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FLOW stands for Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman. Its a New Age group formed out of friendship and a history of working and playing together over eight years. FLOW is a New Age music group – Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Jeff Oster. In early 2015, Lawrence Blatt invited Fiona Joy and Jeff Oster to join him at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios to create an album Inspired by the iconic Windham Hill ensembles. Once recording began, it became clear that Will could be an essential part of this group as an artist as well as producer. When invited, Will was happy to join the others and FLOW was born

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Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

2017 was another good year for music and while there is much unrest in the world, it is a source of comfort that it is still possible to bring people together from different corners of the world to play and sing together. Here are twelve records that stood out for me.

Matthew Shipp ...

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Flow: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

FLOW is a New Age-super group consisting of pianist Fiona Joy (the f), guitarist Lawrence Blatt (the l), trumpeter Jeff Oster (the o) and guitarist and founder of the legendary label, Windham Hill, William Ackerman (the W).

Their self-titled debut creates a beautiful flow in the music that lives up to their name. ...

Generations Quartet: Oliver Lake/Joe Fonda/Michael Jefrys Stevens/Emil Gross: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As the name would imply, the Generations Quartet spans the ages of its personnel. An off-shoot (of sorts) from the Trio Generations group, it's a semantic difference as saxophone legend Oliver Lake was a guest in the lineup that performed in 2015. From that same tour, we get Flow, a festive exercise of freedom and comradery ...

Michael Jefry Stevens: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens has been involved in many projects in his career over the past forty years. The Generations Quartet started out as a trio six years ago, consisting of Stevens with his long-time musical partner, bassist Joe Fonda and newcomer, drummer Emil Gross. The trio became a quartet with the addition of saxophonist (and ...

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Ari Erev: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Flow is the third recording as leader from prominent Israeli pianist Ari Erev and follows the themes of “time" and “change" that titled his previous albums. On this endeavor, Erev designs a project that reflects his affinity for the percussive Latin sound by including a touch of Afro-Cuban rhythms as one of the elements in a ...

Drifter: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Drifter started life as the Alexi Tuomarila Quartet, a band that was beginning to develop a reputation on the European jazz scene with its second album, 02 (Warner Jazz, 2003). Unfortunately, the label's parent company dropped its jazz list, leaving the quartet without a contract shortly after the album's release. Tuomarila carried on--releasing a trio album, ...

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Flow might just be the perfect record for late-night, candle light-and-wine listening with that special someone. As the music comes out of the speakers, it floats and softly envelops the room in deep violet, making time stop for the duration.

If the group can be said have a leader, electric bassist Konstantin Ionenko would ...

Deep Tone Project: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the recent headlines there is a cultural history in Ukraine that has influenced much of Europe and Western Asia since the middle ages. Under the Soviet regime, much of the country's classical and religious music was banned while the region's folkloric music not only thrived but, after Ukrainian independence, remained a defensive mechanism to counter ...

Terence Blanchard: Flow

Read "Flow" reviewed by John Kelman

While some bemoan the fact that there have been no “major" developments in jazz in some time--and go so far as to cite that as proof jazz is dead or, at the very least, dying--they're missing the point. With the seemingly infinite number of sources that are being adopted and adapted into jazz contexts these days, ...