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Miguel Angelo: I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert

Read "I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Miguel Angelo is a Portuguese bassist whose main occupation is keeping the beat going for other musicians in various groups. If playing in bands is his “bread and butter" job, then it follows that a solo bass recording would be his “dessert."

For most of this effort, Angelo plucks and bows with a deep, resonant ...

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Miguel Angelo: I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert

Read "I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In addition to his numerous sideman appearances, Portuguese bassist Miguel Ângelo has released a couple quartet albums under his own name: Branco (2013) and A Vida de X (2016), both of which possess a strong tuneful vitality. Although the format is very different, Ângelo's decision to release a solo-bass recording this time around does make sense, ...

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Miguel Angelo: I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert

Read "I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We can all agree that music is perceived and enjoyed through the sensory faculty known as hearing. Certainly, but a musical performance is enhanced when an additional sense is summoned, like the visual when attending a production. In the case of this solo performance by bassist Miguel Ângelo, that additional sense is touch. With I Think ...

Per Gärdin/Pedro Lopes/Rodrigo Pinheiro: History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy

Read "History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's interesting just how much place influences a recording. Was the session captured in a hermetically sealed studio or a noisy jazz club? Is the sound engineered or merely captured? And how does the architecture of the recording space effect the sound? Sound experimentalist Pauline Oliveros often recorded in an empty water cistern, timing notes against ...

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Paulo Chagas/Samuel Hällkvist/Stephan Sieben: Days Are Not Days

Read "Days Are Not Days" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When an improvised recording presents itself as a meteor, some foreign object from another civilization, like Days Are Not Days does, we should rejoice that it has entered our atmosphere and like a bolide, exploded upon contact.

Okay, this recording by Portuguese saxophonist and flutist Paulo Chagas, and guitarists Samuel Hällkvist, from Sweden, and ...

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Nico Chientaroli: Cada Fuego Es El Primero

Read "Cada Fuego Es El Primero" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Argentinian pianist (by way of Amsterdam) Nicolás Chientaroli delivers a solo performance that demonstrates the piano's architectural sound beyond the usual demarcation points of its 88 keys. Cada Fuego Es El Primero opens with plucked strings, then a massage of the prepared insides of the instrument. “Fuego Hipnótico" reminds listeners the corpus of the piano is ...

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Mia Zabelka: Monday Sessions

Read "Monday Sessions" reviewed by John Eyles

Live in concert, Austrian violinist Mia Zabelka is an electrifying performer, whether appearing solo or with others. In any context, she has the uncanny knack of commanding the stage and always being the centre of an audience's attention, achieved by the intensity and focus of her performances, rather than any gratuitous showmanship. (For a typical example, ...

Natsuki Tamura, Alexander Frangenheim: Nax

Read "Nax" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Quello che non avreste mai voluto sapere dell'improvvisazione radicale e vi arriva invece fra capo e collo: ecco cosa ci offre questo CD, inciso a Berlino del gennaio 2013 in duo fra il bassista, appunto berlinese, Alexander Frangenheim e il trombettista nipponico Natsuki Tamura (altrove ben altrimenti convincente: vedi il quartetto Gato Libre e i lavori ...

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Ensemble Progresivo: Hesitancy

Read "Hesitancy" reviewed by John Eyles

Ensemble Progresivo was formed in 2007 by saxophonist/clarinetist Ricardo Tejero after he had an idea of working with improvisation within a compositional context. Although he was not the first to have such an idea, Tejero says that his method of making music was born with the band. As with several other successful London-based improvising ensembles (Roland ...

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Natsuki Tamura, Alexander Frangenheim: Nax

Read "Nax" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Natsuki Tamura has long straddled the divide between free improvisation and lyrical jazz. The latter has been adequately and beautifully represented in his work with Gato Libre. That quartet features his wife and occasional duo partner--the pianist and accordionist Satoko Fujii--and combines elements of folk, chamber and modern jazz. In contrast, much of his solo ...