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Bill Frisell | Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy

Read "Epistrophy" reviewed by John Kelman

When ECM Records released Small Town in 2017, beyond capturing the profound intimacy and musical ability to “finish each other's sentences" shared by the first recorded document of guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a duo setting, one of the biggest walk-aways was the hope that this would not be a one-off. Two years ...

MUSICIAN Born:

David Sylvian

The David Sylvian that fronted new wave pop band Japan wore luminescent hair and glam make-up; on the cover of his solo debut, 1984's Brilliant Trees, he was stylish and refined, a gentleman popster. But the illustration that introduces 2003's Blemish sends a different message: he's bedraggled and unshaven, his far-off expression turned haunted. The new millennium has seen a more serious Sylvian, several steps further along on his musical journey and seeking new sounds to explain new traumas. While Japan started off as one of many '70s New Romantic bands, they made an unpredictable break with their hit "Ghosts" - a searching and evocative single where spare rhythms and fleeting electronic sounds lay under Sylvian's smouldering tenor

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Costanza Alegiani - Fabrizio Sferra: Grace in Town

Read "Grace in Town" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Insolita e affascinante questa collaborazione tra il batterista dei Doctor 3 e la cantante Costanza Alegiani attorniati da un nucleo di talentosi giovani colleghi come il pianista e tastierista Alessandro Gwis, il chitarrista Francesco Diodati, il bassista Francesco Ponticelli e il batterista Federico Scettri.
Come si vede Fabrizio Sferra non svolge stabilmente il ruolo ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2CD/Blu Ray)

Read "Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (2CD/Blu Ray)" reviewed by John Kelman

Steven Wilson
Home Invasion: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Eagle Records
2018

In a career now early in its fourth decade, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson has bucked almost every trend in the new millennium music industry. After spending over twenty years as the driving force behind Porcupine Tree, he made ...

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Soft Machine: Hidden Details

Read "Hidden Details" reviewed by John Kelman

Following a series of releases for Moonjune Records under the moniker Soft Machine Legacy, beginning with 2005's Live in Zaandam and concluding, most recently, with 2013's Burden of Proof, this quartet consisting largely of members from the classic Canterbury group Soft Machine has finally decided to drop the “Legacy" and go it with the original name ...

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Skuli Sverrisson with Bill Frisell: Strata

Read "Strata" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On their two previous third-season releases, Andy Zimmerman's Half Light and Lionel Loueke's Close Your Eyes (both 2018), Newvelle Records pushed the envelope just a bit away from the deeply melodic formula that they have favored across seventeen albums to date. While those vinyl releases incorporated more elements of improvisational complexity, they were hardly foraying into ...

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Arturo Stàlteri: Low & Loud

Read "Low & Loud" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nella trafficata discografia di Arturo Stàlteri (Roma, 1959), figura multiforme la cui indole e inclinazione classica rappresenta comunque una costante benché i suoi primi passi, risalenti addirittura al 1974 (a quindici anni!), lo colgano nel gruppo progressive Pierrot Lunaire (due album, in quello stesso 1974 e nel '77), quest'ultimo lavoro rinforza l'immagine che, come pianista (è ...

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David Sylvian and Holger Czukay: Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutability

Read "Plight & Premonition / Flux & Mutability" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Names like Brian Eno or Steve Roach may most readily come to mind where classic ambient recordings are concerned, but there has never been a shortage of similarly fascinating material floating around under the radar, quietly and unobtrusively waiting to reach the right ears. The pair of late-80s LPs by David Sylvian and Holger Czukay make ...

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Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...

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Bill Frisell: Music IS

Read "Music IS" reviewed by John Kelman

The tradition of solo jazz guitar recordings is a long one, with guitarists like Johnny Smith, Al Viola, George Van Eps, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass demonstrating just how far a mere six (in some cases, seven) strings could be taken on their own as far back as the 1950s. Subsequent guitar soloists like John Abercrombie ...