” jazz groups of the 90’s. The music represented here is culled from the band’s European and somewhat grueling 1996 tour.

The set opens with “Waltz in Seven” ...