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Ben Goldberg: Good Day For Cloud Fishing

Read "Good Day For Cloud Fishing" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Poetry and jazz, jazz and poetry, which came first? Ben Goldberg poses that same question with Good Day For Cloud Fishing. His answer to the philosophical 'chicken or the egg' riddle is well, both. Sure, Homer wrote the Iliad centuries before King Oliver put cornet to lips, but damn if there wasn't some gutbucket rhyming to ...

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Cory Smythe: Circulate Susanna

Read "Circulate Susanna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Cory Smythe tells stories. About stories. Specifically, a father's tales in the rural heartland of America; ingredients that a listener might assume had shaped Smythe's imagination in ways that go far beyond music. But like the Stephen Foster discs spinning on the gramophone as a tornado approaches, Smythe's nostalgic and inspirational world is liner-note fantasy. Nevertheless, ...

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Kris Davis & Craig Taborn: Octopus

Read "Octopus" reviewed by Don Phipps

Combining discrete notes with splashes and collages of sound, the music of pianists Kris Davis and Craig Taborn on Octopus showcases improvisational prowess at the highest levels. The live recording challenges listeners with electric and sometimes jarring compositions that appear to send shards of musical light in every direction.

Davis provides two compositions for ...

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Kris Davis: Duopoly

Read "Duopoly" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Per valutare l'arte pianistica di Kris Davis si ascolti l'incipit di Aeriol Piano, album solitario di qualche anno fa. La decostruzione e conseguente reinvenzione dell'usurata “All the Things You Are" rivelavano un folgorante talento di sintesi, di rara sensibilità; per apprezzarne invece la sottigliezza di orchestratrice è utile tornare a Novela, fantastico disco a nome Tony ...

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Kris Davis: Duopoly

Read "Duopoly" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Query: when does improvised music appear more arranged than written compositions? The question is not a zen koan, it is the notion put forth by the sixteen duets performed by pianist Kris Davis and her eight collaborating partners. Davis, who can no longer be labeled a “rising star" of jazz and improvised piano, is a fully ...