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Pocket Aces: Cull the Heard

Read "Cull the Heard" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Pocket Aces have made all the right moves in gearing up for their first album. The three improvisers are comfortable with each other, having spent time playing together, unearthing their sound. Cull the Heard finds the leaderless trio composing as they improvise, curating an album full of focussed and engaging songs. The Boston trio omits any ...

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Matadors: Matadorials

Read "Matadorials" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The acoustic jazz Matadors came together while its three members--multi-woodwind player Michael Sachs from Los Angeles, bassist Aaron Darrell from Virginia and drummer Jun Young Song from Seoul (Korea)--were simultaneously pursuing undergraduate studies through Berklee College of Music scholarships. Their progressive jazz debut marks the first release on Berklee's independent record label birnCORE, was recorded live ...

Different Shapes & Sounds: Solo, Trio, Small & Large Ensembles

Read "Different Shapes & Sounds: Solo, Trio, Small & Large Ensembles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra
Pulsion
Ubiquity
2014

A musician friend whose opinion I greatly respect shared with me that he enjoys listening to Pulsion, the fourth release by the Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra (ALVO), in two layers: The frothy jazz-influenced horn, brass and string arrangements on top and, like a ...