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Snaggle: The Long Slog

Read "The Long Slog" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In the art world, labeling oneself as “the next (fill in the blank)" or “(name of country)'s answer to (fill in the blank)" is a risky ploy that may reap short-term benefits in terms of quickly generating a fan base, but may actually be detrimental in terms of creative sustainability. The jny:: Toronto-based jazz-funk- rock sextet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ligro: Dictionary 3

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Ligro is yet another one of MoonJune Records' stellar discoveries from Indonesia. One says “Indonesia" with caution, as each member of this supremely energetic fusion power trio hails from a culturally different part the vast region: bassist, occasional pianist, and chief composer Adi Darmawan is from Madura, drummer Gusti Hendy is from South Kalimantan and guitarist ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

The Phil Woods Six: Live from the Showboat

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The Phil Woods Six
Live from the Showboat
Sony Music Japan
2015 (1977)

With the sad passing of Phil Woods on September 29, 2015, what better way to honor the career of this alto (and occasionally soprano) saxophone giant with the Rediscovery of a live album that, long out of print--and previously only available ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

John Abercrombie: Characters

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John Abercrombie
Characters
ECM Records
1978

Guitarist John Abercrombie's emergence as a guitarist of singularity seems, in retrospect to have happened very quickly. A band member in the horn-driven jazz-rock band Dreams alongside drummer Billy Cobham and the Brecker Brothers, as well as stints with fusion keyboardist Barry Miles, saxophonist Gato Barbieri and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Pinto & All India Permit: All India Permit

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The recipient of a Fulbright / Nehru Scholarship, guitarist and composer Alex Pinto chose to study and teach for a year at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) in Tamil Nadu, India. The Seattle native quickly made his way into the burgeoning Indian jazz scene, gathering New Delhi-based drummer Tarun Balani and bassist Abhinav Khokhar to ...

Take Five With Mark Alban Lotz

Read "Take Five With Mark Alban Lotz" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Mark Alban Lotz: Improviser and composer. Exponent of the new generation of truly European jazz musicians. Highly skilled and broadly informed heading for something new. Gained a lot international acclaim for his interpretations of Afro-Cuban religious folklore, quickly followed by his creations of: “Pygmee-Bop" and “Whisper Music." In his music Mark builds a bridge between ...