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Dom Minasi: Remembering Cecil

Read "Remembering Cecil" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Innovative pianist Cecil Taylor, who passed away on April 5th 2018, was a transformative force in the world of improvisational music. His signature percussive pianism was imbued with dynamic poetry and he, together with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, is credited with starting the free jazz movement. Taylor has also been a source of inspiration for fellow New ...

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Rocco John Iacovone: Peace and Love: A Tribute to Will Connell

Read "Peace and Love: A Tribute to Will Connell" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Rocco John Iacovone has been an under-sung presence in the New York avant-garde scene for some time. Despite several recordings to his name, he's yet to get much big-time recognition. But with this live recording by his octet, the Improvisational Composers Ensemble, that could change. The December 2014 performance at John Zorn's club, the Stone had ...

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Matt Lavelle's 12 Houses: Solidarity

Read "Solidarity" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nato a Paterson, New Jersey, nel 1970, un passato accanto a William Parker e a quell'autentico reincarnato che fu qualche anno fa Giuseppi Logan, Matt Lavelle dirige in questo apprezzabile lavoro, inciso nel novembre 2014, un ensemble di sedici elementi che denota, in prima battuta, un approccio vagamente mingusiano (tutti di Lavelle i temi), con avvio ...

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Dom Minasi & Jack DeSalvo: Soldani Dieci Anni

Read "Soldani Dieci Anni" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Guitarist Dom Minasi is known as an experimentalist and free player, so there is much in this set of acoustic duets with fellow guitarist Jack DeSalvo that will confound expectations. Opener “The Indelible Delible" is a free improvisation with the expected outside playing and flurries of notes--but there is also some delicate textural playing. Then Minasi's ...

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Matt Lavelle, John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

Read "Harmolodic Monk" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un album il cui titolo evoca simultaneamente due grandi iconoclasti come Ornette Coleman e Thelonious Monk non può che incuriosire. Le composizioni, poi, rimandano tutte al secondo, mentre ornettiano (armolodico, appunto) dovrebbe essere il trattamento.

Matt Lavelle, che con Ornette ha studiato (e ha pure suonato con Bern Nix, chitarrista del Prime Time), ...

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Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

Read "Harmolodic Monk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every time it looks like all the gold has been mined from Thelonious Monk's music, somebody comes along to prove otherwise.

Harmolodic Monk finds multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle and percussionist John Pietaro applying saxophone icon(oclast) Ornette Coleman's freeing philosophical ideal(s) to Monk's oft-performed music. To some, the resultant performances may seem far more complex ...

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Patrick Hall: Time Remembered: The Music Of Bill Evans

Read "Time Remembered: The Music Of Bill Evans" reviewed by John Ephland

The unconventional inside a conventional skin. That's what we have here with trombonist Pat Hall's offering Time Remembered: The Music of Bill Evans. Playing it from the bottom up, so to speak, Hall's approach to the Evans corpus (along with two standards associated with the late pianist, Rodgers and Hart's “Spring Is Here" and Earl Zindars' ...

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Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

Read "Harmolodic Monk" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

In multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle's insightful blog, “That Fat Eb Feels Mahogany to Me," he discusses a challenge shared by many jazz musicians: “With people doing more and more repertoire projects to get work and for sheer love of that artist, I have been thinking about ways to explore the relationships between the kings without doing a ...

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Dom Minasi Septet: The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II

Read "The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Following the successful realization of the powerful, free jazz collective headed by Dom Minasi on The Bird, The Girl And The Donkey (Re:konstruKt, 2010), the guitarist decided to expand his collective from a quintet to a septet. He kept the same attitude: intense, muscular and fiery playing from the first second till the last, but with ...