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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by John Sharpe

Cross fertilization has been at the heart of jazz since its inception when African rhythms met European instrumentation. That stylistic melange is taken to another level in the cultural melting pot of New York City. Being based in the city since 2001, it's little surprise that Canadian pianist Kris Davis has developed an ever-expanding list of ...

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Larry Ochs, Nels Cline, Gerald Cleaver: What Is To Be Done

Read "What Is To Be Done" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

"Siamo arrivati. Abbiamo improvvisato. Siamo partiti. Ogni serata è piuttosto diversa." Così Nels Cline, parlando di questo trio. Due lunghi brani con prevalenza di episodi abrasivi, arroventati, della durata di più di venti minuti ciascuno, e un terzo più disteso, seppure ricco di tensioni interne, molto più breve, a fare da cuscinetto, da valvola di relax, ...

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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The virtuoso pianist and composer Kris Davis has been ubiquitous in 2019. Her projects with Nate Wooley, Ken Vandermark, and Craig Taborn have been complemented by her appointment to the faculty of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. Davis will serve as associate director of creative development and teach composition and improvisation courses. The ...

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Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014

Read "Quartet (New Haven) 2014" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If, as an Anthony Braxton listener, you are confounded by his numeric compositional titles and and hieroglyphic scores, finding this music dedicated to rock, blues, funk and country music legends may give you some relief, albeit temporary. Quartet (New Haven) 2014 is a one-off meeting of the avant-garde's avant-gardist and today's heroes of both rock and ...

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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

To call pianist Kris Davis stylistically omnivorous would seem to be an understatement. While she started her career solidly in the avant-garde circles that brought her into projects with stalwarts of the genre like Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, Tom Rainey and Tony Malaby, that hasn't stopped her from forging connections with other musicians not typically included ...

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Bobby Previte: Rhapsody

Read "Rhapsody" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Rhapsody è la seconda parte della trilogia che Bobby Previte ha dedicato al tema del viaggio e dello sradicamento, intitolata Terminals. Si tratta di un lavoro ardito e complesso che testimonia della sensibilità che il batterista e compositore americano ha maturato in questi anni e che lo colloca in una dimensione assai diversa rispetto al jazz ...

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Ben Goldberg: Good Day For Cloud Fishing

Read "Good Day For Cloud Fishing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Poetry and jazz, jazz and poetry, which came first? Ben Goldberg poses that same question with Good Day For Cloud Fishing. His answer to the philosophical 'chicken or the egg' riddle is well, both. Sure, Homer wrote the Iliad centuries before King Oliver put cornet to lips, but damn if there wasn't some gutbucket rhyming to ...

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Paul Bley, Yazz Ahmed, Gianluigi Trovesi, Matthieu Michel and tons of great new releases

Read "Paul Bley, Yazz Ahmed, Gianluigi Trovesi, Matthieu Michel and tons of great new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Accordion players, saxophonists, clarinet and trombone players as well as compelling singers are at the heart of this week's focus on new releases. Give a listen and then make sure to support the musicians and the labels that put out this amazing music so that the prolific jazz phase we live in can go on, and ...

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Derek Bailey / Han Bennink / Evan Parker: Topographie Parisienne

Read "Topographie Parisienne" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This analogy between free improvisation and human nature seems appropriate. Some people, seeing a burning building, will flee for their lives, while others run straight into the building. Mention the names of any member of this trio—Derek Bailey, Han Bennink or Evan Parker—to listeners and they either give a big hoorah or make a break for ...

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Larry Ochs / Nels Cline / Gerald Cleaver: What Is To Be Done

Read "What Is To Be Done" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sandwiched between two epic novels of improvisation--each a track of over twenty minutes of sound--is the respite piece “A Pause, A Rose" by the trio of saxophonist Larry Ochs, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Cline, who some may know from his work with the alternative rock band Wilco, opens with a few simple notes ...