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DKV Trio: Latitude 41.88

Read "Latitude 41.88" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Delle tantissime formazioni che vedono coinvolto il sassofonista e clarinettista Ken Vandermark, il DKV Trio con Kent Kessler e Hamid Drake a contrabbasso e batteria è una delle più longeve e significative, una sorta di unità base --che spesso si è aperta a collaborazioni --con cui sintetizzare le tante anime e i linguaggi che confluiscono in ...

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Samo Salamon, Szilárd Mezei & Achille Succi: Free Sessions Vol. 1: Planets Of Kei

Read "Free Sessions Vol. 1: Planets Of Kei" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Slovenian guitar ace Samo Salamon has been recording for a long time, but he's still trying new things. This is an album of several firsts, starting with it being his first recording made entirely on acoustic guitar, as well as the first that was completely improvised. It's also his first time recording with violist Szilárd Mezei, ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom

Read "Desire & Freedom" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's mark of distinction is generally centered on his assertive approaches to experimentation within numerous offshoots and slants of the jazz vernacular. He's become a major player on the Euro progressive jazz scene amid sessions with American free-thinking acolytes, trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist John Hebert, trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez and many others of note. ...

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Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio: Desire & Freedom

Read "Desire & Freedom" reviewed by John Sharpe

Desire And Liberation constitutes only the second album in Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio discography not to feature a guest since their eponymous debut (European Echoes, 2009). While some may decry the lack of a foil for the leader's muscular tenor saxophone (and past collaborators trumpeter Peter Evans and trombonist Jeb Bishop supplied that and ...

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Dragonfly Breath III: Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus

Read "Live at the Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Today's zen koan: why does a watched pot never boil? The answer to that question is found in the music of Dragonfly Breath III: because it is always boiling. The roil we speak of comes from the quartet of saxophonist Paul Flaherty, trombonist Steve Swell, violinist C. Spencer Yeh, and drummer Weasel Walter.

The ...

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Zlatko Kaućić, Ab Baars: Canvas

Read "Canvas" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato a Cracovia nell'ottobre del 2014, questo CD documenta una delle performances di due maestri dell'improvvisazione europea, che si conoscono e collaborano da molti anni, quali sono il percussionista sloveno Zlatko Kaućić e il sassofonista e clarinettista olandese Ab Baars.

Le sette tracce iniziano con un'improvvisazione piuttosto lunga (quasi ventidue minuti), molto tormentata e ...

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Michael Jefry Stevens: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has been involved in many projects in his career over the past forty years. The Generations Quartet started out as a trio six years ago, consisting of Stevens with his long-time musical partner, bassist Joe Fonda and newcomer, drummer Emil Gross. The trio became a quartet with the addition of saxophonist (and ...

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Zlatko Kaućić / Ab Baars: Canvas

Read "Canvas" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Slovenian drummer/percussionist Zlatko Kaucic (Kaučič) was very busy in 2013-2014. The meetup with pianist Milko Lazar for Ena / One took place between November, 2013 and March, 2014. The disc at hand finds Kaucic performing with Dutch reedman Ab Baars, recorded in October, 2014. Baars is well known in the free jazz side of the Dutch ...

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Variable Density Sound Orchestra: Evolving Strategies

Read "Evolving Strategies" reviewed by John Sharpe

The constituent parts of guitarist Garrison Fewell's Variable Density Sound Orchestra shifted gradually between its eponymous inception (Creative Nation, 2008) and sophomore effort on Sound Particle 47 (Creative Nation, 2010). Inevitably there will be further changes in the future if the unit continues, as both trumpeter Roy Campbell and reedman John Tchicai have passed on since ...

Max Johnson: Big Eyed Rabbit

Read "Max Johnson: Big Eyed Rabbit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Max Johnson is one of the most prolific and versatile musician/composers in music today and likely on the verge of a major breakthrough. Barely past the year's mid-point Johnson has offered three fine releases with different groups and distinctly different styles. Recording with Kirk Knuffke on cornet on Johnson's namesake trio release The Invisible Trio ...