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Susana Santos Silva: All the Rivers – Live at Panteão Nacional

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The young Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva has been steadily rising in the ranks of cutting-edge improvisers and composers. Santos has extensive conservatory training from her native country, as well as in Germany and Holland. She is at home in the colloquial language of traditional jazz and the avant-garde, but her strength is in a sound ...


Thomas Johansson: Home Alone

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When does this guy breathe? This might be the question going through your mind while you listen to “Signal This," the fifth track on Side A of trumpeter Thomas Johansson's solo recording Home Alone. The brief, three minute performance is, at first glance, more about physicality than music making. On the surface, a solo trumpet performance ...


Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you have a pigeonhole into which you would like to place pianist Sylvie Courvoisier's music, maybe stop reading right now. The Swiss-born, now twenty-year native of New York, apportions her many talents to multiple ensembles and musical styles--solo to large ensemble, chamber works, Downtown jazz, flamenco, European classical and improvisation. Needless to say, stagnant is ...


Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Swiss-born pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has spent close to twenty years in the states honing her distinctive approach to classically-inflected jazz improvisation. Along the way she's worked with a who's-who of leading-edge musicians, including veterans like John Zorn, Evan Parker and Ellery Eskelin, but also the younger generation of avant-gardists such as Mary Halvorson and Nate Wooley. ...


Pearring Sound: True Story

Read "True Story" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Colorado native Jeff Pearring began studying the alto saxophone at the age of ten but pursued a career in economics before turning back to music. With a broad range of experiences that encompassed symphonic bands, ska and reggae, it was Pearring's affinity for jazz that guided him upon arriving in New York. Pearring studied with Connie ...


John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases and two partial reissues, reviewed on All About Jazz, which stood out among the 200 or so discs that I heard this year.

Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson
Crop Circles
(Relative Pitch Records)

Over the last fifteen years or more, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist ...


Mat Maneri: Sounding Tears

Read "Sounding Tears" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the wake of Evan Parker's 2013 and 2014 residencies at New York's The Stone, a slew of tremendous recordings has emerged showcasing the British saxophonist's encounters with the luminaries of the downtown scene. Prominent among them are Miller's Tale (Intakt, 2016) with the electronics of Ikue Mori, violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, Either, ...


Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain

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If music was sports, then Ivo Perelman would be baseball and most other musicians football. Where football's regular season is 16 games, baseball plays 162. Likewise, most musicians release one album every year or two, but Perelman has averaged seven titles per year for the last seven years. His 2017 Leo Records output is thirteen (fourteen, ...


Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

Ann Arbor, MI
October 20-21, 2017

On the last two days of the festival, the Edgefest audience was treated to even more of the eclectic, explorative music that was present in abundance on Wednesday and Thursday.

Edgefest-goers who were able ...


Harris Eisenstadt: Recent Developments

Read "Recent Developments" reviewed by John Sharpe

How do you pass the tedium of a long haul flight? Catch up on sleep, or take in those films you meant to watch but never got round to viewing? Few of us spend the time as productively as Canadian drummer Harris Eisenstadt who sketched out the main elements of his Recent Developments suite on the ...