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Charles Lloyd & the Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens

Read "Vanished Gardens" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

Un incanto di album. La chitarra tesa, dai richiami folk e sognante è quella inconfondibile del maestro Bill Frisell, il sassofono è quello lirico di Charles Lloyd, il musicista che dal quartetto anni Sessanta con Keith Jarrett passò ai Celebration al fianco dei Beach Boys per poi tornare al jazz negli anni Ottanta e Novanta dopo ...

Charles Lloyd &The Marvels + Lucinda Williams: Vanished Gardens

Read "Vanished Gardens" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

At age 80 legendary saxophonist/composer Charles Lloyd shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to his New Quartet--most recently documented on Passin' Thru (Blue Note Records, 2017)--he has collaborated with the Greek singer Maria Farantouri on Athens Concert (ECM, 2011); played duets with Quartet pianist Jason Moran on Hagar's Song (ECM, 2013); and produced a ...

Charles Lloyd: Vanished Gardens

Read "Vanished Gardens" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Far be it from me to cast a shadow on Vanished Gardens, Charles Lloyd's 80th birthday release. With a career spanning my point of conception to now, as I try to make sense of it all, is my two cents really necessary? So “Defiant" starts out as an extended shadowy and supple Lloyd solo as the ...

Kenny Barron: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hard to believe that, as Kenny Barron turns 75, Concentric Circles is his Blue Note debut, one that is as muscular, fleet, and entertaining as any debut by any man two-thirds his age.

Trust Barron's deeply-versed quintet to swing like a big band plus, and “DPW" leaps out at you with a jumping, bop ...

Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

Read "Currents, Constellations" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Il primo brano di questo ottimo Currents, Constellation del quartetto di Nels Cline, parte con un accordo straniante e inaspettato che funge da establishing shot. Come succede in tanti film e telefilm, la prima inquadratura è studiata proprio per darci subito le coordinate di un preciso punto di vista che ci trascina dentro alla storia che ...

The Nels Cline 4: Currents, Constellations

Read "Currents, Constellations" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist/composer Nels Cline's new quartet builds upon his collaboration with guitarist Julian Lage, which was documented on Room (Mack Avenue, 2014). Both wondered what it would be like to add a rhythm section; respected players, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey, accepted the invitation to join the duo during a residency at The Stone in ...

Runnin' Wild

Read "Runnin' Wild" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen.

CD Capsule Two hot jazz legends melt the thermometer, pushing each other to produce the most inspired work of their careers. As the sportscasters say, “They came to play."

Background “So ...

Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

Read "Currents, Constellations" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Reigning Wilco guitarist and avant sound sculptor Nels Cline begins his second Blue Note release Currents, Constellations with a loud, vibrant crash of guitar crunch that echoes his many alt/rock road trips. But very quickly the responsive and elastic rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey charges forth while Cline and soul-mate guitarist ...

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GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In GoGo Penguin's universe distance is a particularly relative concept. From the beginning of its voyage the trio has orbited musical worlds seemingly light-years apart; jazz, classical, dance, electronica, game soundtracks and minimalism -all fall into GoGo Penguin's gravitational pull to create a singular sonic constellation. With A Humdrum Star (Blue Note Records, 2018), Chris Illingworth, ...

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GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star

Read "A Humdrum Star" reviewed by Geno Thackara

“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people."
-Carl Sagan

GoGo Penguin's snappy-yet-offbeat name is a pretty good indicator of their personality--partly inspired ...