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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

George Schuller's Circle Wide: Listen Both Ways

Read "Listen Both Ways" reviewed by Troy Collins

Listen Both Ways is the first studio recording by drummer George Schuller's longstanding Circle Wide quintet to concentrate primarily on his original compositions. The group's previous Playscape releases, 2003's Round 'Bout Now and 2008's Like Before, Somewhat After, paid homage to the seminal efforts of famous post-war bandleaders--trumpeter Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet on the former ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Saxophonist David S. Ware: 1949-2012

Saxophonist David S. Ware: 1949-2012

David S. Ware's longtime manager Steven Joerg, the family's official spokesman, has issued the following statement: Last night, saxophonist and composer David S. Ware succumbed to complications from his 2009 kidney transplant at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was 62. His remains will be cremated and a musical memorial service will be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Morris / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Altitude

Read "Altitude" reviewed by John Sharpe

Guitarist Joe Morris is on a roll. Hardly a month goes by without a new release featuring the Boston-based musician. Of course, he doubled his chances by adding acoustic bass to his armory alongside his six-stringed axe. It's the latter he wields on this trio date featuring bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver, captured at ...

Joe Morris/ William Parker/ Gerald Cleaver: Altitude

Read "Altitude" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Of all the possible combinations and permutations of modern improvising jazzmen, it's a wonder that the trio of guitarist Joe Morris, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver have never worked together as a unit. Luckily in 2011, at the urging of label chief Steven Joerg, the trio got together for two sets at The Stone ...

Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges

Read "Bending Bridges" reviewed by Troy Collins

The widely celebrated 2010 debut of Mary Halvorson's Quintet, Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12), confirmed the young guitarist's growing reputation with a selection of urbane compositions as impressive as her idiosyncratic improvisations. Bending Bridges expands upon the previous album's concepts, offering further proof of Halvorson's burgeoning talent, reinforced by an even greater sense of accord within the ...

Darius Jones Quartet: Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)

Read "Book of Mae'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) is the third release from Darius Jones to document his impressive musical growth as a bandleader. Beyond his salient contributions to groups such as Little Women, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys and Tanakh, Jones' 2009 AUM Fidelity debut, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing), established the young ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David S. Ware: Organica

Read "Organica" reviewed by Nic Jones

If it wasn't apparent before that David S. Ware has gravity, now it is. There's always been authority in his saxophone playing, but with the passing of time the gravity of his work has become more apparent, as if every note he plays is now invested with the wealth of life's experiences.

This ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)

Read "Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)" reviewed by Troy Collins

Darius Jones' debut recording, Man'ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity, 2009), heralded the arrival of an important new voice on alto saxophone. Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) is the second release in an ongoing series of concept records slated to document Jones' personal development--from his origins in Richmond, Virginia to his relocation as ...

David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

Read "Planetary Unknown" reviewed by Troy Collins

Renowned saxophonist David S. Ware continues to explore new avenues following his successful kidney transplant two years ago. Since then, Ware released Saturnian (AUM Fidelity, 2009), a stoic solo set, and Onecept (AUM Fidelity, 2010), a bristling trio excursion with bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith. Planetary Unknown surpasses even these notable recordings, featuring an ...

KLANG: Other Doors

Read "Other Doors" reviewed by Troy Collins

Though he has long admired the small combo recordings of legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman, Chicago-based clarinetist James Falzone never intended to record a tribute to the revered King of Swing. As a former student of modern composition at the New England Conservatory with a strong presence in Chicago's fertile free-improvisation scene, Falzone assumed his youthful gigs ...


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