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Francesco Guerri: Su Mimmi Non Si Spara!

Read "Su Mimmi Non Si Spara!" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The work of Italian cellist Francesco Guerri is wholly inclusive. It presents with both gravitas and playfulness, a classically-influenced standing and free- mindedness, and a general sense of wonder connected to the sculpting of sound. A solo recital set apart by an embrace of extended techniques, artful preparations and personalized tunings, Su Mimmi Non Si Spara! ...

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Keiji Haino / Merzbow / Balázs Pándi: Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer

Read "Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There are two ways to deal with an oncoming storm. One is to run and take cover, and the other is to confront its fury head-on. Sure, it's rare to require music listeners to plan a strategy before pressing play or dropping a needle to vinyl (this disc is released as a CD or 2-LP), but ...

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Bobby Previte: Rhapsody

Read "Rhapsody" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Rhapsody è la seconda parte della trilogia che Bobby Previte ha dedicato al tema del viaggio e dello sradicamento, intitolata Terminals. Si tratta di un lavoro ardito e complesso che testimonia della sensibilità che il batterista e compositore americano ha maturato in questi anni e che lo colloca in una dimensione assai diversa rispetto al jazz ...

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Chat Noir: Hyperuranion

Read "Hyperuranion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Celebrating its seventh release—and third album by this London-based band for Rare Noise—is an eclectic union of progressive rock, krautrock, jazz and ambient-electronica with pathways into futuristic techno-like permutations. In addition, pioneering Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer performs on four tracks. At times the program conveys sonic characteristics of a cathedral recording due to resonating licks ...

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The Jamie Saft Quartet: Hidden Corners

Read "Hidden Corners" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist John Coltrane's spiritual side came to prominence with 1965's A Love Supreme (Impulse! Records), and that's how he rolled—with ever- increasing fervor—until the end, soaring out of the solar system with Stellar Regions (Impulse, 1967), and extending his reach deep into the galaxy with Interstellar Space (Impulse, 1967) in his search for his version of ...

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Liebman, Rudolph & Drake: Chi

Read "Chi" reviewed by John Ephland

Chi is another trio outing with saxophonist Dave Liebman and percussionist Adam Rudolph, the third leg on this stool being drummer Hamid Drake. It is a kind of follow-up to 2018's alternately serene and propulsive The Unknowable (RareNoise), on which Liebman and Rudolph were joined by percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Unlike The Unknowable, Chi was recorded in ...

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Chat Noir: Hyperuranion

Read "Hyperuranion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Coming up with a title for a recording is an art form, and creative oddities pop up regularly. In 1963 bassist Charles Mingus presented Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (Impulse! Records); 2014 saw the release of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music). And now the group Chat Noir moves in a more ...

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Marilyn Mazur: Shamania

Read "Shamania" reviewed by Don Phipps

Marilyn Mazur's album Shamania is fascinating. Both impressionistic and abstract, it emphasizes wordless vocals and sounds while incorporating elements of global jazz and world music. The ten artists who play with Mazur are all women and hail from the Scandinavian avant-garde jazz scene.

Mazur's compositions are like kaleidoscopic postcards. The set begins with the ...

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Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake: Chi

Read "Chi" reviewed by Don Phipps

Recorded live at John Zorn's New York City experimental jazz club The Stone in May of 2018, the trio of saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Liebman and multi-instrumentalists/percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph use their album Chi to present amazing tone poems and dynamic musical explorations.

Liebman's full-throated saxophone voicings juxtapose with Drake and Rudolph's rolling ...

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Jamie Saft: You Don't Know The Life

Read "You Don't Know The Life" reviewed by Doug Collette

We should all be as comfortable in our own skin as Jamie Saft. Zen-like tranquility emanates from his music no matter the form of his projects: the ambient ensemble Plymouth, solo piano, vocals by Iggy Pop on Loneliness Road (RareNoise, 2017), or a small combo like his quartet. This multi- instrumentalist/composer is so secure in his ...