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Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Questo CD del nuovo quartetto Ibid, anomalo nel coniugare tre fiati e una batteria, rappresenta l'ultimo approdo dell'onnivoro Andy Biskin, nato in Texas, formatosi alla Yale University e con molte esperienze nel suo bagaglio musicale. Si percepiscono echi del passato nel percorso movimentato di Act Necessary; evidentemente Biskin appartiene a quella schiera di artisti che non ...

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Andy Biskin's Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A working jazz musician in New York City and environs since 1991, clarinetist, composer, and filmmaker Andy Biskin is a modern-day Renaissance Man. The Texas native was already a fixture in San Antonio's polka scene (yes, people, this is a thing) as a teenager, Biskin attended Yale where he double-majored in music and anthropology. Later, he ...

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Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary

Read "Act Necessary" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Act Necessary is clarinetist-composer Andy Biskin's fifth album, where he integrates the jazz idiom into Americana, slapstick fare, funk and other disparate genres. He's an artist who stands out among his peers as he goes against the grain, while always mingling wit and whimsy into his overall musicality. Biskin's amiable and bubbly clarinet work forges an ...

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The Spokes: Not So Fast

Read "Not So Fast" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Composto da tre navigati ed eclettici musicisti dell'area newyorchese, il trio The Spokes fonda il proprio appeal su numerose originali particolarità, la prima delle quali emerge fin dall'organico: tre fiati non frequentemente affiancati, per giunta apparentemente sbilanciati timbricamente, con due ance “alte" accanto a un ottone “basso". Analoga la “tensione" che emerge dalle composizioni, caratterizzate da una dominante cameristica ...

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Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before

Read "Those Moments Before" reviewed by Troy Collins

The cover of Those Moments Before features a poster of Marlene Dietrich advertising Josef von Sternberg's 1931 film Dishonored. While this album--New York-based multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff's third as a leader--isn't a soundtrack like the earlier Barcelona in 48 Hours (Strudelmedia, 2004) was, this date unfolds with the same degree of wild eclecticism and globe-trotting impetuousness as ...

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Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before

Read "Those Moments Before" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff brings a wide tapestry of sounds to Those Moments Before. His inspiration comes from Henry Threadgill, a funeral march, the tango, and Hong Kong movies, and he has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to help realize his ambitious canvas. The portrait he presents is a dynamic, moving one.

Ratliff is ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster" reviewed by George Kanzler

Stephen Foster was America's first pop songwriter, his music widely sung and played, as well as reproduced on music boxes (this album begins and ends with examples) in the last half of the 19th Century. But Foster is not the only uniquely American musician clarinetist Andy Biskin takes inspiration from in this idiosyncratic album.

The spirit ...

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Andy Biskin: Trio Tragico

Read "Trio Tragico" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Andy Biskin spins a musical tragicomedy on Trio Tragico. With Dave Ballou (trumpet) and Drew Gress (bass), he presents a melancholic but discretely jovial blend of chamber music and exciting new rhythms.

The clarinetist's live set at Cornelia Street Café in early October captured the electricity of the trio. The improvisational bits of ...

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Andy Biskin Quartet: Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster

Read "Early American: The Melodies of Stephen Foster" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Clarinettista atipico, assai poco assimilabile ad altri illustri conterranei come Don Byron o Chris Speed per citarne alcuni, Andy Biskin si colloca in una sorta di terra di nessuno, un piede nel cosiddetto jazz creativo e l’altro nel solco di tutto ciò che è tradizione storia, cultura e radici americane. Con questo Early American - The Melodies of Stephen ...

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Andy Biskin: Trio Tragico

Read "Trio Tragico" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Delude questo Trio Tragico. C’erano almeno tre motivi che portavano ad attendere un album di ben altra fattura e caratura. La strumentazione atipica, tromba clarinetto e contrabbasso, faceva intravedere combinazioni timbriche avvincenti e ricche di sfumature. Al contrario il clima generale del disco rasenta la monotonia se non addirittura la noia, con rarissimi scarti timbrici ed un uso minimo delle ...