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

Read "Hunters & Scavengers" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nove brani a firma collettiva e la pagina più celebrata di Ornette Coleman compongono questo bell'album di un trio assolutamente paritario (anche se il merito di averlo riunito si deve al batterista Jeff Cosgrove) che propone un jazz in possesso dei sapori più veraci dell'avanguardia storica (peraltro senza particolari salti nel vuoto). In più di un ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

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The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

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Jeff Cosgrove/Matthew Shipp/William Parker: Near Disaster

Read "Near Disaster" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Is there such a phenomenon as free will? Most of us would like to think so. But consider for a moment, that every thought, decision, and action you make is a product of your DNA and the sum total of all your experiences. Sure, you make choices, but do you really have self-rule to over that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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, ...

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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: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2015

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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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

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. ...