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Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano: Hunters & Scavengers

Read "Hunters & Scavengers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the 1980s, artist Jenny Holzer created short, pithy statements projected by LED lights in museums and onto Times Square. Her now famous “Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise" text sums up not only the #MeToo movement and the #BlackLivesMatter cry, but also to some extent, the music industry. The vertical construction of many jazz ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain

Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If music was sports, then Ivo Perelman would be baseball and most other musicians football. Where football's regular season is 16 games, baseball plays 162. Likewise, most musicians release one album every year or two, but Perelman has averaged seven titles per year for the last seven years. His 2017 Leo Records output is thirteen (fourteen, ...

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.