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Michael Rossetto: Intermodal Blues

Read "Intermodal Blues" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

In search of the roots and the limits of where a banjo comes from and how far the instrument can go, Minneapolis-based Michael Rossetto makes a journey from cinematic soundscapes to traditional western folklore with a jazzy spin to it.

On Intermodal Blues Michael Rossetto is joined by upright bassist Chris Bates and drummer ...

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Bram Weijters/Chad McCullough: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based trumpeter Chad McCullough and Belgian pianist Bram Weijters present Pendulum, the pair's fifth recording together. Their discography includes three excellent quartet outings on Origin Records, including Urban Nightingale (2012), and a duo date, Feather (eyes&ears, 2017). Pendulum follows in Feathers' footsteps to the extent of instrumentation, with Weijters wielding an array of keyboards (Wurlitzer, Rhodes, ...

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Atlantis Quartet: Hello Human

Read "Hello Human" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Even though, after 12 years of existence and four critically acclaimed albums, Minnesota-based collaboration Atlantis Quartet has nothing further to prove, the formation presents itself more invigorated than ever. Hello Human showcases a versatile and energetic quartet, presenting 10 originals which span from humble post-bop exercises to punk-infused riff workouts, all the while enveloped by a ...

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Zacc Harris: American Reverie

Read "American Reverie" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Minneapolis-based guitarist/composer Zacc Harris is mainly represented as a player here, interpreting a wide variety of American songs in the company of double bassist Matt Peterson and drummer Lars-Erik Larson. The selection of material does cover some obvious Americana folk selections, but there are several surprising choices (and one original tune). The word “reverie" in the ...

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John Christensen: Dear Friend

Read "Dear Friend" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Madison Wisconsin based bassist/composer John Christensen begins his debut, Dear Friend with the namesake track, a quietly rolling, reflective impression that might at first remind one of a backing track for any number of 70's singer-songwriters. It's a pretty piece, a wonderful starting point for a very melodic, almost nostalgic listen.

The next composition, ...

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John Christensen: Dear Friend

Read "Dear Friend" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Madison-based double bassist John Christensen is certainly no rookie to jazz, even though Dear Friend would appear to be his debut album. After attending the University of North Texas, Christensen chose to follow a more personalized education and set up camp in San Francisco. It is in the bay area that he committed to extensive gigging ...

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Eric Sierveld: Walk The Walk

Read "Walk The Walk" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Eric Sierveld's debut outing with the newly formed Organic Quintet is, true to its name, an organ driven affair which shares many similarities with some of the most traditional organ-based endeavors of the past five decades. Even the smoky production values of soaring brass and organ walls clashing with cymbal crashes are present in this production ...

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Eric Siereveld's Organic Quintet: Walk The Walk

Read "Walk The Walk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Trumpeter/flugelhornist Eric Siereveld returned to New York after teaching in Madison, Wisconsin for three years. The debut recording of his Organic Quintet includes musicians from New York City and the Midwest. Tenor saxophonist Tony Barba is based in Madison; B3 organist Steve Snyder is the head of jazz studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and ...

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Eric Siereveld: Walk The Walk

Read "Walk The Walk" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “organic" in trumpeter Eric Siereveld's Organic Quintet doesn't mean the group has no artificial ingredients or synthetic preservatives; rather, it denotes the fact that the quintet's modus operandi rests in some measure on the well-defined tone colors produced by Steve Snyder's indispensable Hammon B3 organ. The word “indispensable" is used because it is Siereveld's purpose ...

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Eric Sierveld's Organic Quintet: Walk The Walk

Read "Walk The Walk" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

After three years in Congressman Paul Ryan's home state, trumpeter Eric Sierveld returns home to NYC. The grand results is Walk The Walk, an escapade with the newly christened, no-fretting, tight strutting Organic Quintet.

Percolating from start to finish, the Quintet--featuring Sierveld joined by Tony Barba on sax, Jonathan Kreisberg: guitar; Steve Snyder on ...