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Threads Orchestra: Ranch

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Threads Orchestra

Ranch

Self Produced

2012

There is a thriving UK jazz scene that is quickly being redefined by a new generation of jazz musicians, versed in traditional jazz forms, but in possession of an approach that's planted with both feet in the modern day.

The Threads Orchestra has now ...

Sunna Gunnlaugs: Keys For Traveling

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Pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs is back in the USA for a visit. Following on the heels of the critical success of 2011 release Long Pair Bond (Sunny Sky), Gunnlaugs will be touring from coast to coast beginning in Berkeley, California and hitting several cities along the way to a three-day grand finale in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She'll ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lynne Arriale: Solo

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Following up on her strong quartet album Convergence (Motema, 2011), pianist Lynne Arriale returns with a solo recording--a risky venture for any artist. In an ensemble setting, a musician has collaborators with whom to work and exchange ideas before the record button is punched, and more importantly, while the session is on the move. In ensemble ...

Josh Maxey: The Language of Sound and Spirit

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Josh Maxey

The Language of Sound and Spirit

Self Produced

2012

Sometimes it's all about setting the tone.

If done right, if the musician finds a way to indelibly stamp the album's vision in those brief opening moments, no matter what comes after, those notes are imprinted on the listener's ears. ...

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San Francisco Latin Jazz Society: This

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The San Francisco Latin Jazz Society is standing all by its lonesome in a corner of the jazz room. Filling a largely ignored niche, SFLJS channels late sixties Latin jazz à la Gato Barbieri and fuses it with the rock-jazz fusion that rose to prominence in the seventies with bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra and the Love, ...

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Will Fisher: Portage

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Whereas some drummers lead the charge and others spur on the ensemble from behind, Will Fisher takes the approach of examining the landscape from above and letting his rhythms settle down into the seams between the notes of others. The opening “The Great Karoo" puts this method on display right from word go. Guitarist Mikko Hilden ...

Theo Bleckmann: Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush

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Theo Bleckmann

Hello Earth! The Music Of Kate Bush

Winter & Winter

2012

The 1980s possessed an incongruous hope for the future against a backdrop of possible nuclear annihilation, as if in the darkest of times, society retreated to a naive state. This is a generalization that doesn't, obviously, represent the entire ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Motian Sickness: The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah

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There is an edge-of-sleep quality to the recently departed Paul Motian's drumming, and to much of the music he recorded. It's a dreaminess that reflects the spark of subconscious creativity even as the body sits at rest. For the Love of Sarah is a tribute to Motian's music, and from the opening moments it's like stepping ...

Piet Verbist: Zygomatik

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Piet Verbist

Zygomatik

Origin Records

2012

Zygomatik has the fiery groove of classic hard bop, but it's not that simple. There is a rock attitude to this album, and it's got a Motown sway. This is the kind of album that can be pointed to as a celebration of jazz and an ...

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An Open Letter to Musicians: Lemme Hear It!

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This begins a series of posts intended to give artists, labels, and promoters some insight into how I use the internet to discover and purchase music and how that knowledge might be used to the benefit of the artists.

I don't claim to be the prototypical music listener and buyer. I listen to, and ...