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Catching Up With e.s.t.'s Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom

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The tragic death of pianist Esbjörn Svensson in the summer of 2008 brought to a close the 12-year run of one of the most prolific and brilliant piano trios in recent years. The enigmatically hypnotic tapestries that the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (which came to be known as e.s.t.) wove simultaneously eschewed and venerated the jazz tradition. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Ballard: A Life In Music

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For some jazz musicians, it seems as though they explode onto the scene virtually from the first day they pick up their instrument, and then proceed to land a huge name gig and the rest is history (or they are, after their 15 minutes). Other musicians spend a lifetime building and honing their craft. One gig ...

Rashanim: Masada Anniversary Edition Vol. 5: Masada Rock

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John Zorn's groundbreaking Masada outfits have been successfully expanding their own unique realm of klezmer-infused jazz and improvisational music for more than ten years. To celebrate, Zorn's own Tzadik label has released five tenth anniversary CDs featuring an array of musical cohorts performing their own arrangements of selections from his Masada songbook. Masada Rock documents Rashanim, ...

Esbjorn Svensson: Viaticum

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The Esbjörn Svensson Trio, a self-proclaimed “pop group that plays jazz," exists in between the musical realms of the ECM juggernaut Bobo Stenson Trio and art rockers Radiohead. Viaticum represents a culmination of years of relentless cooperative musical discovery for the group, which has been together since 1993.

This music, possessed of a cinematic ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Musillami Trio: Dachau

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The cult of youth has poisoned the world of music. Pop culture would have “instant artists shine momentarily, and then disappear quietly into the “where are they now category before they lose their baby teeth. In spite of this, seasoned musicians continue to move forward, breaking boundaries and defying the international fetishism of youth.

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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Stanton Moore: Living Outside the Box

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These days, it seems as if everyone is obsessed with the phrase, “thinking outside the box. Aside from being the most over-used phrase in marketing, it also happens to be the most misused phrase. Typically, it is applied to the antithesis of the idea, like a fastfood chain. When in comes to music, in these days ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Billy Childs Ensemble: Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1

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Since its birth, the world of jazz has been at odds with the realm of classical music. Owing to the presupposition that these two musical worlds are possessed of an incongruent aesthetic, a fusion between them may seem impossible. However, Lyric shows that music is music. With the first installment of his new Jazz-Chamber Music series, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobo Stenson/Anders Jormin/Paul Motian: Goodbye

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Somewhere bewteen the worlds of twentieth century classical music, the music of Ornette Coleman, minimalism, and Scandinavian folk music exists the world of the Bobo Stenson Trio. Since the early '70s, pianist Bobo Stenson has been a vital member of several groundbreaking ECM groups, including those with Charles Lloyd and Tomasz Stanko, as well as the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Don Cherry: Symphony For Improvisors

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Don Cherry
Symphony For Improvisers
Blue Note
2005 (1966)

By September of 1966, the so-called “free jazz" movement was in full swing. It had been nearly six years since Ornette Coleman's highly controversial landmark residency at the Five Spot. Cecil Taylor had recently been pushing the limits of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bill Frisell: East/West

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Jazz musicians are relentlessly struggling to find a unique sound on their particular instruments. However, only a very few can lay claim to discovering their own voice, let alone engendering an entire genre. Bill Frisell is one such artist. His style of jazz exists at the crossroads between the disparate idioms of jazz, blues, and country. ...