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Aruán Ortiz Trio: Live in Zürich

Read "Live in Zürich" reviewed by John Sharpe

Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz just goes from strength to strength on his third release on the Intakt imprint, although it is his twelfth overall. While most of the repertoire on Live In Zurich appears on previous albums, what he does with it here, through dramatically extending and mashing pieces together, is nothing short of remarkable. This ...

Aruán Ortiz Trio with Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Live in Zürich

Read "Live in Zürich" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Live in Zürich is the twelfth album from Cuban avant-garde composer and pianist Aruán Ortiz. Of those recordings widely available in the US, Ortiz has worked with a variety of group formats. His quartet released Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2013), was followed by a trio outing on Hidden Voices (Intakt Records, 2016) and two successive ...

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Musicianer: Slow Learner

Read "Slow Learner" reviewed by John Sharpe

With Musicianer reedman Josh Sinton adroitly shows how to combine the abstract and the earthy. It helps that he has enlisted long time associates drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Jason Ajemian to realize the eleven compositions on the group's debut Slow Learner. Taylor, who first garnered international attention in the Chicago Underground Duo (etc) with cornetist ...

Thollem | Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons

Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In a remote outpost of creativity, the little town of Marfa sits on less than two square miles, a one-hour drive from the Mexican border. With a population of about two-thousand, it may, nevertheless, be the Brooklyn of the West Texas desert plateau. From its beginnings as an artist colony (of sorts), Marfa has been developing ...

Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die

Read "Fly Or Die" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Improvisational trumpeter and electronics artist Jaimie Branch, a Chicago native, began playing trumpet at the age of nine. Doing double-duty, she has also worked around her home town as a sound engineer for Tim Daisy and Ken Vandermark. A relative newcomer, Branch moved to New York to complete a Master's degree in in Jazz Performance and ...

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Chicago Underground Duo al Pinocchio Live Jazz

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Pinocchio Live Jazz
Firenze
14.02.2015.

Rob Mazurek frequenta spesso il nostro paese e a Firenze in particolare ha una folta schiera di estimatori, creatasi anche grazie al Chicago Underground Duo con Chad Taylor. Il suo ritorno al Pinocchio, perciò, non poteva essere che salutato con entusiasmo, reso tangibile da ...

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Chicago Underground Duo al Carambolage di Bolzano

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Piccolo Teatro Carambolage
Bolzano
9 febbraio 2015

Lo spazio del Carambolage di Bolzano, piccolo teatro dedicato spesso al cabaret, è ideale anche per la musica. Lo ha dimostrato la pregevole programmazione attuata da Vittorio Albani nell'arco di una decina di anni in cui sono passati tanti paladini del jazz ...

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Woven Entity: Woven Entity

Read "Woven Entity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Even by the standards of the increasingly improvisational Babel Label, the self-titled Woven Entity is an unusual release. With a core group of three percussionists and a bass, the Woven Entity quartet includes Lascelle Gordon, formerly with the acid jazz band, The Brand New Heavies. While Gordon doubles up on percussion and electronics, fellow percussionist Patrick ...

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Troy Collins' Best Releases of 2014

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Considering the quantity of recordings released in a year's time, attempting to compile an end of the year list mentioning every first-rate session would be difficult at best. The ten titles included below are among the most exceptional new jazz albums I've heard in 2014.

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Pharoah & The Underground: Spiral Mercury

Read "Spiral Mercury" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

With Pharaoh & the Underground we have two generations of musicians whose common bond is their greatness. Tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders--heir to his friend and colleague John Coltrane--and Rob Mazurek, the most inventive cornetist since Louis Armstrong are captured together on Spiral Mercury . The album is a document of a 2013 concert, one of the ...