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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dan McCarthy: Epoch

Read "Epoch" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As intimated by the gray horizons on this album's cover, there's a silvery beauty and dusky design element at play in Epoch. Vibraphonist Dan McCarthy, a Canadian-turned-Brooklynite with a keen appreciation for suspense and patient development, tests the boundaries and borders of shadows and shape with stunning results. Elevated by the pillars of mystique and mournfulness, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Sesto Jazz 2019

Read "Sesto Jazz 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Sesto Jazz 2019
Teatro della Limonaia
Sesto Fiorentino
1-3.3.2019

Piccolo ma con proposte altamente qualificate, Sesto Jazz si è anche quest'anno articolato su tre appuntamenti nella suggestiva cornice del Teatro della Limonaia, spazio dedicato all'avanguardia artistica e alla sperimentazione della cittadina satellite di Firenze.

La prima serata, che ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Dan Weiss Starebaby Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Dan Weiss Starebaby Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Alongside jazz and Indian music, Dan Weiss is equally at home in metal and electronica. The stark contrasts, but also the similarities, between these worlds fuel his band Starebaby. On the eponymous album, Weiss and co. have created fascinating works, sometimes dark and complex and sometimes dreamy and cinematic, with for example a track dedicated to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Monder: Day After Day

Read "Day After Day" reviewed by Mark Corroto

On Day After Day, Ben Monder explores memories triggered by songs. Over two discs, one solo and the other with bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Ted Poor, the guitarist rouses impressions formed long ago. Just like a certain fragrance can spark the memory of an old lover, songs deep in your brain's hard drive can be ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

Read "Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben Monder: Day After Day

Read "Day After Day" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Rare is the musician who remains static throughout their career, and with his professional life dating back to the mid-1990s, Ben Monder has had time enough to change course when the desire strikes. Since his outstanding debut, Flux (Songlines, 1995), he has released a handful of equally impressive albums which follow in its footsteps, as well ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory: The Seasons of Being

Read "The Seasons of Being" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

From a scientific stance, the jury may still be out on homeopathic treatments via a wealth of published material--a subject well beyond the scope of this article. However, estimable jazz pianist Andy Milne (Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane) has reaped positive homeopathic benefits while fighting prostate cancer. Per the marketing info on Sunnyside's website: “Milne's positive experiences ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their two previous third-season releases, Andy Zimmerman's Half Light and Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes (both 2018), Newvelle Records pushed the envelope just a bit away from the deeply melodic formula that they have favored across seventeen albums to date. While those vinyl releases incorporated more elements of improvisational complexity, they were hardly foraying into ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cheryl Bentyne (and Mark Winkler)
Eastern Standard Time
Café Pacific Records

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Other Night at Quinn's

Read "The Other Night at Quinn's" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The Other Night at Quinn's: New Adventures In The Sonic Underground
Mike Faloon
269 Pages
ISBN: #978-1-941576-24-3
Razorcake / Gorsky Press
2018

In addition to absorbing the sounds on recordings and live performances, the traditional route to an appreciation of jazz and improvised music usually entails seeking out the ...