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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A Sense of Place

Read "A Sense of Place" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Music itself may be universal, but the circumstances of its birthplace (or places) so often aren't. Overt or otherwise, it can be fascinating how those factors don't just shape a recording, but become vital elements in themselves.

Yukari
Synchronic
QFTF
2017

There's no place like home ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lena Bloch & Feathery: Heart Knows

Read "Heart Knows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Lena Bloch mocks the “sophomore jinx" myth with her second CD release, Heart Knows. The tenor saxophonist's debut, Feathery, drew a good deal of well-deserved praise. With her saxophone intertwined with a responsive guitar/bass/drums rhythm section, Bloch paid tribute--in part--to pianist Lennie Tristano, via her relationship with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. On Heart Knows, Bloch moves ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeong Lim Yang: Déjà Vu

Read "Déjà Vu" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On her excellent debut record, Déjà Vu, bassist Jeong Lim Yang proves that there's more than one way to make a first impression on a listener. Rather than taking the obvious route with up-tempo workouts or deviously complex compositions, Yang is content to carve out plenty of open space for her music to breathe. Her graceful ...

Jamie Reynolds: Grey Mirror

Read "Grey Mirror" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New York-based pianist Jamie Reynolds set himself up with the challenge of conveying the realities of certain emotions musically. The result is Grey Mirror, a piano trio enhanced by the contributions of guitarist Matthew Stevens and The Westerlies, a two trumpet, two trombone quartet.

Reynolds proves himself a fine conceptualist, with some tunes featuring ...

Deep Tone Project: Onward

Read "Onward" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Another fine collection of contemporary jazz from the Ukrainian collective band Deep Tone Project. The personnel is unchanged from their first album Flow (Fancy Music, 2014). But the compositional input is even more democratic. Previously split between guitarist Aleksandr Pavlov and bassist Konstantin Ionenko, this time a third of the tunes come from the pen of ...

Jason Rigby Detroit-Cleveland Trio: One

Read "One" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The stimulating One is saxophonist Jason Rigby's third release as a leader and the most accomplished addition to Rigby's discography. The sparse trio setting and the intimate ambience allow Rigby to showcase his multifaceted compositions and his superb improvisational skills. They also demonstrate the sublime synergy among the band members as well as Rigby's command of ...

Shawn Baltazor: Lionsong

Read "Lionsong" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

It's difficult to resist the temptation to praise Shawn Baltazor's startling, diverse, incisive, multifaceted drumming at the expense of his equally impressive abilities as a composer and bandleader. Baltazor is one of the legions of young, gifted New York City area artists whose catholic tastes in music are transformed into idiosyncratic, open-ended methodologies, which ultimately engender ...

Jason Rigby: Detroit-Cleveland Trio: One

Read "One" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The saxophone/bass/drums format has its challenge: the lack of a harmonic instrument to add depth and structure to the sound. Sonny Rollins put out a classic of the form: A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1958). But he's Sonny Rollins, and all the other saxophonist aren't. Same thing with Ornette Coleman and his two ...

Alessandro Fadini: A Dark and Stormy Day

Read "A Dark and Stormy Day" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Amongst the firehose-like blast of CDs and downloads aimed at me last summer was A Dark and Stormy Day, the debut album by Italian-born pianist and composer Alessandro Fadini. A new name to me, Fadini was educated to be a mathematician and is apparently self-taught on piano. Don't let that fool you, though. A protégé of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stream: Second Stream

Read "Second Stream" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It is always a pleasure to hear a working band. Not a one-off meeting, or an all-star project hastily thrown together, both of which often promise more than they deliver--but a genuine team of musicians committed to a shared musical vision, one that can be honed and refined over the long course of a true collaborative ...


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