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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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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 ...

Mike Lorenz: speak between

Read "speak between" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A first impression: Guitarist Mike Lorenz has created, on Speak Between, a sound that runs in a parallel to some of the albums released by drummer Paul Motian, in his teamings with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano--It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago (ECM Records, 1984) and Jack Of Clubs (Soul Note, 1984). ...

Aaron Shragge: This World of Dew

Read "This World of Dew" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The distinctiveness of This World of Dew stems equally from Aaron Shragge's technical mastery of the flugelhorn, dragon mouth trumpet, and Japanese Shakuhachi, his deep understanding of the traditions underpinning the Japanese aesthetic, and guitarist Ben Monder's ethereal, elongated harmonic syntax.

Combined, these elements produce an immersive experience permeated by the sensibilities of the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazzkaar 2018

Read "Jazzkaar 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar 2018
Tallinn, Estonia
April 20-29, 2018

In the year of Estonia's celebrations, having attained a full century as a Republic, its Jazzkaar festival continues to be amongst the very best of the European range. Held annually in Tallinn, and primarily centred around the Telliskivi Creative City, the festival continued ...

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder: This World of Dew

Read "This World of Dew" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This World of Dew is the third recorded go-around by trumpeter Aaron Shragge and guitarist Ben Monder. Shragge expands the expected pallette of the duo sound with his use of the shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and his Dragon Mouth Trumpet, a custom microtonal instrument designed to expand the melodic capacity of the horn.

Monder ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR: Symphonic Bowie at Central Park SummerStage

Read "Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR: Symphonic Bowie at Central Park SummerStage" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Donny McCaslin Group / Ensemble LPR
Central Park SummerStage
Symphonic Bowie
New York, NY
June 9, 2018

New York City can't stop saying goodbye to David Bowie. And with good reason. The rock legend lived in Manhattan for more than 20 years and often spoke fondly of his adopted city. On ...

Kristjan Randalu: Absence

Read "Absence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With a gathering, rubato flurry, Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu, a Chick Corea-inspired student of the late, virtuosic and highly lyrical British pianist John Taylor and his mischievous compatriot Django Bates, begins “Forecast" in whirling descent, before the quiet storm of guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Marku Ounaskari take the weather out to sea, where Randalu threatens ...