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Vinny Golia Sextet: Trajectory

Read "Trajectory" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Walking in the canyons of a big city like New York or in the old-growth forests of California Redwoods, it is almost impossible to acquire perspective. One cannot stand back far enough to take in the enormity of the scene. It is best to embrace the hugeness and enjoy the experience. The same can be said ...

Alberto Pinton: la nostra parte del puzzle

Read "Alberto Pinton: la nostra parte del puzzle" reviewed by Marco Colonna

Scrivere di Alberto Pinton è una delle occasioni ghiotte che speravo di avere collaborando occasionalmente con la divulgazione “giornalistica" del jazz. Sapendo bene di non essere un tecnico della scrittura, ma un semplice veneratore del linguaggio, mi avvicino all'impresa con le cuffie, chiudendo il mondo fuori per la durata di un disco.

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Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano: Hunters & Scavengers

Read "Hunters & Scavengers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1980s, artist Jenny Holzer created short, pithy statements projected by LED lights in museums and onto Times Square. Her now famous “Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise" text sums up not only the #MeToo movement and the #BlackLivesMatter cry, but also to some extent, the music industry. The vertical construction of many jazz ...

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Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

Read "Live At The  Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank ...

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Leap of Faith: Domains

Read "Domains" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2009, David Peck's (PEK) Leap of Faith group reconvened after a lengthy hiatus to become a prolific producer of music that is always far outside the box. His Evil Clown label has flourished with a company of like-minded artists working in a collective environment. Leap of Faith has performed and recorded in formations ranging from ...

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Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss

Read "Michael Vlatkovich: Mortality & Myrnofant's Kiss" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Michael Vlatkovich è un trombonista e compositore di St. Louis attivo dal 1973 a Los Angeles, parte di quella nicchia sperimentale presente dagli anni cinquanta nella West Coast. È membro regolare del Vinny Golia Large Ensemble e del Rob Blakeslee Quartet ma collabora anche con artisti di varie tendenze espressive: Bobby Bradford e Gerry Hemingway ma ...

Thollem | Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons

Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In a remote outpost of creativity, the little town of Marfa sits on less than two square miles, a one-hour drive from the Mexican border. With a population of about two-thousand, it may, nevertheless, be the Brooklyn of the West Texas desert plateau. From its beginnings as an artist colony (of sorts), Marfa has been developing ...

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Ross Hammond: in solo e in duo con Vinny Golia

Read "Ross Hammond: in solo e in duo con Vinny Golia" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo diversi anni di attività svolta principalmente nell'ambito del jazz e della musica improvvisata, il chitarrista Ross Hammond ha recentemente intrapreso una nuova direzione musicale abbandonando temporaneamente la chitarra elettrica in favore dello strumento acustico, in versione 12 corde o resofonica, e ha inciso una serie di album per chitarra acustica tra i più belli degli ...

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Rich Halley/Carson Halley: The Wild

Read "The Wild" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Rich Halley, home-based in Portland, Oregon, is a relentless creator of fine and oftimes fiery free jazz, averaging, since 2010, about two CD releases per year, including Creating Structure (2015); Eleven (2016); and Outlier, (2016), all on his Pine Eagle Records label. These were quartet outings, featuring like-minded free-jazzers--trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bass man Clyde Reed ...

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Matty Harris: Double Septet

Read "Double Septet" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Laureatosi al California Institute of the Arts, il trentenne sassofonista Matty Harris pubblica il secondo disco del suo Double Septet, un organico d'avanguardia comprendente il settantenne Vinny Golia -ancora in gran forma -e validi strumentisti operanti in California. L'organico ha debuttato nel 2013 con l'album Songs e quasi gli stessi componenti. Negli anni precedenti, a partire ...