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Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Inizia con una rullata. Fitta, uniforme ma chiara, ricca di risonanze. Lunga: solo verso la fine, dopo quasi quattro minuti, accenna un aumento dell'intensità e si ferma sul silenzio. Chiave o forziere ermeticamente chiuso? Così l'esordio del primo dei tre CD che compongono Pillars, lavoro impegnativo sia per chi ascolta che per chi lo ha prodotto, ...

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Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Read "Code Girl" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Qualcuno ha già inserito Code Girl tra i dischi dell'anno e, davvero, al di là delle classifiche personali, si tratta di un lavoro che si distingue, che interseca jazz e rock in una chiave non scontata e che, alla fine, si fa apprezzare. Ed è l'ennesima conferma del talento della prolifica compositrice e chitarrista Mary Halvorson, ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tyshawn Sorey's musical career has been steadily moving away from jazz and toward new music in several forms. Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017) is dominated by a series of textural motions that create a dark mood. That album followed another Pi release, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016); an album that featured classical composition and improvisation. Sorey's ...

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Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Read "Code Girl" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Those familiar with guitarist Mary Halvorson's numerous projects have become well-acquainted with the idiosyncratic, unorthodox, sometimes cerebral approach she takes to her craft. Halvorson's compositions are consistently thoughtful but rarely predictable and her improvising is similarly distinctive, so expecting the unexpected is par for the course. Even so, the breadth of Halvorson's interests and influences can ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara's dynamite new outfit Triple Double deploys the cream of the NYC scene in three instrumental pairings, a mini musical Noah's Ark if you will. Marching ahead are the trumpet and cornet of Ralph Alessi and Taylor Ho Bynum respectively, flanked by the twin guitars of Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook, with Fujiwara bringing ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La più popolare delle forme musicali nordamericane -il blues -introdotta da due delle chitarre meno convenzionali in circolazione, disturbata da un paio di trombe che proprio canoniche non sono e da una coppia di poderose batterie che sostengono e il tutto. È questo l'incipit di Triple Double e i dieci minuti abbondanti di «Diving for Quarters» ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara is all over the progressive jazz map the past several years as a member of Thumbscrew with guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Michael Formanek amid support duties for poll-winning flutist Nicole Mitchell and a host of disparate projects and recordings. Here, Fujiwara assembles a double trio lineup, featuring Halvorson and other notables that ...

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Tomas Fujiwara: Triple Double

Read "Triple Double" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The ninety seconds of scattershot guitar nicks that introduce “Diving For Quarters" can be seen as something of a trial by noodling. If you make it through that rough and prickly patch mentally intact, you're in for a treat. Asymmetrical grooving in fifteen, puckered brass glances, winding horn melodies, and stormy ensemble assaults all follow as ...

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

Read "Away With You" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La band è stellare -vi troviamo alcuni dei più quotati improvvisatori della scena newyorchese -la leadership discreta ma autorevole, la scrittura sorprendente, il risultato finale mozzafiato. Dal solo al settetto, Mary Halvorson aveva già avuto modo di mettere in mostra il proprio talento, cresciuto alla scuola di Mr. Anthony Braxton, ma l'ottetto (formazione ibrida ambigua per ...

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Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011

Read "3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There is little in the extensive catalog of Anthony Braxton that falls into a customary compositional milieu. His more recently formed conceptual structure, Echo Echo Mirror House (circa 2011), succeeds Ghost Trance Music and Diamond Curtain Wall Music as a platform for his unique system of coded composing and improvising. On 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011, each ...