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Jakob Buchanan: A Language of My Own

Read "A Language of My Own" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In his novel, In Search of Lost Time, the French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922) famously wrote about a madeleine cake dipped in a cup of tea that was able to trigger a string of memories. For the Danish trumpeter, Jakob Buchanan, it was the return to his childhood home, Rosenhill, which brought back a series of ...

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Sean Moran: Sun Tiger

Read "Sun Tiger" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Trio piuttosto atipico questo messo in piedi da Sean Moran, chitarrista elettrico newyorchese d'adozione: accanto al suo strumento troviamo infatti la batteria di Vinnie Sperrazza e il violoncello di Hank Roberts, strumenti che danno vita a un suono costantemente nel guado tra rock e musica da camera.

La particolarità si palesa fin dalle prime ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors

Read "Nouveau Fusion: Superette And Visitors" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bereft of forced funk and over-complicated compositions, jazz-rock fusion can be as liberating as the best rock and roll. That is, if the technical expertise brought to bear is restrained and sublimated to the unity of the ensemble and the musicians involved play with the unity of a true band. Then the emotional expression usually contained ...

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Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

Read "Cycles of Animation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

The title of bassist Shawn Lovato's debut record, Cycles of Animation, is wholly appropriate, as Lovato's compositions are filled with incessant motion. With a good deal of rhythmic dynamism and a fluid, loosely-structured sound, the album is a convincing statement from Lovato and a sign of even better things to come.

Lovato has a ...

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Shawn Lovato: Cycles of Animation

Read "Cycles of Animation" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

For his debut album, Cycles of Animation, New York bassist Shawn Lovato has gathered an impressive, equally forward-thinking cast of musicians, comprised of guitarist Brad Shepik, saxophone virtuoso Loren Stillman, Argentinian pianist Santiago Leibson and drum stick juggler Chris Carroll. The innovative guitarist Shepik has been going at it in various formations, experimenting with a vast ...

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Matt Mayhall: Tropes

Read "Tropes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tropes. Una meravigliosa avventura sonora. Nonché album di debutto del batterista, multistrumentista e compositore losangelino Matt Mayhall. Nome forse ai più sconosciuto ma con un lasciapassare che parla da solo, batterista nelle ultime sedute di registrazione di Charlie Haden! Anche se l'esperienza che marca decisamente la formazione musicale è quella negli Spain gruppo che miscela rock, ...

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Kate Gentile: Mannequins

Read "Mannequins" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

With the stimulating Mannequins, the New York based drummer Kate Gentile has created a cohesive and engaging album. On this first release under her own name, Gentile superbly balances emotive passion and intellectual acumen. Her intricate compositions are simultaneously fully realized and vibrantly supple and pliant as to allow for independent spontaneous expressions.

The ...

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Anna Webber's Simple Trio with Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck: Binary

Read "Binary" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Lo scheletro di Binary è costituito dalle sei versioni di “Rectangles," sei frammenti di durata compresa tra il minuto e i tre minuti abbondanti, dove angoli, linee, spigoli e intersezioni sollecitano la curiosità dell'ascoltatore e lasciano intravedere intriganti sviluppi. La muscolatura e gli organi vitali vengono aggiunti dai rimanenti sei brani, la cui durata -sempre superiore ...

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Anna Webber's Simple Trio with Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck: Binary

Read "Binary" reviewed by John Sharpe

If there were a prize for avoiding the obvious, then Brooklyn-based Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber would be a prime contender. In an effort to take the road less travelled, Webber has used internet-sourced inspiration, including a random binary digit generator, a website that turns words into drumbeats, and even her own IP address, to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anna Webber's Simple Trio with Matt Mitchell & John Hollenbeck: Binary

Read "Binary" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One of a growing number of genre-crushing young artists working at the fringes of modern jazz and so-called “new music," Canadian-born saxophonist and composer Anna Webber has staked out some truly distinctive musical terrain with her all-star Simple Trio. If you're not familiar with Ms. Webber (who's worked with Dan Weiss, Jen Shyu, Ohad Talmor and ...