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No Euros Required

Read "No Euros Required" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a heavy European flavour to this episode as we explore the current scene in eleven different countries. Two albums on the Hungarian BMC label introduce BMC's latest round of releases: pianist Aki Takase (Germany) & her band, Japanic, and saxophonist Istvan Grensco & his Collective Special 5 (Hungary), which features the great American reed man, ...

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Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More

Read "Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

My music GPS keeps pointing to bassist Carlos Bica for riveting music. His new release I Am the Escaped One finds him heading in a different direction than the usual guitar trio. This time he's working with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe. The result is captivating. Bica is now living in Germany but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Bisio / Kirk Knuffke / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Requiem for a New York Slice

Read "Requiem for a New York Slice" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This remembrance of Mike Panico, the owner, producer, and partner with Kevin Reilly of Relative Pitch Records was recored just three days after his death. Kudos to Iluso Records for honoring their fallen colleague with this very special recording. The trio heard here are bassist Michael Bisio, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. Knuffke and ...

Matthew Shipp Announces Presidential Campaign

Read "Matthew Shipp Announces Presidential Campaign" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I like to think about Matthew Shipp's music in the same light as that of Eric Dolphy and Charlie Parker. If both artists, Bird and Dolphy, had the level of support from critics and listeners that they currently command while they were still alive, the pair would have been wealthy. Okay, that plus honest record companies ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Signature

Read "Signature" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the period of 2017-2018, the leading avant-garde and free jazz pianist Matthew Shipp performed and recorded in a variety of small group settings. Often, he was paired with reed players such as Allen Lowe, Mat Walerian, Daniel Carter, Roscoe Mitchell and on an astounding dozen albums with Ivo Perelman. But it is in solo piano ...

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Mat Maneri / Matthew Shipp: Conference Of The Mat/ts

Read "Conference Of The Mat/ts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There have been 7,128 days that have passed since Mat Maneri and Matthew Shipp have recorded a duo together, but who's counting? I guess we are. The Conference Of The Mat/ts session from November of 2017 may have followed Gravitational Systems (Hatology, 2000) by 19 years, 6 months and 4 days, but the pair have been ...

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Chris Pasin: Ornettiquette

Read "Ornettiquette" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Included on an album dedicated to the legendary Ornette Coleman, it is “Ghosts," a composition by saxophonist Albert Ayler. Trumpeter Chris Pasin assembled an impressive collection of musicians to record Ornettiquette with Karl Berger and vocalist Ingrid Sertso, both connected to the 1960s revolution through their work with Coleman and Don Cherry. In addition, there's saxophonist ...

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Rich Halley 3: The Literature

Read "The Literature" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A native of Oregon, saxophonist Rich Halley spent enough time in Chicago to absorb the ethos of the AACM and intermingle the influences of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, and Ornette Coleman, to name a few of his inspirations. Over his thirty-five year recording career he has worked with Michael Bisio, Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, ...

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Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

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Matthew Shipp Quartet: Sonic Fiction

Read "Sonic Fiction" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The ESP-Disk label simultaneously has released two distinctly different leader dates from Matthew Shipp. Zero is an excellent solo piano album, and here, we have Shipp's namesake quartet on the ten-track Sonic Fiction. The shared deference and camaraderie in this free-spirited outing allows for an appreciation of even the slightest details and distinctions--elements that can easily ...