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Roby Glod, Roberta Piket, Mark Tokar, Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un quartetto internazionale, ripreso dal vivo in un centro culturale lussemburghese, è protagonista di questo ottimo CD sul confine tra il jazz moderno e l'improvvisazione più radicale. Alla guida il francese residente in Lussemburgo Roby Glod, al suo fianco la newyorchese Roberta Piket, l'ucraino Mark Tokar e il tedesco Klaus Kugel, tutti musicisti che hanno lavorato ...

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Albrecht Maurer - Norbert Rodenkirchen: Loplop's Call

Read "Loplop's Call" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

German and international music scene stalwarts, violinist Albrecht Maurer and flutist Norbert Rodenkirchen juxtapose the visual arts with music, focusing on German surrealist painter Max Ernst's ideologies, poetry, and techniques duly noted in the album liners. Here, the duo casts a hybrid, folk, jazz, and classical muse while bringing a polytonal agenda to the forefront, and ...

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Op Der Schmelz: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This multinational quartet casts a surfeit of moody and climactically oriented movements, captured for this disc live at a venue in Luxembourg. Gushing with shifty theme-building exercises, New York- based pianist Roberta Piket often serves as the director of operations via her sympathetic comping, cascading chord voicings, and animated free-bop improvisational passages, yet overall, it's a ...

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Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Dave Wayne

This album is a winner from the git-go. Brooklyn-based pianist Roberta Piket summons the spirits with a gentle, but emotionally direct solo piano rumination. Harmonically rich, with a probing depth that brings Paul Bley and Steve Kuhn to mind, Piket's invocation is just the first in series of golden moments on Op der Schmelz Live. A ...

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Roby Glod / Roberta Piket / Mark Tokar / Klaus Kugel: Op Der Schmelz Live

Read "Op Der Schmelz Live" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This pan-European-American collective quartet, named after the Op Der Schmelz venue in Luxemburg (where this album was recorded), focuses in transforming intuitively detailed sonic moments into balanced movements, full of surprises and risk- taking. The quartet is comprised of four experienced improvisers--Luxemburg-based saxophonist Roby Glod, New Yorker pianist Roberta Piket, Ukrainian bassist Mark Tokar and Köln-based ...

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Theo Jorgensmann / Albrecht Maurer: Melencolia

Read "Melencolia" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Melencolia is based on Abrecht Dürer's 1514 engraving by the same name, created during Germany's horrific Peasants' Wars. However, these prominent jazz and avant-garde artists unite the brighter side of life to offset some fierce interactions.

The lower register of Theo Jorgensmann's G-low clarinet synchronizes with Albrecht Maurer's violin and viola phrasings, bringing the ...

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Andre / Tokar / Kugel: Varpai

Read "Varpai" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This unique, pan-European trio of like-minded improvising masters--Lithuanian vocal artist/dancer Andrė Pabarčiūtė, Ukrainian bassist Mark Tokar and German percussionist Klaus Kugel--explore the multiple sound variations of their instruments, releasing them from typical conventions while inventing free form structures and pulses. With great sensitivity, imagination, patience and obviously flawless technique this trio succeeds in forming timeless, rich ...

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Bruce Eisenbeil: Inner Constellation Volume 1

Read "Inner Constellation Volume 1" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The astonishing Inner Constellation Volume One most definitely qualifies as difficult music. Not due to normal reasons including complexity, intricacy, abrasiveness or lack of musical touchstones, but rather that the title track, at forty-seven-plus minutes, needs to be listened to in toto.

Guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil has much to say about the compositional impulse ...

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Bruce Eisenbeil Sextet: Inner Constellation, Volume One

Read "Inner Constellation, Volume One" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

On Inner Constellation, his fifth release as a leader, New York-based guitarist and composer Bruce Eisenbeil attempts to link the musical worlds of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton with the vocabulary of contemporary classical composers such as Elliot Carter, Iannis Xenakis, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Over two years, Eisenbeil composed “Inner Constellation," a ...

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Agf & Sue.C: Agf & Sue.C: Mini Movies

Read "Agf & Sue.C: Mini Movies" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Agf & Sue.C Mini Movies Asphodel (2006 - distr. Wide) Valutazione: 3,5 stelle Nuovo interessante progetto per l'artista digitale berlinese Agf, questa volta in un'accoppiata tutta al femminile con la videomaker americana Sue C.: il progetto Mini Movies affianca infatti al disco un DVD in cui le immagini della collega si intrecciano ai sensuali frammenti elettronici approntati da Agf. Se già il lavoro del ...