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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lisbon Freedom Unit: Praise Of Our Folly

Read "Praise Of Our Folly" reviewed by John Sharpe

History has repeatedly demonstrated that it may be foolish to bring together large numbers of musicians without any form of roadmap. Those who have set out the slender case for the opposing view include the Globe Unity Orchestra and Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet, but not many more. To that number should now be added the Lisbon ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Milton Man Gogh, Rachel Musson Curtis Nowosad & More

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Trios and quartets dominate this episode: three-quarters of the playlist are from groups of that size. Featured is German saxophonist Philipp Gropper and his quartet Philm with music from his new album Consequences. Another quartet heard for the first time is Ornicar from France, and OGJB is back. Of the threesomes, first timers are Gentiane MG ...

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Mette Rasmussen and new releases

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This week we focus on Mette Rasmussen, new releases from Endangered Blood and Master Oogway and a selection of recent and archive cuts. A more avant-garde/free selection than usual, but still a compelling playlist!

Playlist Endangered Blood “Passion Fruit Birthday Cake" from Don't Freak Out (Skirl Records) 00:00 Master Oogway “Eddapliks Pt.1 Kan ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2018

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Here are 12 new releases which stood out among the 200 or so discs that I heard this year, in no particular order. It's worth noting that Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii set herself the challenge to release a CD every month during 2018, to mark the milestone of her 60th birthday. Her output has been so ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rodrigo Amado: A History Of Nothing

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In A History Of Nothing, Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado helms a stunning lesson in group interchange and shifting dynamics on five seat-of-the-pants excursions. Captured in a studio in the midst of a European tour, the album reunites the reedman with the starry crew responsible for This Is Our Language (NotTwo, 2015), namely veteran multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rodrigo Amado: A History Of Nothing

Read "A History Of Nothing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Biologists believe the principle undertaking of an organism is to pass along its genes to the next generation. That same theory is also applied in psychology. Evolutionary psychology tells us that human behavior has been tailored to pass on our DNA to the next generation, even applying this theory to economics, politics, law, and literature. This ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Corroto's Best Releases of 2017

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And what a year it was. With all hurricanes, raging fires, and end-of-the-world politics, we were fortunate to have the magical salve that is music. Complied here are my favorite releases of this past year. I tried to pare down a long list of 50 to 10, but it was impossible. The music you see below ...

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Rodrigo Amado: The Attic

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The Attic unites three Portuguese musicians who are making a name for themselves beyond their native land. Now based in Rotterdam, bassist Gonçalo Almeida works with a range of European artists, but may be best known as leader of the Lama Trio, with trumpeter Susana Santos Silva. Saxophonist Rodrigo Amado probably enjoys the highest profile, befitting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John Dikeman / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini: Salão Brazil

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Amsterdam-domiciled American saxophonist John Dikeman and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente have become regular collaborators, although the only prior evidence on disc is their first meeting in Twenty One 4tet's Live At Zaal 100 (Not Two, 2016). For the limited edition LP Salão Brazil they have enlisted two of the brassman's countrymen in Belgian-based bassist Hugo Antunes ...