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Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

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While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

ARTICLE: RADIO

A focus of the ears&eyes record label

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This time around we focus on the excellent ears&eyes record label with a selection of brand new releases and music from their wonderful back catalogue

Playlist Sebastián Greschuk “Lluvia Eterna" from Paisaje (ears&eyes records) 00:00 Alex Filip “Maebi" from El equilibrio secreto de las cosas (ears&eyes records) 07:19 Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos “Cuento #15" from ...

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New Sounds Including The Fictive Five, The Comet is Coming and Sylvie Courvoisier

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A wide selection of new releases this time around demonstrating the wide range of genres emerging from jazz at the moment...

Playlist The Comet Is Coming “Super Zodiac" from Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse) 00:00 The Fictive Five “Immediate Human Response (for Spike Lee)" from Anything Is Possible (Clean ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Rumback: Cadillac Turns

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Drummer Charles Rumback has cultivated his melodically-informed sensibility on a number of fine records. His 2017 release, Threes (ears&eyes) is a case in point, with plenty of vigor but softened with just the right amount of sentiment. The album at hand, Cadillac Turns, is much the same, although now in a quartet format with James Singleton ...

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Charles Rumback, Kuzu and More

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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 ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes

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Whereas some record labels try to limit their aesthetic to a certain sound, others take pride in challenging the conventions of genre. Matthew Golombisky, the founder of ears&eyes Records, belongs to the latter category. His philosophy is very clear, as he points out in the label profile that can be read on this site: “My motto ...

ears&eyes Records: From Chicago to the World

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Those who feel that jazz has run out of steam, that there is nothing new to say, should encounter bassist and renaissance man, Matthew Golombisky, who runs the Chicago-based label ears&eyes. The name says it all. Golombisky is interested in what is going on around him. He is not only curious about music, but also passionate ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2017

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2017 was another good year for music and while there is much unrest in the world, it is a source of comfort that it is still possible to bring people together from different corners of the world to play and sing together. Here are twelve records that stood out for me.

Matthew Shipp ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Charles Rumback: Threes

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Reared in Kansas and currently residing in Chicago, Charles Rumback has evolved into a go-to drummer these days, performing with proven progressive jazz and improvising warriors, trumpeter Ron Miles, saxophonist Tony Malaby and here, leading his piano trip captured live at the Windy City venue, Constellation. Rumback's lyrical beats and colorific shadings, along with John Tate's ...

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Charles Rumback: Tag Book

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One of this year's pleasant surprises has been the emergence of drummer Charles Rumback's trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim Baker. In fact, their debut, Threes, was so good that it immediately whetted the appetite for more. Who would have thought the wish would be fulfilled so soon?

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