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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

MaiGroup: Metamorphosis

Read "Metamorphosis" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Metamorphosis, a word of Greek derivation, describes the dramatic change of physical form that occurs when, for example, a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Estonian jazz bassist Mai Leisz (pronounced Lease) uses it to describe her own psychological transformation “as a person and as a musician, from a girl to a woman, from a music student to ...

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Danielle Friedman: School of Fish

Read "School of Fish" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's taken a while to review School of Fish, the very engaging debut by pianist Danielle Friedman because it's so easy to get carried away by the imaginative leaps and bounds she and her trio take in pursuit of her musical wanderlust. So you listen. Then listen again. And again.

Written entirely by the ...

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Danielle Friedman Trio: School of Fish

Read "School of Fish" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Danielle Friedman is an Israeli-born, Germany-based pianist who offers up her debut recording with School Of Fish. Some musicians take a handful of recordings to find their voice. Friedman and her trio--with bassist Aron Caceres and drummer David Jimenez--have done it coming out of the gate.

The album kicks off with “Shalom Ani Danielle," ...

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Gordon Hyland: NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//

Read "NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

\\livingfossil// is the most recent brainchild of Canadian saxophonist Gordon Hyland. The Toronto-based musician and composer continues to release his versatile compositions in a multitude of formations of various different names, such as the acoustic saxophone trio Simple Shapes or the progressive-electronic project Ninja Funk Orchestra. Members of the latter are reunited with Hyland on his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew Kushnir: Influences

Read "Influences" reviewed by Don Phipps

Judging from the album cover, a coffee-filled cup on a drum, one might anticipate that drummer Andrew Kushnir's debut album, Influences, would be a hard charging affair. And Kushnir and his trio (Ryan Slatko on piano and Rick Rosato on bass) do not disappoint. The trio offers up some head-bobbing jazz at its finest.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gordon Hyland: NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//

Read "NEVER DIE! by \\livingfossil//" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The debut disc Never Die, by the Toronto-based collective, \\living fossil//, opens with a reverberant industrial hum, a droning metallic guitar sound that announces a distinctive and compelling group aesthetic. Saxophonist Gordon Hyland is the ringleader, though that isn't not apparent from listening. He and his cohorts have created a distinctive approach of echoing saxophone--sometimes two ...

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Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Read "The Other Side of Time" reviewed by Kevin Press

Albums that clock in at anything near 90 minutes are not automatically major works. On the other hand, this new effort from Quin Kirchner and Co. is hard to describe in any other terms. Kirchner's six-piece band has delivered a wide-ranging, powerful disc.

Things get rolling with the appropriately titled “Ritual." From the start, ...

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Greg Sinibaldi: Ariel

Read "Ariel" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Sylvia Plath's chilling second book of poetry, “Ariel," published posthumously in 1965, revealed evocative free flowing images, and minacious psychic landscapes exuding hope while hovering on the precipice of darkness. With his new release, Ariel, Seattle based saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi explores the inner and outer reaches of Plath's work by convening a trio with guitarist Ryan ...

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Eli Bennett: Breakthrough

Read "Breakthrough" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Checking out up-and-coming tenor saxophonists is often akin to checking out strong man competitions: In both cases you often have strapping and stentorian figures going through their routine(s) while trying to impress by bulldozing through anything in their path. These types of musical displays are often awe-inspiring, whether observed live or on record, and a good ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Doug Collette's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Doug Collette's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's great to be able to pick and choose from an overflowing roster of great titles, then relive the pleasure of discovery from the past twelve months.

The Brad Mehldau Trio

Ode

Nonesuch Records

The pianist's trio offers its perspective on the world around us by filtering it through its original ...