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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Harris Eisenstadt Old Growth Forest: Old Growth Forest II

Read "Old Growth Forest II" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The eternal debate persists. Is Harris Eisenstadt primarily a drummer or a composer? He composes music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, yet he leads several jazz groups including Canada Day (a quintet and sometimes quartet or octet), the small large ensemble Recent Developments, and this quartet with trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Tony Malaby, and bassist Jason ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 2-2

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 2-2" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 16-19, 2019

The first two days of this year's FIMAV lived up to lofty expectations, and, if anything, Saturday's and Sunday's programs looked even more promising, with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell Vijay Iyer, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gabriel Zucker: Weighting

Read "Weighting" reviewed by Troy Dostert

If ever there was a novelist whose work seems ideally suited for musical expression, it would be Rachel Kushner. With phrases that jump off the page with infectious energy and themes that reveal themselves fleetingly and mysteriously, her books swirl with ideas, but always with the unmistakable impression that are deeper truths yet to be found ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Adam O'Farrill: El Maquech

Read "El Maquech" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A due anni di distanza da Stranger Days, suo prodigioso debutto da leader con la Sunnyside, il 24enne Adam O'Farrill cambia l'etichetta ma non l'organico, confermando il quartetto col fratello Zack alla batteria, il sassofonista Chad Lewkowitz-Brown e il bassista Walter Stinson.
Nipote del leggendario bandleader cubano Chico O'Farrill e figlio del pianista Arturo, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tomasz Dabrowski Ad Hoc: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he has built an impressive resume working with well-known avant-gardists like Evan Parker, Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis and Andrew Drury (with the latter two appearing on his 2014 release, Vermillion Tree ), Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dabrowski went in a different direction for his current project, Ninjazz. With the title a portmanteau of “Ninja" and “jazz," ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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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Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love

Read "Rosa Parks: Pure Love" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like several exceptional modern era composers from Ornette Coleman to John Zorn to Tyshawn Sorey, the “jazz" appellation has only anecdotal application to the latter-day calling of Wadada Leo Smith as a composer. On his previous Cuneiform releases Ten Freedom Summers (2012) and America's National Parks (2016), Smith worked with an ear toward confronting injustice and ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio del 2018 Secondo Nicola Negri

Read "Il Meglio del 2018 Secondo Nicola Negri" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Per chi non se ne fosse accorto, stiamo vivendo un momento musicale straordinario, fatto di ricerca senza confini, ibridazioni linguistiche e condivisione di esperienze spesso agli antipodi--insomma diametralmente opposto al periodo storico, in cui l'ignoranza miope delle nuove destre vorrebbe tenerci divisi, ancorati ad un'idea identitaria ormai superata dalla storia.
Dal jazz più classico alle ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il Meglio Del 2018 Secondo Giuseppe Segala

Read "Il Meglio Del 2018 Secondo Giuseppe Segala" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La produzione del 2018 è stata copiosa e alcuni grandi protagonisti, come Henry Threadgill e Steve Coleman, hanno pubblicato documenti significativi della propria attività. Ha fatto giustamente scalpore il ritrovamento delle registrazioni di John Coltrane, pubblicate con il titolo Both Directions at Once, che aggiungono motivi di riflessione e piacere a chi non si stanca di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...