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Kenny G: Playin' It Straight

Read "Playin' It Straight" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Kenny G has been categorized as a jazz musician by record companies simply because he plays saxophone. The reality is that his style is actually banal pop consisting of repetitious melodies with short passages of bland improvisation and, occasionally, long-held notes to show off his grasp of circular breathing—a technique Clark Terry and Rahsaan Roland Kirk ...

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Choi Sun Bae: Arirang Fantasy

Read "Arirang Fantasy" reviewed by John Sharpe

A 1995 meeting in Tokyo between Korean and Japanese proponents of the art of free jazz furnishes another entry in the Chap Chap series of improvised encounters issued by the Lithuanian NoBusiness imprint. From Korea, Arirang Fantasy introduces trumpeter Choi Sun Bae, who also features alongside Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki on Kami Fusen (NoBusiness, 2017), and ...

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Thelonious Monk Revisited

Read "Thelonious Monk Revisited" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Thelonious Monk once said “play what you want and let the public pick up on what you are doing even if it does take them 15, 20 years." Luckily, he lived long enough to become fully embraced and celebrated before his passing. However, it's after his death that his music has really become central to the ...

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Franz Koglmann / Bill Dixon: Opium For Franz

Read "Opium For Franz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This gem of a recording has been a collector's dream prize for decades. Recorded and released in the mid-1970s on flugelhorn/trumpeter Franz Koglmann's Pipe Recordings, each copy of Opium For Franz was issued with an original hand painted cover. Back in the day, we wouldn't speak of a limited issue release, even though this one probably ...

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Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Sentirli e vederli dal vivo è un'esperienza auspicabile e appagante, il palco è la dimensione ideale per rimandare all'ascoltatore tutta l'energia della loro musica, una miscela esplosiva di free jazz, avanguardia, funky, tradizione europea. Stiamo parlando degli Atomic tra i primi a ribellarsi alle sonorità di un jazz scandinavo marchiato ECM e diventati nel corso degli ...

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Franz Koglmann / Steve Lacy: Flaps

Read "Flaps" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A bit of surface noise on the reissue of 1973's Flaps--originally issued by Franz Koglmann's Pipe Records--can be easily excused. This long out- of-print collectors vinyl has been made available by Black Monk Records, and we can now rejoice.

Steve Lacy went to Vienna and made this somewhat strange recording with the then relatively ...

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Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Read "Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Josh Sinton is a member of the Brooklyn jazz community who has been making a name for himself with his baritone sax, playing in contexts like his Steve Lacy repertoire band, Ideal Bread. His free-wheeling Predicate Trio with cellist Christopher Hoffman and drummer Tom Rainey is a combustible unit that showcases his more improvisational side.

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Zlatko Kaućić: Diversity

Read "Diversity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This 5-CD box Diversity was produced to honor Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič's 40 years in music. It is many things, but what it is not, is a career retrospective. How could it be? For quite awhile the drummer was a nomad, moving to Barcelona in 1976, then Amsterdam where he absorbed the new Dutch swing. His ...

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Enzo Rocco, Ferdinando Faraò: Fields

Read "Fields" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Enzo Rocco e Ferdinando Faraò sono due musicisti che si muovono spesso in molteplici contesti musicali, ma che hanno sempre di mira la sperimentazione e sono accomunati da un forte interesse per l'improvvisazione più libera--testimoniata dalle collaborazioni di Rocco con personalità del calibro di Giancarlo Schiaffini e Lol Coxhill e dall'impegno profuso da Faraò nell'Artchipel Orchestra. ...

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Atomic: Pet Variations

Read "Pet Variations" reviewed by John Eyles

Formed in the spring of 2000, Scandinavian “supergroup" Atomic recorded and released their first album Feet Music (Jazzland) in 2001. The years since have been remarkably stable for the quintet; they have produced albums at an impressive rate of about a disc a year, including two collaborations with Ken Vandermark's School Days group. The only change ...