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Noah Preminger, Alexa Tarantino, Dave Douglas & More

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A mix of new releases this week, with music from Noah Preminger, Alexa Tarantino, Anthony Shadduck, Dan Phillips and Dave Douglas, plus some classic Thelonious Monk and other recent releases.

Playlist Noah Preminger “World of Twelve Faces" from After Life (Criss Cross) 00:00 Anthony Shadduck “The Story of Maryam" from Quartet & Double Quartet ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Schlarb: Psychic Temples

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Truck driver, husband, father, and law-abiding citizen by day, Chris Schlarb presumably dons a cape at other moments that transforms him, if not quite into the savior of creative music, at the very least into the creator of other-worldly sounds of singular vision and exceptional beauty. Guitarist, composer, and founder of independent record label Sounds Are ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ross Hammond: Holding onto the Wave

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Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond has been steadily gaining attention, courtesy of a tireless performing schedule reinforced and documented by a series of diverse albums issued on his own Prescott Recordings imprint. Hammond's releases have featured a variety of instrumental lineups, ranging from lyrical solo recitals to frenetic collective improvisations. His most recent endeavor is Cathedrals (Prescott ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ross Hammond Quartet: Adored

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Adored is the debut of Sacramento-based guitarist Ross Hammond's Quartet. Although Hammond's previous recordings have featured an array of configurations (ranging from solo recitals to spontaneous improvisations with various West Coast peers), this date is among the most impressive in his growing discography. For the first time, the relatively young guitarist leads an all-star quartet of ...

Steuart Liebig

Read "Steuart Liebig" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questi sono i dieci dischi che sto ascoltando nelle ultime due settimane e come sempre in questo tipo di cose, si tratta di un'istantanea. Un mese fa avrebbero potuto esserci i box Mosaic di Braxton e Threadgill, i lavori orchestrali di Robert Schumann e quelli neoclassici di Stravinsky, i canti bizantini, i Boards of Canada, Snoop Dogg, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steuart Liebig / The Mentones: Angel City Dust

Read "Angel City Dust" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Angel City Dust marks the third outing for bassist Steuart Liebig's largely aggressive and rowdy quartet, where progressive and avant-garde jazz uncannily coexist with high-impact blues-rock. Nevertheless, the musicians can lay claim to a deviating, multi-genre outlook that is morphed into a singular sound, partly due to chromatic harmonica ace Bill Barrett's frontline work with alto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steuart Liebig Tee-Tot Quartet: Always Outnumbered

Read "Always Outnumbered" reviewed by Troy Collins

A Post-Modern Renaissance Man, West Coast bassist Steuart Liebig is a classically trained composer with numerous pieces to his credit, from orchestral scores to works for unaccompanied contrabassguitar. Liebig calls upon myriad sources as inspiration for his varied projects, from his formative experiences in blues and rock bands to early sideman gigs with soul jazz pianist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steuart Liebig: Mentone Mentor Merges into the Fast Lane

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On July 27th, LA new music mainstay Steuart Liebig curated a Cryptonight in Culver City dedicated to showcasing several of his many diverse compositional creations under the rubric, Steuart Liebig Concerto Night/ 50th Birthday Megalomania. Co-celebrants and performers included the southland A-List: woodwind multi-instrumentalists Vinny Golia and Andrew Pask, guitarist Nels Cline, trumpeter Jeff Kaiser, bassoonist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steuart Liebig / Stigtette: Delta

Read "Delta" reviewed by John Kelman

While he's experimented with larger ensembles on albums like Pomegranate (Cryptogramophone, 2001), contrabassguitarist Steuart Liebig tends to favour the more intimate context of the quartet. But his groups have been anything but conventional, with his three Quartetto Stig albums featuring violin, trumpet, contrabassguitar, and drums, and last year's Quicksilver (pfMentum) a combination of flute, violin, contrabassguitar, ...

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Steuart Liebig/Minim: Quicksilver

Read "Quicksilver" reviewed by John Kelman

Finding a meeting place between contemporary chamber composition and improvisation can be a challenge. All too often artists who spend their time in the more rigid confines of the classical world fail as improvisers, because they work most commonly with formal structure, where expression is defined in terms of subtle nuances in dynamics and phrasing. Pure ...