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Bertrand Denzler / CoÔ: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by John Eyles

This release is particularly welcome as Potlatch Records has not released an album since Infra by Pascale Criton, in September 2017. As the label issued its first album--No Waiting, by Derek Bailey & Joëlle Léandre--in 1998, this is an opportunity to mark the ground-breaking label's twentieth anniversary, and send congratulations to proprietor Jacques Oger. It is ...

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Andy Jaffe Nonet + 4: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Gran bell'ensemble, quello messo assieme dal veterano Andy Jaffe per questo suo ambizioso progetto. Ne fanno parte nomi altisonanti, più un quartetto d'archi (di Taiwan) che si unisce qua e là (per esempio già nell'iniziale “Arc") al nonetto più squisitamente jazzistico.

Il materiale posto sul piatto è ottimamente oliato e confezionato, a trazione ...

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Andy Jaffe Nonet +4: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is difficult to get past the opening, and title track, to Andy Jaffe's Nonet recording Arc. The reason being, it is a flawless piece of music as it is written, arranged and performed. There is just something about this little waltz that is cinematic, in both the sense that it feels like the soundtrack to ...

Contrasting Faces of Spontaneous Music Ensemble

Read "Contrasting Faces of Spontaneous Music Ensemble" reviewed by John Eyles

For years, the Emanem label has had so many releases by Spontaneous Music Ensemble in its catalogue that it has become the de facto guardian of the SME legacy, the keeper of the flame. Although there have been excellent SME recordings on other labels--Karyobin (Island, 1968; Chronoscope, 1993) and Spontaneous Music Ensemble (Marmalade, 1969; Polydor, 1972) ...

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Arc: The Pursuit Of Happiness

Read "The Pursuit Of Happiness" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This album's title justifiably parallels the trio's radiant synergy. With their third release as a unit, this 2009 outing signifies the artists' initial employment of live electronics--a component that has been gaining steam with improvisation-centric bands over the years. But like anything else, good taste and using effects as an instrument stand as the antithesis of ...

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Falkner Evans: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Christopher Shoe

Falkner Evans is an accomplished composer, and the number of ASCAP award-winning compositions present on Arc attests to that and more. Comprised of nine tunes, ranging from original material to jazz and pop standards, this statement from Evans' trio with bassist Belden Bullock and drummer Matt Wilson is sure to leave listeners with a pleasant aftertaste ...

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Falkner Evans: Arc

Read "Arc" reviewed by Erik R. Quick

There has been considerable effort to redefine the means of expression regarding the standard jazz trio of piano, bass and drums. The world of contemporary popular music has been mined to provide unexpected material. Electronica furnishes additional textures which, perhaps, belie the inherent simplicity of a trio. Nevertheless, there are traditional stalwarts working to solidify the ...