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Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by John Kelman

There are, in these times of reduced music sales, fewer and fewer models that help niche labels to survive. In the case of New York-based MoonJune Records and its intrepid head Leonardo Pavkovic, the path to survival seems increasingly more about doing what he does for the love of it, and less about fiduciary gain (much ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer Plays Indonesia

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Dwiki Dharmawan's Pasar Klewer
Various Locations
Bandung and Jakarta, Indonesia
March 2-5, 2017

It was supposed to just be a soundcheck and rehearsal. But the energy and focus delivered as Indonesian pianist/composer Dwiki Dharmawan ran his Pasar Klewer band through the various numbers most of this group had recorded in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

Read "The Stone House" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Electrifying collective improvisation from four progressive masters. The combination of electric guitar, touch guitar, electric bass and drums recalls the classic David Torn album Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987), as well as the various improvisational King Crimson spinoffs called ProjeKcts.

U.K. guitarist Mark Wingfield (Jane Chapman, solo artist, and one half of the long-running ...

Take Five with Boris Savoldelli

Read "Take Five with Boris Savoldelli" reviewed by boris savoldelli

About Boris Savoldelli:
Boris is a vocal performer with a brilliant personality. He's always been in love with his “vocal instrument" and its extraordinary possibilities. He loves to find different original ways of singing, due to his eclectic background, from classical studies to jazz singing (thanks to his mentor Mark Murphy), passing from funk-rock ...

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Peter Oxley and Nicolas Meier: Chasing Tales

Read "Chasing Tales" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier are guitarists. This is an accurate statement, but it goes only so far in describing the two musicians' virtuosity across a range of guitars and guitar-related instruments. Chasing Tales demonstrates their talents far more clearly than any written attempt to do so--between them, Meier and Oxley play around a dozen instruments ...

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Pete Roth Band: Circus In The Sky

Read "Circus In The Sky" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

It's virtually impossible for any contemporary musician to have emerged in isolation--to have developed a style or technique unaffected by those who have gone before. Guitarist Pete Roth is no exception--the press release name checks John McLaughlin, Jonathan Kreisberg and John Scofield as contributing to the German-born, London-based player's approach to his chosen instrument. On Circus ...

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Nicolas Meier: Kismet

Read "Kismet" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Guitarist Nicolas Meier is blessed with precise intonation, fluid technique and mastery of a range of different styles. As a composer, he mixes influences from Turkey, central Europe, Iberia and the Americas to craft accessible, melodic tunes. On Kismet his talents as musician and writer come together to create what might be his best album to ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Asaf Sirkis Trio: Shepherd's Stories

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It's getting to the point where it's almost impossible to pigeonhole an artist into any one category---and that can't be anything but a good thing. Sure, some people like to think of the artists they love as jazz, rock or classical musicians, but the truth is that, more and more, musicians simply want to be thought ...

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Maciek Pysz Trio: Insight

Read "Insight" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Insight, the debut recording from guitarist Maciek Pysz and his trio, is a jazz album from Britain. Well, it's released on a British label, funded with the support of Arts Council England and Jazz Services, and performed by British-based musicians. However, Pysz is from Poland, bassist Yuri Goloubev is Russian, and drummer Asaf Sirkis (who plays ...

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Nicolas Meier: From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile

Read "From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Long ago, when the world was younger and far more innocent, a British TV commercial challenged its viewers. Take a particular brand of fruit pastille (Rowntree's, to be specific), place it in the mouth, resist the temptation to chew. So deliciously fruity was the pastille that such resistance would be futile. A similar challenge might be ...