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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by John Kelman

Once again, the chronic health problem that has reduced my writing pace to a crawl continues without any respite. My best of the year lists have traditionally been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, but with only a relative handful of reviews to choose from this year (and with those choices, more than ever now, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: All Can Work

Read "All Can Work" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A un decennio circa dalle incisioni di A Blessing ed Eternal Interlude, il Large Ensemble di John Hollenbeck torna alla New Amsterdam Records per un album ricco di coinvolgenti percorsi. Nei vari brani il batterista/orchestratore ricorda il trombettista Laurie Frink, rilegge uno dei classici ellingtoniani dalla Far East Suite e un tema dei Kraftwerk, omaggia John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

Read "Not Two" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Real Enemies

Read "Real Enemies" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Real Enemies, la performance multimediale che Darcy James Argue ha presentato in varie occasioni nell'ultimo anno, ci consente di apprezzare con la dovuta concentrazione la multiforme ricchezza dei suoi percorsi.
A sette anni dal debutto con Infernal Machine (seguito nel 2012 da Brooklyn Babylon) l'arrangiatore canadese conferma d'essere il massimo orchestratore emerso nel decennio, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Will Mason Ensemble: Beams of the Huge Night

Read "Beams of the Huge Night" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

New York City resident Will Mason, while pursuing a Ph.D. in music at Columbia University, took the time to submerge himself in the most Spartan and remote conditions of his native Maine for the inspirations of nature that become manifest in Beams of the Huge Night. The drummer and composer assembled an unusually populated septet to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Brooklyn Babylon

Read "Brooklyn Babylon" reviewed by Luca Canini

Che Brooklyn sia il cuore musicale della New York del terzo millennio è ormai un dato di fatto. Le spietate leggi del mercato immobiliare, da una decina d'anni o giù di lì, hanno costretto improvvisatori e jazzisti ad attraversare l'East River, in fuga da una Manhattan sempre più cara. Brooklyn nuovo rifugio e nuova frontiera, dunque, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Brooklyn Babylon

Read "Brooklyn Babylon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part of the audience engagement process in multimedia performance is the integral dynamic of conflict and resolution between forms. Take one of them away and you have a different sensory experience. So, having witnessed graphic artist Danijel Zezelj and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society create separate but integrated works of art in the live performance of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sam Sadigursky: Words Project III Miniatures

Read "Words Project III Miniatures" reviewed by Martin Gladu

There is something of genius in Sam Sadigursky's musical poeticizing. Indeed, besides his knack for casting the most uncanny yet perfect voices for his eclectic and at times Kafka-esque sets, the Brooklyn-based reedman/composer is rapidly becoming the beacon of modern jazz-informed musical prosody. In this capacity, he replenishes the dormant format with a daring, integrated approach ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines

Read "Infernal Machines" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A little more than a decade ago, Maria Schneider served notice that big band jazz was no longer the domain of our grandparents. She has gone on to own the genre and now, Brooklyn resident and star Schneider pupil, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society takes it to an exceptional place with his debut, Infernal Machines. What ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines

Read "Infernal Machines" reviewed by Ted Gordon

From the first listening of this album, it is clear that Darcy James Argue intends to make a strong statement about the boundaries of musical genres--of jazz and new music--as well as about musical aesthetics and technology. This album consists of Argue's compositions for “big band" (or “large ensemble," depending on whom you ask) with a ...