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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Kimbrough: Solstice

Read "Solstice" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Frank Kimbrough's latest offering, Solstice on the Pirouet label, is a joy from beginning to end.

Pirouet is the home of some other fine piano trios, including those of Marc Copland (see Some Love Songs, Modinha, Voices and Night Whispers).

Copland, arguably working from the Bill Evans aesthetic is, of course, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A theme for this year's list? How about “Jazz Unbound?" I initially planned on placing my picks into different categories, as I've often done in the past. But I thought better of it. The releases that caught my ear in 2015 cover the entire spectrum of possibility--winning straight-ahead outings, audacious affairs, dynamic debuts, intimate encounters, stellar ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove, Frank Kimbrough, Martin Wind: Conversations with Owls

Read "Conversations with Owls" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

La batteria è il polo di attrazione di questo trio ben affiatato, accomunato da personalità musicali che amano discostarsi dagli schemi fraseologici più comuni. Il drumming frastagliato di Jeff Cosgrove proietta la vena impressionistica un po' malinconica di Frank Kimbrough in un ambito più astratto ed accademico. La rielaborazione di “My Favorite Things" mette bene in ...

Jeff Cosgrove/Frank Kimbrough/Martin Wind: Conversations With Owls

Read "Conversations With Owls" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Returning to the microphones after producing the scintillating Alternating Current, drummer Jeff Cosgrove pulls together a completely different trio for the marvelous Conversations With Owls.

The mystery of improvisation is explained by Jean-Michel Pilc in his important book, It's About Music as when the music plays the musician. There is no beginning and end; ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove/Frank Kimbrough/Martin Wind: Conversations With Owls

Read "Conversations With Owls" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The opening track to drummer Jeff Cosgrove's third release under his own name is The Owl, listening to his composition brings to mind poet Carl Sandburg's words, “The fog comes/on little cat feet/It sits looking/over harbor and city/on silent haunches/and then moves on." The composition is not what you might expect from a drummer led recording. ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Memories in Motian

Read "Memories in Motian" reviewed by Zeno De Rossi

Poco dopo aver appreso la triste notizia della morte di Paul Motian, avvenuta il 22 novembre 2011, ho sentito la forte esigenza di ri-tuffarmi in profondità nella sua musica.

In seguito, dopo aver letto un toccante scritto di Ellery Eskelin (pubblicato sul suo sito e riportato qui di seguito), pensai che sarebbe stato ...

Jeff Cosgrove: Alternating Current

Read "Alternating Current" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Alternating Current is a completely entrancing recording that captures three master players listening and responding in real time.

Both Matthew Shipp and William Parker thrive in the completely improvised arena, which is why drummer Jeff Cosgrove wanted them for this project. A second reason might have been that neither musician had ever played a ...

Your Shipp Has Come In

Read "Your Shipp Has Come In" reviewed by Mark Corroto

These two guest appearances demonstrate that pianist Matthew Shipp has become an elder statesman in the jazz world. How that happened can be boiled down to two simple elements. One: he has created a unique sound and language for improvised music and two: Shipp has become a doyen of cutting edge music making and opinion.

Jeff Cosgrove: Alternating Current

Read "Alternating Current" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer Jeff Cosgrove certainly knows how to draw attention to himself. For his third album the DC area-based drummer enlists the services of two avant jazz icons in pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker. Just what a coup this is can be gauged from the fact that Shipp's previous sideman dates have included the legendary ...

Jeff Cosgrove: Alternating Current

Read "Jeff Cosgrove: Alternating Current" reviewed by Ian Patterson

"Playing music is like doing heart surgery," bassist William Parker told interviewer Radhika Philiip in Being Here: Conversations on Creating Music (Radio.org, 2013). “Every time you hit a note, someone's life is on the line, and so you can't fool around."

Serious intent and intense focus are the cornerstones of these playful dialogues between ...


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