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Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

Read "Sun Sparkle" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

There are parts of Norway where the sun hardly sets for months on end. It stays bright all night and dawn is never dark. The essence of this strange polar light finds its way into Sun Sparkle, the second album from Norwegian act Skydive Trio. Its predecessor, Sun Moee, also referenced our great burning star, which ...

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The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes

Read "The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Whereas some record labels try to limit their aesthetic to a certain sound, others take pride in challenging the conventions of genre. Matthew Golombisky, the founder of ears&eyes Records, belongs to the latter category. His philosophy is very clear, as he points out in the label profile that can be read on this site: “My motto ...

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Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Read "The Other Side of Time" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Quin Kirchner was forging a musical career in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Despite his house being ruined, he held off from leaving until the last moment due to gig commitments. With a support system of family and friends back in Chicago, Kirchner returned home where his percussive skills became key in the ...

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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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Julian Lage: Modern Lore

Read "Modern Lore" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

As a young guitar prodigy, Julian Lage often went to gigs at the Bay Area jazz club Yoshi's. There he would sit up front, put his head on stage and watch admiringly. Backing his early heroes at Yoshi's were two musicians who now form a trio with Lage. Double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

All About Jazz writer Jakob Baekgaard recently called Matthew Golombisky a modern “renaissance man”. He is a forward moving, fast acting, and busy artist. Between his acoustic/electric bass performing, commissioned compositions (including his work on Australian singer/songwriter Via Tania’s latest album, featuring his Tomorrow Music Orchestra, his film scoring contributions to Argentine director Alejo Domínguez’s feature ...

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Broken Things: Swim to the River

Read "Swim to the River" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Album molto interessante questo Swim To The River. Innanzitutto è di difficile classificazione, e poi ha una capacità di includere vaghe reminiscenze rock, pur mantenendo un aplomb assolutamente integro. Il che non è cosa da poco. Le composizioni sono interessanti, ben articolate, ritmicamente varie, e vivono dell'interazione tra la chitarra di MacKay (che a tratti usa sonorità anni ...

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Bill MacKay and Sounds of Now: Bill MacKay and Sounds of Now

Read "Bill MacKay and Sounds of Now" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Jazz has always been a reflection of diversity and culture. It has grown to embrace the roots of ethnic music originating from global sources. Just as it has flourished in America, its branches have extended to encompass many other musical styles. Some of that can be heard on Sounds of Now, by Chicago guitarist Bill MacKay, ...