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Paul Motian / Chris Potter / Jason Moran: Lost in a Dream

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Consider this album a blind date of sorts: Drummer Paul Motian-meets-pianist-Jason Moran, introduced by the matchmaker, saxophonist Chris Potter. Though Motian had worked once with Moran in 2006, this collaboration is a stunning example of the versatility and mastery of Motian's veteran technique. Recorded over a week of concerts at New York City's Village Vanguard, Motian's ...

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Infernal Machines

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From the first listening of this album, it is clear that Darcy James Argue intends to make a strong statement about the boundaries of musical genres--of jazz and new music--as well as about musical aesthetics and technology. This album consists of Argue's compositions for “big band" (or “large ensemble," depending on whom you ask) with a ...

Peter Brotzmann - Sweet Sweat & The Brain of the Dog in Section

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Peter Brotzmann / Paal Nilssen-Love
Sweetsweat
Smalltown Superjazz
2008

Peter Brotzmann / Fred Lonberg-Holm
The Brain of the Dog in Secton
Atavistic
2009



This is healthy music--the sounds of vim ...

Paul Motian: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. II

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This is indoor music: music for contemplating, sitting and smoking, letting it smolder in the ears and grow. Paul Motian, the veteran drummer whose mature, idiosyncratic percussive language has been shaped by years of playing with Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett and others, shines on this album: he seems completely at home, considered, even slow ...

Dave Douglas & Keystone: Live at Jazz Standard

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In 1961, Bob Thiele set up a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder at the Village Vanguard to record John Coltrane's quintet. Though there was no official plan for releasing the tapes, Thiele knew that recording every single night of these performances had to be done. The resulting release proves his historical foresight. In 2006, Greenleaf music took ...

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz

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What might seem the most innocuous music is often the most avant-garde, the most challenging; the spark that forces the question of what defines the boundaries of jazz. Gunther Schuller's “Journey Into Jazz," composed in 1962, is just that: a children's narrative, telling the story of one Eddie Jackson, “a boy who learned about jazz," a ...

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Cooper-Moore: The Cedar Box Recordings

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Cooper-Moore, at first glance, can be compared to a savant subway musician: eccentric, obsessed with repeating melodic and rhythmic patterns, fast, passionate, eye-catching. Though many subway musicians would never sound good besides the brief respite they afford a too-crowded platform, occasionally there is one that is so moving, so original and so well-composed that they warrant ...

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Lotte Anker / Sylvie Courvoisier / Ikue Mori: Alien Huddle

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On the face of it, Alien Huddle may seem like another notch on the belt for three well-seasoned veterans of experimental improvised music--each with her own language, capturing their collaboration and conversation in the studio, rather than in a club. Yet the experience of listening to this album proves that the meeting of these three musicians ...

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project: Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz

Read "Gunther Schuller: Journey Into Jazz" reviewed by Ted Gordon

What might seem the most innocuous music is often the most avant-garde, the most challenging, and the spark that forces the question as to what are the boundaries of jazz. Gunther Schuller's “Journey Into Jazz," composed in 1962, is just that. A children's narrative, it tells the story of one Eddie Jackson, “a boy who learned ...