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Brian Haas / Matt Chamberlain: Frames

Read "Frames" reviewed by Chris May

It is not often an album confounds expectations to the degree that Frames does. And confounds them not just once but twice.

The first expectation arises from the players' histories. Brian Haas is best known for his work with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the spectacularly trans-genre band which the pianist co-founded twenty years ago. ...

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Mike Dillon: Rhythm Method

Read "Mike Dillon: Rhythm Method" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Percussionist/vibraphonist/bandleader Mike Dillon's music defies easy categorization. It's been called “punk jazz," a term that describes working methods--do it yourself, find your own voice--more than actual sounds.

Dillon sports a wide-ranging musical résumé. He has led or has been a member of outfits such as Critters Buggin, Les Claypool's Fancy Band, The Dead Kenny G's, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Critters Buggin: Stampede

Read "Stampede" reviewed by Chris May

Warning! This isn't jazz. Not according to the rule book anyway. (So if you're reading, Stanley, better hit the back button now.) According to Critters Buggin, Stampede --the first album from the Seattle-based quartet in five years--is a mix of “jazz, dub, funk, punk and electronic junk."

Verily, it is all those things and ...