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Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Read "Trickster" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is nothing deceptive about guitarist Miles Okazaki's Trickster. It is simply an elegantly crafted work that engages with its narrative quality and its darkly hued, intriguing texture. On his fourth release as a leader the New York based Okazaki leads a quartet that consists of two of his bandmates from altoist Steve Coleman's Five Elements, ...

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Read "Trickster" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Semplicità e immediatezza sono spesso gli elementi principali di un progetto ben riuscito. Altre volte, la complessità della ricerca teorica più rigorosa serve a illustrare una precisa visione musicale. I dischi che riescono a coniugare in maniera convincente questi aspetti sono rari, e Trickster è uno di questi.

Il chitarrista Miles Okazaki, membro stabile ...

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Read "Trickster" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Miles Okazaki (Steve Coleman, Dan Weiss) is a meticulous artist and visionary partly due to his thorny and geometrically inclined theme-building practices. With ECM recording artist Craig Taborn sharing the frontline, the guitarist often makes complex storylines sound effortless by design, paralleled by the quartet's symmetrical pulses and deterministic gait. The band also gels to ...

Davy Mooney: Hope Of Home

Read "Hope Of Home" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For many, if not most musicians, much time is spent on the road performing, with one's “home town" many times just a short stop on the endless tour. It is hard enough to maintain a steady relationship, much less than that with a spouse and possibly family for the “normal" person, than someone who must travel ...

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Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

November Music 2016

Read "November Music 2016" reviewed by Henning Bolte

November Music
s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
November 11-13, 2016

November Music is a yearly festival, founded in 1993. It is held in the medieval town of s'-Hertogenbosch, in the southeast part of The Netherlands. s'-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) was the hometown of well-known Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (1450-1516) who died 500 years ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Coleman and Five Elements at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Read "Steve Coleman and Five Elements at Albright-Knox Art Gallery" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Art of Jazz
Buffalo, NY
October 29, 2016

If Steve Coleman's set at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery proved anything, it's that residencies are still a beneficial means to cultivating unrivaled virtuosity within a band.

In the case of composer, alto ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been an in-demand sideman for a decade, laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recording with Steve Coleman on all of that uncompromising composer's Five Elements albums since 2002. Finlayson's performing credits include gigs with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, and many other notable artists. Not until 2013 did ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the title of trumpeter-composer Jonathan Finlayson's sophomore outing doesn't fully express his keenness in balancing conceptual grounding and rigor with fly-to-the-outer-limits expressiveness, the music certainly does. Moving Still--the highly anticipated follow up to Moment And The Message (Pi Recordings, 2013)--finds Finlayson doing what he does best: offsetting intricate lines and latticework with episodes of openness, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Francesco Diodati Flows Home!

Read "Francesco Diodati Flows Home!" reviewed by Daniele Vogrig

Classe 1983, chitarrista e compositore moderno ed eclettico, Francesco Diodati si impone nel panorama musicale internazionale come una delle punte di diamante di una nuova generazione italiana di jazzisti, dinamica ed energica.

Eletto miglior chitarrista dell'anno nel 2013, 2014, 2015 nell'ambito del JazzIt Award, Diodati è leader dei Neko, dei più recenti Yellow ...


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