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John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles

In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

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Yedo Gibson / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla: Chain

Read "Chain" reviewed by John Sharpe

Fast changing textural interplay is the name of the game on Chain which comprises six group inventions, all falling within the 8-14 minute bracket, recorded in Lisbon in June 2016. A familiar presence on the Amsterdam scene, Brazilian-born saxophonist Yedo Gibson appears the de facto leader of a collective trio, accompanied by Portuguese/Catalan drummer Vasco Trilla ...

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Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud: En Corps Generation

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The eponymous debut En Corps (Dark Tree, 2012) by the French triumvirate of pianist Eve Risser, bassist Benjamin Duboc and drummer Edward Perraud made several year-end lists, and Génération belongs in the same category. Les Deux Versants Se Regardent (Clean Feed, 2016) by Risser's White Desert Orchestra revealed her as a composer of note, as well ...

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John Dikeman / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini: Salão Brazil

Read "Salão Brazil" reviewed by John Sharpe

Amsterdam-domiciled American saxophonist John Dikeman and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente have become regular collaborators, although the only prior evidence on disc is their first meeting in Twenty One 4tet's Live At Zaal 100 (Not Two, 2016). For the limited edition LP Salão Brazil they have enlisted two of the brassman's countrymen in Belgian-based bassist Hugo Antunes ...

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Albert Cirera: Before The Silence

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On Before The Silence, four musicians from the Iberian Peninsula collectively birth one 53-minute improvisation, split into three tracks and a final short coda. Pianist Agusti Fernandez is likely the most recognizable name here, but the nominal leader reedman Albert Cirera has an enduring association with the pianist, first as a student, then appearing as part ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2016" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases, reviewed at All About Jazz, which stood out among those I heard this year.

Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
(Cuneiform Records)

While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes ...

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RED Trio & John Butcher: Summer Skyshift

Read "Summer Skyshift" reviewed by John Sharpe

It was the release of Empire (No Business, 2011) that constituted the point at which many people first began to pay attention to the Portuguese Red Trio. That collaboration with English saxophonist John Butcher featured on several year end lists. It paved the way for a series of further alliances, documented on disc with trumpeter Nate ...

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Marilyn Lerner / Ken Filiano / Lou Grassi: Live At Edgefest

Read "Live At Edgefest" reviewed by John Sharpe

Three stalwarts of the improvised music scene combine to persuasive effect on the limited edition LP Live At Edgefest. An excellent sound allows Canadian pianist Marilyn Lerner and the NYC-based pairing of bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Lou Grassi to be heard as part of a truly egalitarian collective. A strong group dynamic is evident straight ...

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Deux Maisons: For Sale

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The two houses name-checked in the outift's moniker refer to the twin countries represented by the string pairing of French brothers Théo and Valentin Ceccaldi and the Portuguese duo of trumpeter Luis Vicente and drummer Marco Franco. Vicente already boasts a well received previous disc in Clocks & Clouds (FMR, 2014) which matched both him and ...

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Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding Of Evidentiality

Read "Coding Of Evidentiality" reviewed by John Sharpe

Slovenian-born, New York based drummer Dre Hocevar may not be a familiar name to many but that will likely change after Coding Of Evidentiality. Hocevar has convened a trio which sits comfortably in the lineage of the Portuguese Red Trio (who can be heard to good effect on Empire (No Business, 2011, Stem (Clean Feed, 2012) ...