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Eraldo Bernocchi: Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It

Read "Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It" reviewed by John Ephland

RareNoise is one of those labels, one of those rare (no pun intended) labels, where format and style have become irrelevant. A recent sampling of the soon-to-be historic label should suffice in telling their ongoing musical odyssey. Pit one against the other: 2018's Anguish, featuring among others, Nordic phenom Mats Gustafsson in a wild-haired hoedown of ...

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Chat Noir: Nine Thoughts For One Word

Read "Nine Thoughts For One Word" reviewed by John Ephland

There's something about RareNoise Records that keeps you on your toes. Listen to any title side by side, and you're likely to end up scratching your head, if not enjoying a gentle smile or subtle rhapsody. Okay, some of the music can be scabrous, perhaps unlistenable. But guess what? It all fits under the RN moniker, ...

The Inner Spectrum of Variables

Read "The Inner Spectrum of Variables" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Ok, proviamoci. Proviamo a parlare di questo disco uscendo dalle convenzioni che di solito si adottano quando ci si pone di fronte a un percorso musicale come quello di Tyshawn Sorey.

Sorey non dovrebbe avere bisogno di troppe presentazioni. Oddio, magari in un'Italia del jazz mediamente poco curiosa di quello che sta oltre ...

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The Pitch: Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam)

Read "Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam) is an appropriate moniker for these two works performed live at an Amsterdam venue by the core Berlin-based quartet The Pitch, with assistance from a combination of six woodwinds and strings performers. With inadvertent semblances to minimalist composer Morton Feldman, the music is largely about ever-so-subtle shifts in sound design and pitch. As ...

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Blue Touch Paper: Drawing Breath

Read "Blue Touch Paper: Drawing Breath" reviewed by John Kelman

It's difficult enough for an artist or group to deliver their sophomore effort, but it's even more of a challenge when their debut is as strong as Blue Touch Paper's surprising Stand Well Back (Provocateur, 2011). Blue Touch Paper is the brainchild of British keyboardist/composer Colin Towns, who has already garnered plenty of acclaim for his ...

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Jan Bang: Narrative From The Subtropics

Read "Jan Bang: Narrative From The Subtropics" reviewed by Henning Bolte

For Norwegian electronic musician Jan Bang, the studio is no longer a perfectly isolated space to assemble and produce fictitious beautiful sounds--a boundary he has long since transcended. He not only brought studio equipment and techniques to the performing stage but he also started using them as tools in live improvisation. Together with fellow musician and ...

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Aleksandar Pejovski: Um Zaum

Read "Um Zaum" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Can greatness be anonymous? In the case of composer/pianist Aleksandar Pejovski, and many before him, it certainly can. Unknown to the general public except for certain musicians' circles, he has been quietly releasing “Do It Yourself" (DIY) recordings of either contemporary classical music, filled with intriguing ambiances and sparkling ideas, or jazz compositions that manage to ...

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1982 + BJ Cole: 1982 + BJ Cole

Read "1982 + BJ Cole" reviewed by John Kelman

With musical cross-pollination the norm, it's not just about pan-cultural blending; it's just as much about finding ways to blend the contemporary and the antiquated. Since inception, 1982 has combined instruments from across the centuries--harmonium, hardanger fiddle and drum set--wonderfully blending Norwegian traditionalism, millennium-spanning classicism and modernistic free improvisation on its self-titled, 2010 NORCD debut. If ...

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Niels Lyhne Lokkegaard: Vesper

Read "Vesper" reviewed by John Kelman

While people debate the recent re-emergence of vinyl as not just a viable hard media for music, but a better one sonically, few can argue the beauty of experiencing cover art, expanded from the 5"x5" limitation of a CD cover, to the glorious, now almost larger than life beauty of a 12"x12" long-player sleeve. If cover ...

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Matthew Bourne: Montauk Variations

Read "Montauk Variations" reviewed by John Kelman

Still on the shy side of 40, British pianist Matthew Bourne has accomplished more, in a relatively short time, than many do in a lifetime. Bourne has leaned farther to the left for most of his career, experimenting in both acoustic and electric environs with a free-thinking approach informed, to some extent, by Annette Peacock, that ...