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Bridges With Seamus Blake: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The follow-up to Bridges' eponymous debut album (AMP Music & Records, 2016) is no less spectacular an affair. It sports the same line-up as before with the exception of Jesper Bodilsen now taking over bass duties from Ole Morten Vågan. Once again Seamus Blake leads this group of Norway-based musicians to great success. Not a lot ...

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Stafford Hunter: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Stafford Hunter is known as a trombonist who grew out of the modern paradigm set by Steve Turre. He also shares a unique quality with Turre, in that he is an expert player of conch shells in the jazz idiom, joining him in the ensemble, Steve Turre and Sanctified Shells.

While this tie with ...

Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Nik Bärtsch, pianista svizzero famoso ai più per le sue gesta con i Ronin, torna alla ribalta con un nuovo album che, semmai ce ne fosse ancora bisogno, ne conferma il talento e il genio creativo.

Qui è a capo dell'ensemble acustico Mobile, che per l'occasione si esibisce in una formazione allargata includendo ...

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Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The timing couldn't have been better. Following up on the stunning double-CD live outing, Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Live (ECM, 2012), Bärtsch returns with his acoustic group, Mobile, for Continuum. With clarinetist Sha and drummer Kaspar Rast crossing over from Ronin, a new addition, Nicolas Stocker, on drums and percussion completes the core quartet. A string quintet ...

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David Virelles: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Afro-Cuban connection is slightly transformed on nascent pianist David Virelles' inspirational trio set, featuring modern jazz luminaries, bassist Ben Street and drummer Andrew Cyrille. With his second solo outing and first for PI Recordings, the pianist has quickly surged to the forefront since migrating from Cuba to Canada, supporting distinguished saxophonist Jane Bunnett and receiving ...

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David Virelles: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist David Virelles adopts an unusual strategy for his second album and first on Pi Recordings. Eschewing the piano pyrotechnics which illuminated his debut, Motion (Justin Time, 2008), he opts for an exploration of Cuban folklore and its manifestation through poetry, storytelling and art. Inspired by Afro-Cuban religious practice, Virelles has created a set of episodic ...

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Eric McPherson: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Jim Santella

Drummer Eric McPherson leads a creative ensemble on this eclectic program for the free transmission of ideas. He's grown out of deep experience with the late legends Jackie McLean and Andrew Hill. Tradition remains intact as his ensemble interprets pieces by the former and bassist Richard Davis, while several original compositions power the drummer and his ...

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George Graewe / Ernst Reijseger / Gerry Hemingway: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Marc Medwin

This trio of pianist Georg Graewe, cellist Ernst Reijseger and percussionist Gerry Hemingway was an active aggregate in the early '90s. They slowed down towards the end of the decade and, prior to this album, had not released anything since 1999. Graewe's pianism is as protean as it is beautiful, and he does much to make ...

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Continuum: Act One

Read "Act One" reviewed by Jon Opstad

The first thing to notice about this album, which consists of eight studio tracks recorded in Paris and one live track, is the lineup. Any recording putting together a sextet of this calibre is worth a listen and the results here certainly do not disappoint.

There is very much a feel of collaboration to ...

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Sonny Fortune: Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

For those that only know Sonny Fortune through his work with the Three Altos or his duo with Rashied Ali, his new self-released album Continuum will present a very different musician. The aforementioned groups feature Fortune solely on alto and as a firebreather playing on standards. Not that there is anything wrong with that (a set ...