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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nature Work: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein and Greg Ward are two stalwart Chicago musicians who continually stretch boundaries and search for new experiences. Stein, a devotee of the bass clarinet, maintains two trios, Hearts & Minds (with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor) and Locksmith Isador (with Jason Roebke and Mike Pride), plus his quartet with Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

Read "Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 17-20, 2018

This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Hearts & Minds: Electroradiance

Read "Electroradiance" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It took millions and millions of years of evolution to produce dinosaurs that weighed 40 tons. Who'd have thunk it possible that those creatures are the ancestors of modern birds? Same consideration might be applied to the trio Heart & Minds. That is, if you're not into the whole creationist jazz scene. Some of those dinosaurs ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Read "The Other Side of Time" reviewed by Kevin Press

Albums that clock in at anything near 90 minutes are not automatically major works. On the other hand, this new effort from Quin Kirchner and Co. is hard to describe in any other terms. Kirchner's six-piece band has delivered a wide-ranging, powerful disc.

Things get rolling with the appropriately titled “Ritual." From the start, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, Frank Rosaly: Hearts & Minds

Read "Hearts & Minds" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Il clarinetto basso di Jason Stein, i sintetizzatori e le pianole di Paul Giallorenzo, la batteria e le diavolerie elettroniche di Frank Rosaly sono l'insolita miscela che accende i motori di Hearts & Minds album ad alto gradiente di ottani di questo trio che aggiunge un ulteriore tassello all'effervescente scena musicale di Chicago.

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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Frank Rosaly: Hearts & Minds

Read "Hearts & Minds" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When the Chicago trio of Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo, and Frank Rosaly, known as Hearts & Minds, plays music Sun Ra smiles from somewhere interplanetary. Not that the mighty Ra favored small groups, he mostly worked with his large Arkestra, rather, it's that the wellspring for this 21st century music are his concepts and instrumentation. Sun ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ken Hohman's Top Jazz Releases of 2014

Read "Ken Hohman's Top Jazz Releases of 2014" reviewed by Ken Hohman

I'd taken a six month hiatus from my radio show, Freedom Jazz Dance, to concentrate on other things. Turns out my timing couldn't have been worse. I was inundated with so many excellent recordings in 2014 that my head was spinning. Fortunately, I now had the time to truly enjoy them! Here are the lucky 13 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Giallorenzo's Git Go: Force Majeure

Read "Force Majeure" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Pur essendo assai attivo sulla scena di Chicago non solo come pianista e compositore per teatro, danza, cinema ma anche come promotore culturale e creatore di eventi, Paul Giallorenzo è figura poco nota al di fuori dei patri confini. Pianista che fonde in uno stile originale la lezione di Thelonious Monk con quella di Cecil Taylor, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Timothy Daisy: October Music (Vol. 1) 7 Compositions For Duet

Read "October Music (Vol. 1) 7 Compositions For Duet" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In 2001 drummer Tim Daisy replaced Tim Mulvenna in Vandermark 5. From that instant, his career has evolved first as a sideman to composer/saxophonist Ken Vandermark in V5, Bridge 61, Resonance Ensemble, The Frame Quartet, and more recently in Audio One and Made To Break. Next he distinguished himself with fellow Chicago musicians in Dave Rempis' ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Paul Giallorenzo's Git Go: Force Majeure

Read "Force Majeure" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist Paul Giallorenzo's Force Majeure, his second album with his ensemble GitGo, covers a wide variety of motifs but maintains a consistently stimulating, darkly hued ambience. This and Giallorenzo's unique style and modal harmonies give the disc its cohesive character.

The music ranges from the free flowing, five-way conversation on “A Tone" to the ...