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Elliott Sharp: Chansons Du Crepuscule

Read "Chansons Du Crepuscule" reviewed by Don Phipps

In Chansons Du Crepuscule, the French multi-genre vocalist, harpist, composer and improvisor Helene Breschand hooks up with the multi-genre New York guitarist Elliott Sharp to yield spell-binding music of the first order. This fascinating collaboration crosses musical genres as easily as a nuthatch jumps from a birch tree to a cedar and then to a hickory. ...


Cactus Truck: Brand New For China!

Read "Brand New For China!" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

John Dikeman is one of the most interesting saxophonists now operating in the Amsterdam scene. He is a charismatic player, well-versed in the legacy of modern and free jazz as his recent releases-- Across the sky, with bassist Raoul Van Der Weide and drummer Klaus Kugel (Not Two, 2012); and Nihil is Now (Stone Floor, 2012), ...


Katherine Young's Pretty Monsters: Pretty Monsters

Read "Pretty Monsters" reviewed by Troy Collins

Rarely used in jazz and creative improvised music (except by individualists like Karen Borca), the unwieldy bassoon is commonly relegated to the role of a doubling horn, sparingly employed by eclectic multi-instrumentalists like Joseph Jarman and Yusef Lateef for its unusual tonal color. Brooklyn-based bassoonist Katherine Young transcends the instrument's reputation with a shrewd combination of ...


Cactus Truck: Brand New for China!

Read "Brand New for China!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

I Cactus Truck sono un trio, fondato ad Amsterdam dal saxofonista americano John Dikeman e da due giovanissimi olandesi volanti come il bassista/chitarrista Jasper Stadhouders e il batterista Onno Govaert, che sta già facendo parlare di sé per la furia iconoclasta e l'energia furibonda delle loro performance. L'improvvisazione gioca un ruolo determinante in questa modalità espressiva che non si ferma davanti ...