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Ron Thomas / Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

One of the wonderful things about jazz is that it can be appreciated from more than one angle, oftentimes simultaneously: pure entertainment, art as entertainment, art as beauty and art as intellect among others. Some of this, of course, relates to music in general, but jazz as a genre has moved beyond any stylistic boundaries to ...

Ron Thomas/Paul Klinefelter: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Ron Thomas' talents range widely, from his Karlheinz Stockhausen-influenced electric outings like Elysium (Vectordisc, 2009), through his fluid free association piano trio sets, Music In Three Parts (Art Of Life Records, 2006) and Doloroso (Art of Life Records, 2006), to his mainstream outings that draw their inspiration from the late pianist Bill Evans--Two Lonely People ...

Dawda Jobareth/Stefan Pasborg: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Dawda Jobareth and Stefan Pasborg's Duo is unique on more than one level. A Gambian native, Jobareth is an authentic West African griot. The term--broadly associated with that region's storytellers/oral historians/minstrel artistic class--applies only to authentic griots, though the expression is widely borrowed or misused. Also unusual is the diversity of music that Jobareth has embarked ...

Ron Thomas: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The poet John Keats famously wrote: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever." That's the kind of album this is. It's one stretch of beautiful playing from beginning to end. It's not a “statement," it's not a “thing," it's not a “groove." It's just music that, taken as a whole becomes an “objet d'art," something ...

Starlicker: Double Demon

Read "Double Demon" reviewed by Troy Collins

Since the turn of the Millennium, cornetist Rob Mazurek has been one of the most intrepid explorers in the field of electro-acoustic jazz improvisation. From the seminal efforts of his flagship collective, the Chicago Underground (Duo to Orchestra), to recent endeavors like Exploding Star Orchestra, Mandarin Movie and his own self-titled Quintet, all of Mazurek's projects ...

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Marcin & Bartlomeij Brat Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Questo album è davvero impressionante. I due gemelli polacchi Marcin e Bartlomeij Brat Oles inventano una miriade di suoni che nessuno poteva immaginare essere presenti nelle potenzialità strutturali di un contrabbasso e di una batteria. Lo fanno con grande sapienza tecnica e con grande fantasia compositiva ed improvvisativa. La musica è fresca ed originale, piena di suggestioni, di ...

Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by John Sharpe

Faced with any bass and drums duo, the question is always going to be: does it pass the music minus one test? It is a brave and unforgiving furrow which not too many choose to plough. Of those that do, they often stretch the parameters by using tuned percussion or additional wind instruments like William Parker ...

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Marcin & Bartlomeij Brat Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The unexpected should be expected at the very visual that heralds the package of Duo by the twin brothers, Marcin Oles (bass) and Bartlomeij Brat Oles (drums). It suggests complete and utter deconstruction--from destruction to reconstruction--in the strongest possible way. The prospect of rippling water, suggesting the infinite, together with the circles within circles harking to ...

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Marcin & Bartlomiej Oles: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Twin brothers Marcin and Bartlomiej Brat Oles have lent a unique perspective to several jazz recordings. Both play instruments that provide the rhythm and impetus to front line musicians; but each has his own sense of dynamics and harmony that often gives the music an unexpected dimension.

The Oles brothers have developed their approach ...

Colter Frazier - Rob Wallace: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'improvvisazione la fa da padrona incontrastata in questo album del duo costituito da musicisti non molto noti come Colter Frazier e Rob Wallace. Attivi sulla scena della musica improvvisata della West Coast, i due suonano assieme dal 2005 e approdano in questa occasione alla loro prima incisione che viene prodotta e distribuita dalla gloriosa etichetta pfMENTUM, ormai un vero ...