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ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2018

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2018 was another year with too many favorites to choose from. I'm struck by the number of “extended ensembles" on my list: groups of eight or more, including a chamber orchestra plus jazz group. It was also an exceptionally good year for RareNoiseRecords, making it hard for me to stop at three albums. This list is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marko Churnchetz: RUTHENIA - Retrospective of Russian Composers of the 20th Century

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Slovenian-born pianist/composer Marko Churnchetz presents an ambitious suite for fifteen musicians: essentially his jazz quartet accompanied by a small orchestra of winds and strings. He pays tribute to the great Russian composers of the 20th Century: Shostakovich, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff (the title “Ruthenia" is a Latin name for the Russian border provinces and their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ivan Baryshnikov Quartet: Journey

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Capturing his East-to-West life trajectory, Russian saxophonist Ivan Baryshnikov's debut Journey documents his path through the jazz world via his origins in Moscow, an intervening stay in the Netherlands, and his ultimate arrival in New York, the end-point of his travels (for now). It's a well-conceived set of ten original pieces, with a convincing display of ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark F. Turner's Best of 2014

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Typically, when music is labeled it gets thrown into a box that limits its artistic scope. But the four letter word “jazz" in today's environment obliterates typical categorization as found in these diverse releases.

Ambrose Akinmusire
The imagined savior is far easier to paint
(Blue Note)

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Phil Barnes' Favourite Albums of 2014

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The sheer volume of great records that I have managed to hear, and the knowledge that there are many more that I haven't, means that I make no pretence of presenting a list of the definitive albums of the year. Instead, this is a snapshot list of the ten records that I have enjoyed the most ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Marko Churnchetz: Devotion

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Recorded in Brooklyn in April 2012 this excellent modern Quartet session led by Slovenian born pianist and composer Marko Churnchetz (native spelling is Črnčec) only recently saw the light of day in July 2014 courtesy of London's enlightened Whirlwind label. The delay is all the more inexplicable given the prominent contributions of hot saxophonist Mark Shim, ...