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Chris Pitsiokos: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years

Read "Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years" reviewed by Don Phipps

Adventurous, hair-raising, mind-bending, dense, fibrous, layered, hallucinogenic, twisted. These are the words that come to mind when listening to the excellent but challenging music on Chris Pitsiokos's album Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years. Pitsiokos' compositions often sound like a musical transcription of the trippiest parts of William Burrough's “Naked Lunch." The result? An ...

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Brandon Seabrook: Convulsionaries

Read "Convulsionaries" reviewed by Don Phipps

This exciting freewheeling, free-playing, ear-stretching, mind-expanding set from composer / guitarist Brandon Seabrook strives for new ground in music--a hybrid of modern classical idioms and experimental jazz. It succeeds. The music stretches what one might conceive of as “jazz."

Joined by Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on cello, Seabrook accomplishes his breakthrough ...

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Zack Clarke: Random Acts of Order

Read "Random Acts of Order" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Zack Clarke's Random Acts Of Order presents a threesome making waves on the NYC scene. Each of the trio studied with guitarist/composer Joe Morris, who appropriately contributes the liners to this release. Slovenian drummer Dre Hocevar may have the most visibility due to his series of discs on the Clean Feed imprint, the third of ...

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Nick Sanders & Logan Strosahl: Janus

Read "Janus" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Nick Sanders and saxophonist Logan Strosahl musical connection goes back to 2007 when they were both students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Since that time Sanders has release a number of albums, including You Are Creature with bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Connor Baker. The three players played on Strosahl's musically eclectic debut ...

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Logan Strosahl: Up Go We

Read "Up Go We" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Duke Ellington famously said, There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind". Creative Improvised Music really has no boundaries, and there is virtually nothing that cannot influence the final result. It is quite possible for the adventurous listener to play a different album every day for a decade and never hear a ...

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Nick Sanders Trio: You Are A Creature

Read "You Are A Creature" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's sad to say, but many newly-formed piano trios tend to suffer by comparison before they ever get off the ground. So many of these groups consciously or unwittingly walk along well-trod paths, referencing legendary jazz figures or following trails of sonic breadcrumbs dropped by latter day lodestars like Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, or Jason ...