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Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra: Furiously Dreaming

Read "Furiously Dreaming" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Sprawling. Massive. Unapologetically ambitious. All over the musical map. But, somehow, not excessive. Furiously Dreaming is a two-CD set by percussionist / composer / musical visionary Nathan Hubbard and his 50-member (for this recording) Skeleton Key Orchestra. The leader or co-leader of a dozen or so different small ensembles playing everything from modern jazz to contemporary ...

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Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet

Read "Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet" reviewed by Mark Corroto

While the tagline 'Miles Smiles' is more befitting Miles Davis' second great quintet, it is an apt reference to this recording by the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (IAHRQ), who draw not so much from the Columbia recordings by Miles Davis E.S.P> (1965), Sorcerer (1967), or Nefertiti (1968) but from the great electricity of Live-Evil (1971) ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Empty Cage Quartet

Read "Empty Cage Quartet" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The sixth album of West Coast Empty Cage Quartet features this unique, hard -riving outfit in its most abstract mode to date. During the last decade, the quartet focused on exploring new ways of integrating diverse influences into an original, creative blend--from modern forms of jazz improvisation to contemporary experimental practices.

This self-titled, ...

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Nakatani Tiner Drake: Ritual Inscription

Read "Ritual Inscription" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Epigraph Records first release, Ritual Inscription, documents live, improvised creative music in Bakersfield, California, Epigraph's home base. Renowned Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani meets two local comrades, trumpeter Kris Tiner (the founder of the label) and guitarist Jeremy Drake for two intense improvisations.

Chaotic sounds of gongs and assorted percussion merge with serene lines from the ...

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Tin/Bag: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il californiano Kris Tiner sarà nome da noi poco noto, ma vanta collaborazioni e registrazioni con grossi calibri come Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Nels Cline ed è attivo in lavori interdisciplinari con danza, teatro, cinema, poesia, arte visiva e quant'altro. Il newyorkese Mike Baggetta è leader di un quartetto che comprende Jason Rigby, Eivind ...

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Mike Baggetta Quartet: Source Material

Read "Source Material" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Guitarist Mike Baggetta's versatility has been in the thick of New York's creative music scene, whether performing with Tom Harrell or front-lining projects like Bridges (MabnotesMusic, 2011), a duo recording with trumpeter Kris Tiner. Source Material is Baggetta's follow up to 2009's Small Spaces (Fresh Sound), with a working quartet that includes robust sax work from ...

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Chris Schlarb: Psychic Temple

Read "Psychic Temple" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Chris Schlarb isn't your typical composer, working for a year on this music before writing any melodies. However, given that his previous recording, the beguiling Twilight and Ghost Stories (Asthmatic Kitty Records, 2007), took four years and long periods of soul-searching, little the guitarist and electronics musician of such adventurous outfits as Create (!) and I-Heart-Lung ...

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Empty Cage Quartet: Gravity

Read "Gravity" reviewed by Troy Collins

Widely admired for its intricate mathematical construction, the Mayan calendar is far more than just a lightning rod for misguided prophets predicting the end of the world; it is also the source of inspiration for Gravity, the fourth studio recording from the young West Coast-based Empty Cage Quartet.

The album consists of two extended compositions, which ...

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Kris Tiner and Mike Baggetta: There, Just As You Look For It

Read "There, Just As You Look For It" reviewed by Jim Santella

Trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta interpret this set of original compositions with an ear toward meaningful conversation and an eye on balance. Baggetta's light, acoustic guitar spits and spurts with understated emotion, while Tiner's horns express a wide range of feelings. Their musical conversation heats up in places and slows to a crawl elsewhere ...