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Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

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The Nels Cline 4 At Higher Ground

Read "The Nels Cline 4 At Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Nels Cline 4
Showcase Lounge at Higher Ground
South Burlington, Vermont
July 2, 2018

The actual calendar date of July 4th was two days away and the biggest local celebration was scheduled for the very next night at Burlington's waterfront. Yet some bonafide fireworks occurred in the Showcase Lounge of ...

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Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No one can accuse guitarist Nels Cline of being predictable. He has recorded with his avant-garde trio the Nels Cline Singers most consistently (with bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola), but also led larger groups, such as the one on New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006). More recently there was his duet with guitarist Julian Lage on ...

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Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When I first heard excerpts from Nels Cline's Lovers project, I wasn't too impressed. I thought it sounded like some kind of archaic “mood music" album. Then as I heard more about the set, including the songs being performed and the personnel performing them, I became intrigued. Now I've heard the entire thing and understand what ...

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Dylan Ryan Sand: Circa

Read "Circa" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Dopo l'eccellente Bleached Sky del 2012, il trio del batterista Dylan Ryan torna sul luogo del delitto con una bella tanica di benzina e accende un fuoco capace di brillare per la notte intera. L'incendiario principale è, come al solito, il bravissimo chitarrista Tim Young, cresciuto all'ombra di Wayne Horvitz e dei suoi Zony Mash, con ...

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Dylan Ryan / Sand: Circa

Read "Circa" reviewed by Troy Collins

Sand is the latest project from forward-thinking drummer Dylan Ryan, leader and principal composer of Herculaneum, a progressive ensemble that skillfully negotiates the tenuous divide between avant-garde jazz and instrumental post-rock. This smaller lineup (featuring guitarist Timothy Young and bassist Devin Hoff) evinces a similar aesthetic, exploring the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic intricacies of creative improvised ...

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Dylan Ryan / Sand: Circa

Read "Circa" reviewed by Robert Bush

Circa is the second effort from drummer Dylan Ryan's trio Sand, featuring guitarist Timothy Young and bassist Devin Hoff, extending the concepts established on the 2012 release, Bleached Sky.

If you've ever pondered what Crazy Horse or Robin Trower might sound like with an acoustic bassist and a dynamically sensitive drummer, Circa ...

Mikolaj Trzaska/ Devin Hoff/ Michael Zerang: Sleepless In Chicago

Read "Sleepless In Chicago" reviewed by John Sharpe

With Poland proving such a welcoming venue for so many of Chicago's finest, it's no surprise to see a little quid pro quo from time to time. Reedman Mikołaj Trzaska, one of his country's most forward thinking players, has collaborated with various visiting Americans, most notably Joe McPhee and Ken Vandermark, but it is as a ...

The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

Read "Macroscope" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La luminosa carriera di Nels Cline è talmente ben consolidata che non serve alcuna conferma. Ma se per caso qualcuno si fosse distratto negli ultimi trent'anni, arriva oggi un segnale che non si può ignorare: con questo Macroscope il chitarrista californiano riafferma il suo posto di riguardo nella lista dei dieci chitarristi più interessanti della sua ...

The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

Read "Macroscope" reviewed by Troy Collins

Macroscope is a first for guitarist Nels Cline's ironically named band, The Nels Cline Singers, in more ways than one. The group's four previous albums were released by the notoriously adventurous Cryptogramophone label, so it is somewhat surprising to see the amplified power trio's latest endeavor issued by the relatively mainstream Mack Avenue imprint. More importantly, ...