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Gregg Belisle-Chi: Book of Hours

Read "Book of Hours" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

"If it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art." This opinion, from Arnold Schönberg, comes to mind when confronted with the first couple of minutes of New York-based guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi's third outing as a leader. Structure and tonality are absent from the get-go. The careful ...

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Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos: Volume 3

Read "Volume 3" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

At the tender age of four, Isabella Golombisky shows the promise of a young Kandinsky. Her artwork adorns this inspired release from her father, Matthew, wherein she uses colours not contained by lines, and gives priority to form over content. Or maybe it was a jolly good splash at the kitchen table. Either way, 'Izzi' is ...

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Phil Schurger: The Waters Above

Read "The Waters Above" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist/composer Phil Schurger is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He leads his Chicago-based quartet--previously heard on Echoes of the Ancestors (ears&eyes, 2017)--through six expansive originals. The tracks run an average of ten minutes or more apiece, and they attain that length through compositional complexity rather than extended solos (although the band is blessed with very ...

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Juan Bayon: Vidas Simples

Read "Vidas Simples" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Bassist Juan Bayon has helped shape the sound of contemporary Argentinian jazz with Kuai Records. As well as recording his own music, he has kept himself busy running one of the most exciting new labels in modern jazz.

However, his third album as a leader, Vidas Simples, is a brief departure from his ...

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Chad Taylor: Myths and Morals

Read "Myths and Morals" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In the beginning of it all: one sound, one language, but then there was the fall of Babel. One tongue turned into many. Difference became a reality and a way of exclusion. A myth can both unite and exclude like morality can judge and misjudge. The past becomes separated from the present and the future is ...

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Daniel Bruce: Earthshine

Read "Earthshine" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In the ever-growing scene of jazz-guitar today it is getting harder to distinguish oneself from the rest of the crowd. When taking a look around current stirrings in jazz, the guitar seems to be experiencing a renaissance as the main vehicle in the genre-new formations with the instrument at their core emerging all over the globe. ...

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Charles Rumback: Tag Book

Read "Tag Book" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

One of this year's pleasant surprises has been the emergence of drummer Charles Rumback's trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim Baker. In fact, their debut, Threes, was so good that it immediately whetted the appetite for more. Who would have thought the wish would be fulfilled so soon?

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Charles Rumback Releases His Fourth Album As A Leader - "Tag Book"

Charles Rumback Releases His Fourth Album As A Leader - "Tag Book"

Summer in jny: Chicago began in 3/4 time. Charles Rumback, alongside comrades Jim Baker and John Tate, waltzed in June with Threes—an effortless debut culled from three nights on the burner at the artist-run venue on the forefront of new music, Constellation. The Chicago Reader took note of the trio’s improvisatory rapport stating “the cross talk is sublime and the refined melodic ...

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Clark Sommers Lens: By A Thread

Read "By A Thread" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Clark Sommers served up a terrific trio outing in 2013 with Ba(sh) (Origin Record), a teaming with his fellow Chicagoans, reedman Geof Bradfield and drummer Dana Hall. He expands the ensemble to a quintet for By A Thread. Tenorist (mostly, he also adds his bass clarinet to the sound) Geof Bradfield is back, in what ...

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Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough: Feather

Read "Feather" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Three terrific studio CDs--quartet outings, all--have come from the teaming of trumpeter Chad McCullough and keyboardist Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches (2011); Urban Nightingale, (2012); and Abstract Quantities (2015), all on Origin Records. Theirs is an always engaging, melodic modern jazz. On Feathers the musicians reduce their artistry down to the duo mode.

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