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Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018

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2018 was a terrific year for imaginative, well-executed recordings that cover the spectrum of instrumental configurations in creative jazz and freely improvised music. From Susana Santos Silva's mesmerizing solo trumpet to Ingrid Laubrock's formidable orchestra (and everything in between), the following choices are a cross-section of some of the best the year had to offer. Something ...


Angelika Niescier - Christopher Tordini - Tyshawn Sorey: The Berlin Concert

Read "The Berlin Concert" reviewed by Troy Dostert

For almost twenty years, German saxophonist Angelika Niescier has been creating forward-thinking jazz that expertly straddles the line between intricate structure and freewheeling energy. Nowhere was this aesthetic vision realized more acutely than on NYC Five (Intakt Records, 2016), her quintet album co-led with pianist Florian Weber. A delightful and infectious release, it signaled Niescier's rise ...


Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...


Mark Dresser Seven: Sedimental You

Read "Sedimental You" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early stages of his career, bassist/composer Mark Dresser was working with the likes of Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, and Gerry Hemingway. His long track record of working in composition and improvisation has made him one of the most respected artists in creative music. On Sedimental You, Dresser surrounds himself with a top tier ensemble ...


Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy

Read "Alloy" reviewed by Luca Canini

Certi dischi ci impiegano un po' ad arrivare. Hanno bisogno di una certa distanza, di tempo per sedimentare in fondo alle orecchie. Giorni, settimane, a volte mesi. Guai ad avere fretta: bisogna saperli aspettare con infinita pazienza, coccolarli e convincerli dolcemente a parlare.

Impresa che di fronte all'ostinato silenzio del timido Alloy, quarta ...


Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy

Read "Alloy" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey's fourth release as a leader, the intriguingly mystical Alloy, is a stimulating study of contrasts. The four, long Sorey originals are simultaneously expansive and intimate, somber yet with moments of subtle vibrance and stately yet brimming with spontaneity.

Sorey sticks to his main ax the drum set on the album ...


Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy

Read "Alloy" reviewed by John Ephland

Tyshawn Sorey's Alloy is, if nothing else, a wondrous reconfiguration of the so-called jazz piano trio. Some may quibble as to the nomenclature but drummer Sorey's four through-composed compositions are pure jazz expression, if what we mean by that term is melodic, harmonic and rhythmic improvisation within a larger context.

That Sorey is yet ...

Save the Date - Aprile 2015

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Addio inverno, addio salette umide e fredde, addio sciarpette e giacconi. Archiviato Bergamo Jazz (e archiviata dopo quattro anni la più che positiva direzione artistica di Enrico Rava), con l'affacciarsi della primavera fioccano festival e rassegne. Piazze, teatri, giardini e palchi all'aperto: da qui a settembre ci sarà solo l'imbarazzo della scelta. A noi di Save ...


Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy

Read "Alloy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

From an early age composer/drummer/educator Tyshawn Sorey has found creative outlets in not just music but in painting and literature as well. Never one to compartmentalize his own imagination, he has enthusiastically explored blues, gospel, classical and music for dance so it seems quite natural that his current music defies categories. Whether listening or writing, he ...


Andy Milne & Dapp Theory: Forward In All Directions

Read "Forward In All Directions" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On Forward in All Directions, pianist and bandleader Andy Milne brings various musical elements to play, including electronics and spoken word alongside some masterful playing and chemistry from his bandmates. The album kicks off with “Hopscotch," an up-tempo number centered on Aaron Kruziki's saxophone with a smart backbeat from the rhythm section. “Photograph" introduces electronics in ...