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The Cry of Jay Rodriguez

Read "The Cry of Jay Rodriguez" reviewed by Michael Blake



On an unseasonably warm February evening I set out from Brooklyn to catch the multi-instrumentalist Jay Rodriguez's band at Le Poisson Rouge. While walking from the West 4th Street subway station to the venue on Bleecker Street I recalled taking this exact route over 30 years ago to play a jam session in the ...

Alberto Pinton Quartet: Live in Japan

Read "Live in Japan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

You never really recognize a musician or ensemble until you hear them live. In the studio, artists have the luxury of multiple takes and edits to fine-tune their sound. Live in concert, the trade-off for the lack of second takes, is the musicians' ability to feed off of the energies of the audience. Their true identities ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band, Frank Zappa, Antonello Salis e molto altro

Read "Riccardo Fassi: Tankio Band, Frank Zappa, Antonello Salis e molto altro" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Fondatore e leader della Tankio Band, una delle più innovative e longeve orchestre italiane, Riccardo Fassi eccelle anche in veste di pianista e tastierista in piccoli organici e come compositore di colonne sonore. L'occasione per quest'intervista ad ampio raggio e ricca di aneddoti, viene dalla pubblicazione con la Tankio Band del secondo capitolo sulle musiche di ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ton-Klami: Prophecy Of Nue

Read "Prophecy Of Nue" reviewed by John Sharpe

Another installment in the No Business Records series of unreleased Chap Chap label recordings licensed from Japan provides a fascinating glimpse of an unfamiliar soundworld. Prophecy Of Nue features the long lived group Ton-Klami live in concert in 1995. The band member best known in the West might be pianist Masahiko Satoh, who has recorded with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Die Enttäuschung: Lavaman

Read "Lavaman" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It has been twenty years since Die Enttäuschung recorded the music of Thelonious Monk, but Monk continues to be an essential component of their music making. This is also the case with Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd's music after their Monk cover band School Days (Emanem, 1975) disbanded. The concepts of Monk's music were integral in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Heath Watts: Bright Yellow with Bass

Read "Bright Yellow with Bass" reviewed by John Sharpe

Musicians gravitate towards the sprawling conurbations like New York and Chicago because of the potential for exposure, the pool of talented collaborators and the sheer pull of tradition. But if ever proof were needed that excellent music thrives outside of the these febrile centers, then it can be found on Bright Yellow With Bass. Soprano saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Yedo Gibson / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla: Chain

Read "Chain" reviewed by John Sharpe

Fast changing textural interplay is the name of the game on Chain which comprises six group inventions, all falling within the 8-14 minute bracket, recorded in Lisbon in June 2016. A familiar presence on the Amsterdam scene, Brazilian-born saxophonist Yedo Gibson appears the de facto leader of a collective trio, accompanied by Portuguese/Catalan drummer Vasco Trilla ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steve Lacy: Free For a Minute (1965/72)

Read "Free For a Minute (1965/72)" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Non erano mai stati ufficialmente ristampati su CD né Disposabilty né Sortie, due momenti a loro modo significativi nell'evoluzione del linguaggio del sassofonista Steve Lacy durante gli anni Sessanta.
Li ripropone oggi la Emanem, in un doppio CD completato da alcuni interessanti inediti.

Pubblicati originariamente in Italia (Lacy si era stabilito ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dave Zoller: Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk

Read "Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Younger readers may not believe this, but there was a time when all-Thelonious Monk tribute albums were a rarity. During most of Monk's lifetime, musicians focused on a few of his best-known tunes ("Round Midnight" was--and remains-- the obvious favorite). But then Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, and other champions of Monk began to devote whole albums ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Matt Mitchell, un pianoforte declinato al futuro

Read "Matt Mitchell, un pianoforte declinato al futuro" reviewed by Luca Canini

Se da un lato c'è Tim Berne che ti affida le chiavi del suo quartetto, e dall'altro Steve Coleman che al momento di mettere qualcuno davanti a una tastiera non esita a comporre il tuo numero, vuol dire che qualcosa di buono al pianoforte lo sai fare. Certo, poi serve anche altro per uscire definitivamente allo ...