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Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe

Read "Unfiltered Universe" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Rez Abbasi, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and pianist Vijay Iyer share South Asian roots and have respectively incorporated many of the region's modalities and song-forms into the progressive jazz idiom at various points in time as solo artists or collaborators. Hence, the musicians coalesce for the third chapter of Abassi's Invocation group that merges South Asian ...

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Andrew Bain: Embodied Hope

Read "Embodied Hope" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Edinburgh-born drummer Andrew Bain's musical roots grew out of spells with The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied for his Bachelor of Music in classical and jazz percussion. He later moved to New York to study for his ...

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Oli Rockberger: Sovereign

Read "Sovereign" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Undoubtedly, Berklee College of Music educated keyboardist and singer Oli Rockberger possesses a truly irresistible voice. True, his compositions and vocal style are vaguely reminiscent of Mose Allison, Georgie Fame and Sting (and, pray, is that a bad thing?); but there's definitely a uniqueness to the delivery of his attractive and memorable songs. He's lived in ...

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Tim Armacost: Time Being

Read "Time Being" reviewed by Geno Thackara

From the initial trotting bass solo smoothly segueing into a toe-tapping slice of timeless bop, Time Being's opening jaunt makes an introduction fascinatingly tricky and inviting. Those familiar with the wide-ranging saxophonist Tim Armacost, however, know he's got much more still up his sleeve--and that no matter how complicated things get, they'll stay listenable and accessible ...

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Rez Abbasi: Unfiltered Universe

Read "Unfiltered Universe" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Rez Abbasi was born in Karachi, Pakistan but at the age of four his family moved to Los Angeles and at eleven he started learning guitar. Whilst there are undoubtedly some South Asian influences in his compositions, these are generally incidental or to be found “under the radar" as Abbasi himself puts it. In any case ...

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Jure Pukl & Matija Dedić: Hybrid

Read "Hybrid" reviewed by Roger Farbey

New York-based Slovenian saxophonist Jure Pukl and Croatian pianist Matija Dedić team-up with quartet completed by Matt Brewer on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums for an exciting set recorded in NYC in May 2016. Pukl has collaborated with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain" Watts, Dave Liebman and Vijay Iyer and Dedić's has performed ...

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Dee Byrne's Entropi: Moment Frozen

Read "Moment Frozen" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Whilst studying for her Masters at London's Trinity Laban Music Conservatoire of Music and Dance, altoist and composer Dee Byrne met her co-frontliner, trumpeter André Cannière where he's a visiting jazz tutor. Moment Frozen is the follow- up to Entropi's debut album New Era, released in June 2015 on the F-IRE Presents label.

The ...

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Gareth Lockrane: Fistfight At The Barndance

Read "Fistfight At The Barndance" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Gareth Lockrane started playing the flute at the age of ten and having played in various bands, he went on to study with Eddie Parker, Mark Lockheart and Hugh Fraser at the London's Royal Academy of Music from 1994 to 1998. Lockrane was a member of the UK's renowned National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to ...

Quinsin Nachoff: Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio

Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's interesting how modern jazz performers come to the music from very different circumstances than those of players of bygone eras. Instead of learning their craft in a bar or bagnio, they went to a conservatory to sharpen their chops. What they lack in perceived street-smarts (the outdated 1950s hipster delusion of jazzman as junkie), they ...

George Colligan: More Powerful

Read "More Powerful" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pianist George Colligan's twenty eighth album as leader sees him joined by long-time colleague Rudy Royston on drums, bassist Linda May Han Oh and newcomer Nicole Glover, Colligan's former student at Portland, on reeds. Colligan has a long career in jazz and, in addition to teaching at Portland State University where he's the Jazz Area Coordinator, ...


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