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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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Gabriel Zucker: Weighting

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If ever there was a novelist whose work seems ideally suited for musical expression, it would be Rachel Kushner. With phrases that jump off the page with infectious energy and themes that reveal themselves fleetingly and mysteriously, her books swirl with ideas, but always with the unmistakable impression that are deeper truths yet to be found ...

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Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris at the Detroit Public Library

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Balance with Gerald Cleaver and Bill Harris
Detroit Public Library
Detroit, MI
April 7, 2019

Detroit-based jazz fans have become well-acquainted with pianist Michael Malis and saxophonist Marcus Elliot, both of whom are fixtures among the up-and-coming generation of musicians in the city, playing in all kinds of configurations and in wide-ranging, ...

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Robert Burke, Tony Malaby and Mark Helias: Head Under Water

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A heralded veteran of the Australian jazz scene, saxophonist Robert Burke has never been one to limit his artistic reach through idiomatic complacency. Just within the last couple years, he has collaborated with pianist (and fellow Australian) Paul Grabowsky on Gravity Project (Apollo Sounds, 2018)--an intriguing East-meets-West endeavor that merged traditional Japanese music, jazz, hip-hop and ...

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Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble (featuring Clarence Penn): Forward

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There's something to be said for acknowledging one's artistic debts. It's a trait especially prominent in jazz, where musicians paying tribute to their forebears is commonplace, a way to sustain the tradition and recognize its continual evolution. Trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich has certainly done that with the debut recording from his large ensemble, Forward. Although ...

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Christian Artmann: Our Story

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There are a number of different stories woven into Our Story, flautist Christian Artmann's first offering since 2015. Quotations in the liner notes from Zen sages Thich Nhat Hanh and Yasutani Roshi point to Artmann's Buddhist faith, but the fifth cut of the record, “Amazing Grace," makes a bit of room for the Christian narrative as ...

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Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet: WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW

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A guitarist with a prodigious recorded legacy and an omnivorous stylistic range, Michael Gregory Jackson's return to his avant-jazz roots during the past couple of decades has been a welcome, if under-recognized, development. While he cut his teeth in the '70s loft scene in the company of luminaries such as Wadada Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Julius ...

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Anna Webber: Clockwise

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Although she's a horn player by trade, Anna Webber has always had a fascination with percussion as a basis for her idiosyncratic compositions. With pieces that build in complexity, with rhythms that are continuously reformulated, Webber produces music where a groove is usually present, yet it's typically filtered and recontextualized in surprising ways. Fortunately she's had ...

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Lotz Of Music: Live At JazzCase

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With an upbringing that involved living in Thailand, Germany and Uganda, it was perhaps inevitable that flautist Mark Alban Lotz would take a global approach to his craft as a musician. His substantial recorded output (over a dozen releases to his name, to date) bears ample witness to his restless quest for new forms of expression, ...

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Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

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Don't let the album's title fool you. Guitarist/composer Chris Jentsch's Topics In American History isn't a disguised syllabus for a college seminar. Jentsch's liner notes reveal an abiding interest in American history, but his modus operandi is to use pivotal aspects of the nation's past as springboards for creative, immersive music. Although using just a nine-piece ...