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Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal: Hide Ye Idols

Read "Hide Ye Idols" reviewed by Troy Collins

Forward-thinking drummer Vinnie Sperrazza has proven to be an exceptionally creative and magnanimous bandleader; Hide Ye Idols expands well beyond the imaginative inroads made on Apocryphal, his impressive 2014 debut for Loyal Label. Conveying a distinctive group sound, the original lineup featured on his first album--alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Brandon Seabrook, and bassist Eivind Opsvik--returns, ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

Read "Overseas V" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like his first four Overseas albums, Eivind Opsvik's Overseas V defies conventional descriptions. The New York resident, of Norwegian roots, has developed a peculiar style that marries experimental avant-garde with the folkloric traditions of the North Country. This had been particularly evident on IV when Brandon Seabrook's mandolin and Jacob Sacks' harpsichord meet up with Tony ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

Read "Overseas V" reviewed by Troy Collins

Norwegian-born bassist Eivind Opsvik has been a mainstay of the Downtown scene since his relocation to New York over two decades ago. Starting in 2003, he began issuing a series of sequentially numbered instrumental albums under the banner Overseas, which have featured some of Gotham's finest musicians. Bolstered by the improvisational mettle of his longstanding bandmates, ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas V

Read "Overseas V" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Quinto capitolo per il progetto Overseas di Eivind Opsvik, gruppo ad assetto variabile che il bassista, norvegese di nascita ma da anni residente a New York, ha utilizzato a partire dal 2002 per documentare il proprio percorso artistico. Dal 2005 Overseas si è attestato attorno al nucleo formato da Opsvik e Jacob Sacks (piano e tastiere) ...

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Eliot Cardinaux: American Thicket

Read "American Thicket" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Fra composizione (anche poetica) e libera improvvisazione, il giovane pianista (e poeta, appunto) Eliot Cardinaux si affida alle cure, fra gli altri, di un musicista decisamente avvezzo a contesti del genere come Mat Maneri per realizzare questo che è il primo album interamente a suo nome (l'incisione risale all'aprile 2014).

In realtà l'operazione ...

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Vinnie Sperrazza: Apocryphal

Read "Apocryphal" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Batterista piuttosto indaffarato, richiesto e apprezzato da molti musicisti, co-leader dei 40Twenty con Jacob Sacks, Vinnie Sperrazza debutta da solista con un gran album. Bastano i primi tre minuti di Apocryphal per intuire che questo sarà un disco ad alto tasso di interesse, giocato sui contrasti, sintonizzato su frequenze spesso disturbate che allertano continuamente le antenne ...

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Vinnie Sperrazza: Apocryphal

Read "Vinnie Sperrazza: Apocryphal" reviewed by Dave Wayne

An understated but highly-skilled and insanely versatile drummer in the vein of Kenny Wolleson, Jeff Hirshfield, and Paul Motian, Vinnie Sperrazza has been turning up on all sorts of interesting recordings over the past half-decade or so. Co-leader of 40Twenty with Jacob Sacks, Jacob Garchik, and Dave Ambrosio, Sperrazza is also in a trio with Sacks ...

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Karokh: Karokh

Read "Karokh" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Karokh is the name of new Norwegian experimental rock band featuring unique vocalist Ina Sagstuen from the anarchistic outfit Skadedyr, guitarist Christian Winther, bassist Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard and drummer Jan Martin Gismervik. All three form trio experimental-improvising Monkey Plot. (Winther and Nergaard also play together in Ich Bin N!ntendo, trumpeter Thomas Husmo Litleskare, who leads his ...

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Eivind Opsvik: Overseas IV

Read "Overseas IV" reviewed by Troy Collins

For the past decade, Norwegian-born, New York-based bassist Eivind Opsvik has been leading his venerable Overseas ensemble through a variety of musical terrain, first heard on their self-titled 2003 Fresh Sound New Talent debut. Overseas IV, the second Overseas album to be released on Opsvik's own Loyal Label, features a stripped-down version of the original line-up, ...

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Seabrook Power Plant: Seabrook Power Plant II

Read "Seabrook Power Plant II" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il banjo elettrificato della centrale nucleare di Seabrook nel New Hampshire (Stati Uniti) ha colpito ancora. Il secondo capitolo dei Seabrook Power Plant, power trio di Brooklyn capitanato da Brandon Seabrook, virtuoso del banjo a corde e di quello tenore a 4 corde, è infatti un altro pugno allo stomaco (il primo omonimo e altrettanto esplosivo album risale al ...