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No Euros Required

Read "No Euros Required" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a heavy European flavour to this episode as we explore the current scene in eleven different countries. Two albums on the Hungarian BMC label introduce BMC's latest round of releases: pianist Aki Takase (Germany) & her band, Japanic, and saxophonist Istvan Grensco & his Collective Special 5 (Hungary), which features the great American reed man, ...

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Charles Rumback, Kuzu and More

Read "Charles Rumback, Kuzu and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a slight Chicago flavour to this episode. Drummer Charles Rumback hooked up with noted New Orleans bassist James Singleton for Rumback's latest recording, Cadillac Turns. In an odd twist of strange, Singleton approached a jet-lagged Rumback in a bar in Sydney Australia and said he had seen Rumback playing in a Chicago bar a few ...

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Spinifex: Soufifex

Read "Soufifex" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

The Amsterdam-based sextet Spinifex—well known for their passion to cross stylistic borders, tight irregular structures and robust improvisational eruptions—still continue their journey through different musical traditions. On their fifth full-length album, Soufifex, the ensemble flee the European musical tradition and turn their faces to the Oriental world, i.e. to the Sufi, mystical Islamic belief and practice ...

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Joseph Benzola, Liebman/Rudolph/Drake, Tom Kessler and More

Read "Joseph Benzola, Liebman/Rudolph/Drake, Tom Kessler and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber has seen her star rising since settling in New York. She's become a highly regarded member of the creative improvisation scene there, and each recording of her own compositions becomes more impressive. With her septet she tackles a number of homages to some of her favourite 20th century composers' percussion ...

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Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More

Read "Ben Monder, Ingrid Laubrock and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The Dutch powerhouse quintet Spinifex included a pair of tracks imbued with Sufi traditional music of Kurdish/Iranian origin, and a Qawali traditional from Pakistan on their last recording, Amphibian Ardour; they loved the challenge of fusing those styles into their irregular structures and free jazz so much that they decided to go all in on their ...

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Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More

Read "Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Check out some great music from new releases, from the avant-garde/Middle Eastern/North African fusion of Ensemble Fanaa, to trumpeter Cuong Vu's quartet with Bill Frisell; from Chicago guitarist Phil Schurger to New Orleans drummer Billie Davies; from poet Vince Bell to pianist Ran Blake with singer Christine Correa. Plus a set from three excellent German groups ...

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Spinifex: Hipsters Gone Ballistic

Read "Hipsters Gone Ballistic" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Basso elettrico e chitarra elettrica acchiappano da subito con spietata inesorabilità, con la violenza del rock più aggressivo e la capacità di infiltrarsi e stravolgere le trame musicali attraverso la sensibilità e la prontezza del jazz. Poi i fiati, magmatici e cristallini, imprevedibili e sarcastici, laceranti come un urlo nella notte, inquietanti come una ninna nanna ...

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Spinifex: Hipsters Gone Ballistic

Read "Hipsters Gone Ballistic" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Amsterdam-based group Spinifex--named after a tough Australian species of grass--is a modular collective of Dutch musicians. The Spinifex quintet that released its debut, the aptly titled Hipsters Gone Ballistic, is a part of a collective that includes the Spinifex Orchestra (that released its debut Triodia back in 2008 on Karnatic Lab Records), Spinifex Tuba Band ...