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Angles 9: Beyond Us

Read "Beyond Us" reviewed by John Sharpe

Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen's versatile Angles agglomeration has appeared in assorted sizes from a trio up to a nonet. But whatever the dimensions, it possesses the familiar virtues of driving riffs, explosive soloing, and elemental yet affecting melodies. Beyond Us, recorded live during Groningen's splendid Summer Jazz Cycling Tour is no different. It's the fourth release ...

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Angles 9: Beyond Us

Read "Beyond Us" reviewed by John Bricker

Across their discography, Angles 9 constantly evoke powerful emotions through finely-tuned chaos. In the near-traditional jams of 2014's Injuries and the abstract noise of 2017's Disappeared Behind the Sun, the sheer kinetic energy of nine gifted players, led by saxophonist Martin Küchen, working together while competing for a moment in the spotlight, creates unique and spellbinding ...

Angles 3: Parede

Read "Parede" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This European improvising super-group reverts back to the original trio format, captured live at a Portuguese venue. Here, reedman Martin Küchen teams with fellow Scandinavians (now residing in the US), bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Kjell Nordeson. In effect, it's an invigorating performance and designed with great focus, as the musicians don't blow matters out ...

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Martin Kuchen: Baza

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On Baza Swedish reedman Martin Küchen joins forces with Polish acoustic bass guitarist Rafal Mazur for a seat-of-the-pants duet, recorded live at the titular Krakow club. Issued as a limited edition LP, but also available as a download, the program contains two cuts also named after the venue. While Küchen may be best known for his ...

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Ed Pettersen - Martin Küchen - Roger Turner: The End of the Universe

Read "The End of the Universe" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

It may be a matter of semantics, but does the album title imply the physical end to the universe where all matter is extinguished, or is the trio at the edge of the universe and framing their collective improvisational skills on that notion? Either way, the music iterated here musters a cosmic reference point for these ...

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Mountweazel, Tim Haldeman & More

Read "Mountweazel, Tim Haldeman & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Musicians are no different than many of us as we move from place to place for reasons of opportunity, love, employment, school, freedom, safety and peace. This week's edition of One Man's Jazz features three sax players who have done just that. Sweden's Alberto Pinton is Italian, but has lived in Sweden for many years. You'll ...

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Giuseppe Doronzo: Goya

Read "Goya" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Italian baritone saxophonist Giuseppe Doronzo is the type of restless artist that continually looks for new resources from which to expand on the language of his instrument. In recent years he has utilized a variety of format platforms as launching points. With the self-titled debut of the quintet Falga (Self-Produced, 2016) and the subsequent AVA Trio ...

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Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases

Read "Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Back in January 2018, for all intents and purposes, Cuneiform Records shut down most of their operation. A total reassessment of their position in the industry and the state of the industry itself were scheduled. Would they be back or not? Lo and behold, some months later they returned and we have to thank Mary Halvorson, ...

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From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen

Read "From Glen Hall and Gil Evans to Charles Lloyd to Martin Kuchen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Saxophonistically speaking... this episode has an abundance of fine saxophonists lurking throughout, from Glen Hall (with Gil Evans in Gil's last project) to Frenchman Denis Guivarc'h with Hubert Dupont to Jake Wark with Chicago pianist Matt Piet. You want more? David Liebman in No Fast Food, the late Dewey Redman, Matt Nelson with Brandon Lopez, Brad ...