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The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

Peter Evans, Michael Leonhart, Sean Lennon, Jambinai & Axiom

Read "Peter Evans, Michael Leonhart, Sean Lennon, Jambinai & Axiom" reviewed by Martin Longley

Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo Roulette April 15, 2019 Trumpeter Peter Evans is a very familiar figure on the extreme scene, but the percussionist and electronicist Levy Lorenzo will be a new name to most folks. The pair have been jointly penning compositions, but these nevertheless have the feel of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Eaton: Dialogical

Read "Dialogical" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A saxophonist and composer with uncommon ambition, Michael Eaton seems to recognize no limits whatsoever on his craft. He's played in virtually every style imaginable: free improvisation, Latin jazz, post-bop, classical, reggae and rock, just to scratch the surface--and he keeps company with a cross-section of today's cutting-edge players, including James Brandon Lewis, Michael Attias and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mats Holmquist: Together

Read "Together" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo la limitata collaborazione del 2017 in Big Band Minimalism il trombettista Randy Brecker e l'arrangiatore svedese Mats Holmquist realizzano un nuovo disco orchestrale passando dalla big band della radio lettone a una delle migliori big band europee, la finlandese Umo Jazz Orchestra. Il disco non è solo un alto esempio di mainstream ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Walt Weiskopf European Quartet: Worldwide

Read "Worldwide" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

These days a lot of jazz records seem to require a musical concept or an idea that unites the compositions on the album, but it doesn't have to be so complicated. After a tour in January 2019 with his European Quartet, tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf went into a studio in Copenhagen with the band, and a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero

Read "Absolute Zero" reviewed by Geno Thackara

While the music world has plenty of explorers, Bruce Hornsby is still one of its most restless Marco Polos. Where he's often made a habit of bouncing from one thing to another for a whole album at a time--solo contemporary piano, yee-haw bluegrass, piano-less folk, jazz trio, film score and stage musical--he's in full, glorious, kitchen-sink ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle

Read "Carla Bley Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Carla Bley Trio Dazzle Denver, CO March 24, 2019 At age 82, Carla Bley has been around. But not everywhere. Remarkably, her two nights at Dazzle last weekend marked her first appearances in Colorado as a performer. Still, the depth and scope of her past music-making is unmatched ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Read "Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Yamato Drummers Of Japan Grand Opera House February 18, 2019 The Yamato Drummers Of Japan tour regularly, a less august crew when compared to the old guard Kodō clan, more attuned to a modernised visual sense that makes their relationship with the taiko form less hardcore. Not that their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Walker: Ropes

Read "Ropes" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Ropes is Manchester-based guitarist Mike Walker's second album as a leader and it couldn't be much more different from his fusion-oriented debut Madhouse and the Whole Thing There (Hidden Idiom, 2008). This album is a jazz-with-strings affair and a fine one at that. The mood is mostly gentler, more reflective and more pastoral than on his ...

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Stephan Thelen and Sonar: Minimal Grooves at Maximum Volume

Read "Stephan Thelen and Sonar: Minimal Grooves at Maximum Volume" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Sonar Live at Moods 7d Media 2018 Imagine the gamelan-infused minimalism of 1980s King Crimson crossed with the droning heavy-rock menace of Sunn O))). Imagine Steve Reich if he discovered metal and turned to devil worship. You may be approaching the distinct neighborhood of Sonar, though their strange brew is far ...


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