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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nick Mazzarella Trio: Counterbalance

Read "Counterbalance" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he is well-accustomed to working in other settings, alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella is perhaps at his strongest in a trio format: specifically, the sax-bass-drums configuration that allows for both maximum harmonic freedom and focused rhythmic interaction. In 2017 his Meridian Trio (featuring bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Jeremy Cunningham) released Triangulum (Clean Feed), an excellent ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes

Read "The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Whereas some record labels try to limit their aesthetic to a certain sound, others take pride in challenging the conventions of genre. Matthew Golombisky, the founder of ears&eyes Records, belongs to the latter category. His philosophy is very clear, as he points out in the label profile that can be read on this site: “My motto ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

Read "ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Meridian Trio: Triangulum

Read "Triangulum" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2017 is proving to be something of a breakout year for alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella. He recently released Signaling, a superb freely-improvised duo recording with cellist Tomeka Reid, and now he's followed it up with this excellent outing from the Meridian Trio, where he is joined by his colleagues Matt Ulery on bass and Jeremy Cunningham ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The world seems more uncertain than ever before, but in times of uncertainty, music provides comfort and a hope that it is actually possible to communicate across borders, whether they be physical or psychological.

Among the releases that caught my attention this year, the one that meant most to me by far is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeremy Cunningham Quartet: re: dawn (from far)

Read "re: dawn (from far)" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since he moved to Chicago in 2009, Jeremy Cunningham has been a vital addition to the jazz environment and his debut as a leader, re: dawn (from far) , shows an assured musician and composer who effortlessly taps into the great musical tradition of the city.

Cunningham has teamed up with one of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeremy Cunningham Quartet: re : dawn (from far)

Read "re : dawn (from far)" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Le presenze di Jeff Parker, storico chitarrista di Tortoise, e di Matt Ulery, contrabbassista e band leader tra i più interessanti e richiesti dell'ultima generazione, alimentava grandi aspettative riguardo l'album di debutto da leader di Jeremy Cunningham, promettente batterista della nuova scena di Chicago.

Non che Re: Dawn (From Far) sia un album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caroline Davis: Doors: Chicago Storylines

Read "Doors: Chicago Storylines" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Doors: Chicago Storylines is altoist Caroline Davis' unique take on oral history. Interweaving original compositions with area musicians' narratives Davis reconstructs the history of Chicago jazz in a uniquely engaging and articulate style.

On “Chicago Sound?" for instance, after a discussion on the type of jazz played in various neighborhoods, Davis plays soulfully with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Caroline Davis: Live Work & Play

Read "Live Work & Play" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It's easy to become jaded in an ocean of music where many recordings sound so much alike. But every now and then something piques even great curiosity, as is the case with Live Work and Play , the captivating debut by saxophonist/composer Caroline Davis. Her abilities as a musician and leader signal not just another new ...