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Gunter Baby Sommer: Baby's Party

Read "Baby's Party" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The music from the German duo of Günter Baby Sommer and Till Brönner is best described as gestural, meaning the pair utilizes posture and body movement to effect an oratory--in this case the somatic nature of Sommer's drum and percussion work and the flow of breath through Brönner's trumpet and flugelhorn.

On the occasion ...

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Joshua Trinidad: In November

Read "In November" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Settimo album a nome del trentaquattrenne trombettista di origine messicana (in realtà è nato e vive a Denver) Joshua Trinidad, inciso in Norvegia nel novembre 2015 con musicisti appunto norvegesi (che peraltro collaborano con lui da tempo). Una certa sonorità nordica, controllata, parsimoniosa, evocativa, sta in effetti alla base del disco, che tuttavia è contrassegnato da ...

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Szun Waves: New Hymn To Freedom

Read "New Hymn To Freedom" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Pythagoras had this notion that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum. Put simply, as these orbs travel through space they produce certain sound waves. Ever wondered what that might actually sound like? Wonder no more, for this second album from vanguard jazz trio Szun Waves is surely what Pythagoras had in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2018: Part 1" reviewed by John Kelman

Part 1 | Part 2

2018 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
Various Venues,
Montréal, Canada
June 29-July 3, 2018

Every return to Montréal for the city's annual Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is much-anticipated. Closing off six square blocks in the downtown core is rare enough; but, over ...

Live From New York: Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon

Read "Live From New York: Sabir Khan, Steve Smith, Billy Childs, Pamelia Stickney & Sam Amidon" reviewed by Martin Longley

Sabir Khan & Aditya Kalyanpur
The Rubin Museum Of Art
March 23, 2018

The Rubin Museum now seems to have eased off on its penchant for strictly all-acoustic performances, with microphones in place for this recital by the Indian sarangi player Sabir Khan, returning a long time after his ...

Hilde Marie Holsen: Lazuli

Read "Lazuli" reviewed by John Eyles

In May 2015, Norwegian trumpeter and soundscaper Hilde Marie Holsen released her debut recording, Ask, on the Hubro label, to glowing reviews, including an All About Jazz piece that described her as “a natural heir of masters such as Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen." While that may seem quite a weight to put on the ...

Jon Hassell: Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)

Read "Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume one)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

At age 81 legendary American trumpeter/composer/conceptualist Jon Hassell could reasonably be kicking back in retirement, relaxing and resting on his considerable laurels. His Fourth World concept, combining world ethnic music with modern electronics, has been hugely influential; it is hard to imagine the sound of Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen without it, not to mention a lot ...

Goran Kajfes Tropiques: Enso

Read "Enso" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1970s, along with the rise in FM radio and stereo sound, a phenomena called “headphones-only album rock" was devised. A DJ might play all 26 minutes of Pink Floyd's “Shine on You Crazy Diamond" or John Coltrane's version of “My Favorite Things," at 42 minutes. In the same spirit we find Swedish trumpeter Goran ...

Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

Read "Live From New York: Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alvin Curran
The Park Avenue Armory
March 14, 2018

The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran ...

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...