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Playing Catch Up With 2019

Read "Playing Catch Up With 2019" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There always seems to be a constant flow of worthwhile new music coming out, so much that it is to be impossible to cover it all within its calendar year. Here are seven notable releases from the last few months of 2019. Gebhard Ullmann mikroPULS Intuition 2019 The ...

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Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More

Read "Jaimie Branch, Nick Dunston, Malleus Trio, Quartet Next and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her 'tude and much-praised talent to her follow-up recording to Fly or Die in Fly Or Die II--Bird Dog of Paradise. Her music is even more incendiary as she turns her attention to the current state of political and social unrest in America. Also making debuts this week are the Malleus Trio ...

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Don Cherry Tribute, Four Visions, Alberto Pinton & Earprint

Read "Don Cherry Tribute, Four Visions, Alberto Pinton & Earprint" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The late trumpeter Don Cherry had and still has a huge influence on the creative music scene, from his work with Ornette, Coltrane, Old And New Dreams, CODONA, and Carla Bley to his exploration and fusion of world music. That influence led Italian drummer/percussionist, Cristiano Calcagnile, to form an ensemble to perform a tribute to Cherry ...

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John Yao's Triceratops: How We Do

Read "How We Do" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Trombonist and bandleader John Yao possesses a penchant for imposing ambitious artistic constraints on himself. How We Do continues that trend with a newly formed quintet comprised only of three horns, bass, and drums. Yao further ups the ante by composing demanding pieces that often careen from one stylistic approach to another within the same tune. ...

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Yao/Smith/Hughes Sextet: The Gates

Read "The Gates" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

More water from the seemingly inexhaustible Detroit hard bop well. Saxophonist James Hughes and trumpeter Jimmy Smith are known for their own Hughes Smith Quintet, as heard on Motion (Self Produced, 2018) and Ever Up & Onward (Self Produced, 2016)--two red-hot recordings in that tradition. Here they are joined by co-leader John Yao on trombone, and ...

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John Yao Quintet: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As human beings we tend to take the very notion of presence for granted, be it the presence of a loved one in our lives, the presence manufactured by our own actions as we present ourselves to the world, or the presence of all that comes and goes in our daily existence. For some reason these ...

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Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Humanity Part II, the oracular title of bassist Robert Sabin's new album, may summon images of a Mel Brooks parody (Part I must have slipped past us), the music itself is decidedly serious. In the liner notes, wherein he references Albert Camus, Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Ravel and Dario Argento, Sabin makes ...

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John Yao: Flip-Flop

Read "Flip-Flop" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On his 2012 debut, trombonist John Yao navigated multiple complex territories ranging from the experimental to traditional balladry. A regular presence on the New York scene, Yao has worked with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Arturo O'Farrill's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Having absorbed those big band sensibilities, Yao graduates from his inaugural quintet to a seventeen-piece ensemble. ...

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John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument: Flip-Flop

Read "Flip-Flop" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Music aside, you have to love the name of this band: John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument. Now there's confidence with a capital C! Yao, a New York City-based trombonist who arrived there from his native Chicago more than a decade ago, has more recently turned his hand to composing and arranging. Yao writes with the ...

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John Yao: Flip-Flop

Read "Flip-Flop" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

The trombone is one of jazz's secret weapons. Not as ubiquitous as the saxophone or as iconic as the trumpet in the popular imagination, it nonetheless holds a powerful position as one of jazz's defining instruments. It's also the case that the trombone appears to be currently experiencing a renaissance--one which trombonist, composer, and bandleader John ...


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