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Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases

Read "Erik Friedlander throws a glass of absinthe, and more new releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week Mondo Jazz chats with cellist Erik Friedlander about his latest project inspired by Pablo Picasso's bronze sculpture “Glass of Absinthe." Artemisia--a visually stunning vinyl box set containing musically stunning work--features Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on bass and Ches Smith on drums.

And, of course, more new releases!

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David Ake: Humanities

Read "Humanities" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

The group that pianist/composer David Ake assembles for Humanities thrives on change and doesn't care all that much for boundaries, familiar stylistic references, or decorum. Distinctions between written material and improvisation, soloists and accompaniment, are subject to transformation, collapse, consolidation and mutation. Nothing stays on exactly the same course for very long. Featuring Ake, Ralph Alessi's ...

David Ake: Humanities

Read "Humanities" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist David Ake is a tough man to pin down. With Bridges (Posi-Tone, 2013) he took on the form of label outlier and pathfinder, breaking away from Posi-Tone's radio-friendly album format with a series of outward bound excursions; on Lake Effect (Posi-Tone, 2015) he offered a cooler alternative that proved ruminative in many of its pursuits; ...

David Ake: Lake Effect

Read "Lake Effect" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist David Ake strikes a pensive pose on the back cover of Lake Effect, foreshadowing a good amount of the music that follows. With his previous album, Ake reveled in the opportunity to keep listener's guessing from song to song and moment to moment. It was a musical gambit that paid off handsomely, making Bridges (Posi-Tone, ...

David Ake: Bridges

Read "Bridges" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Experimentalist composer Gavin Bryars once proclaimed that “music history has flowed under the bridges for many years." That particular quote adorns the inside flap of pianist David Ake's Bridges which, like Bryars' statement itself, contains many a mystery about music, bridges and history. The pieces that Ake presents herein are modernistic, wide-ranging and wholly original. Melodic ...