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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows

Read "Oceans of Vows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Un lavoro singolare e affascinante. Grazie a un finanziamento della Shifting Foundation Alex Cline ha scritto e registrato un'ambiziosa suite, che si presenta in un doppio compact di raffinata eleganza. Due ore di musica ispirate all'Avatamsaka Sutra (in inglese Flower Garland Sutra), uno dei massimi testi della tradizione buddhista e a versi del monaco vietnamita Thich ...

Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows

Read "Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite being a key participant in the “Left Coast" scene of more avant-leaning music from the American west coast--in particular, part of the Cryptogramophone imprint that, while less active than in its “glory days" during the first years of the new millennium--Alex Cline releases so infrequently as a leader that any new music from the percussionist/composer ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ruth Price: LA's Jazz Jewel Keeping the Jazz Bakery Alive

Read "Ruth Price: LA's Jazz Jewel Keeping the Jazz Bakery Alive" reviewed by Chuck Koton

The LA jazz scene has endured immeasurably painful blows over the years, from the post-World War II death of the once vibrant action on Central Ave (unequivocably among jazz history's most significant locales) to the more recent shuttering of memorable clubs like Shelly's Manne Hole, Donte's and, most recently, Charlie Os. Intrepid jazz entrepreneur Rocco Somazzi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Gauthier Goatette: Open Source

Read "Open Source" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il Goatette di Jeff Gauthier è una delle formazioni più interessanti che operano nella West Coast americana, spostandosi senza soluzione di continuità fra un jazz molto spiritato e il rock progressivo più denso. Una sorta di Mahavishnu Orchestra diretta dal violinista invece che dal chitarrista. Rispetto alle prove precedenti abbiamo l'inserimento della tromba di John Fumo, che dopo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Berne-Black-Cline: The Veil

Read "The Veil" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Fulton Street Maul (CBS, 1987) rimane tuttora uno dei lavori fondamentali della discografia di Tim Berne. Per il bruciante finale di “Icicles Revisited," affidato a Bill Frisell e Alex Cline, il sassofonista diede ai partner queste semplici indicazioni: “Fate finta di dover prendere l'aereo e di stare per perderlo". In uno stacco di una decina di secondi, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: Open Source

Read "Open Source" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Open Source would have made a good alternative name for violinist Jeff Gauthier's ensemble, as it draws inspiration from myriad sources. Goatette continues its near twenty-year journey into territory ranging from avant-garde and sci-fi soundscapes, and deep funk grooves colored by searing electric guitar, to an altogether more pastoral melodicism reminiscent of the Mahavishnu Orchestra at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: Open Source

Read "Open Source" reviewed by John Kelman

When two-thirds of a group has “effects" in their instrumental credits, it's a safe bet this ain't your granddaddy's jazz. When it's violinist Jeff Gauthier's Goatette, punctuating the quirky theme in the first moments of “40 Lashes (With Mascara)" with thundering drums and high-octane power chords, it's clear that Open Source is going to make plenty ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Berne / Jim Black / Nels Cline: The Veil

Read "The Veil" reviewed by Troy Collins

Recorded live at The Stone in New York City on a sweltering July evening in 2009, The Veil is the debut of BB&C (also known as The Sons of Champignon), an acronym for alto saxophonist Tim Berne, drummer Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline--veteran improvisers with a long history of collaboration. Cline first recorded with Berne ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Dirty Baby

Read "Dirty Baby" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nels Cline è da molti anni una delle voci più interessanti emerse dal mondo della musica Americana. Lo è come chitarrista, ammirato e stimato da molti suoi colleghi. Lo è come musicista a tutto tondo, autore di progetti sempre carichi di suggestioni, sorprese e spunti. L'ingresso nel gruppo Wilco non sembra averlo distolto più di tanto dalle sue altre mille avventure ...