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Ken Vandermark / Nate Wooley / Sylvie Courvoisier / Tom Rainey: Noise Of Our Time

Read "Noise Of Our Time" reviewed by John Sharpe

This summit of talent actually delivers what the title promises. The quartet creates an all-encompassing portrait of the state of the art, in which what might be thought noise is adroitly recontextualized in a musical situation. In a way that's what the members have been doing throughout their illustrious careers. Given their daunting skills as improvisers, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tom Rainey: Float Upstream

Read "Float Upstream" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Da queste parti, si sa, nutriamo profonda ammirazione per Tom Rainey, percussionista geniale sia nelle cornici convenzionali che nelle ampie libertà della post-avanguardia.

Il suo quintetto Obbligato da qualche tempo si occupa di affrontare gli standards da un punto di vista si potrebbe dire cool-free ---se ci si passa l'azzardata etichettatura --innervandoli di ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Kirk Knuffke, Ingrid Laubrock and Jerry Bergonzi

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Ingrid Laubrock and Jerry Bergonzi" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we look at the variety that can be found in the World of Jazz as exemplified by the amazing new collaboration with operatic baritone Steven Herring on the new album from Kirk Knuffke, which we contrasted with the ground breaking avant-garde work of featured artist Ingrid Laubrock and with the traditional stylings of another ...

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Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Read "Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Considerate isn't an adjective you generally apply to creative new jazz recordings these days. Vanguard musicians are accustomed to employing the shock and awe required to get attention and satisfy their constituents. Maybe that is why Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically is such a breath of fresh air. Josh Sinton's Predicate ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III

Read "3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III" reviewed by Geno Thackara

More evidence that three is truly a magic number, as explorations in this format remain as expansive and inventive as ever...

Fred Hersch Trio
'97 @ the Village Vanguard
Palmetto Records
2018

Fine artists can aspire to appear in the Louvre someday. Comics might hope for a Las Vegas ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Fred Hersch: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard

Read "Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Doug Collette

Pianist Fred Hersch's discography has been both broadening and deepening in recent years. Besides solo and group recordings, he has released collaborations such as Live in Healdsburg (Anzic, 2018), with multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen. In addition, the archiving of his past work has borne fruit in the form of a remastered Heartsongs (Sunnyside, 2018) and now Fred ...

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Fred Hersch Trio '97: Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard

Read "Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Fred Hersch paid some dues at the Village Vanguard, sitting in as a sideman there from 1979 on, playing with the bands of saxophonist Joe Henderson, trumpeter Art Farmer, alto sax man Lee Konitz, and bassist Ron Carter. But he waited until 1997 to make his debut as a leader. That debut was captured on ...

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Francisco Mela: Ancestros

Read "Ancestros" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

One of the many fine musicians coming out of Cuba, Francisco Mela is an accomplished drummer/percussionist and composer. On Ancestros, his debut on the vinyl-only subscription label Newvelle, he has contributed seven original compositions to a collection that includes covers from Andrew Hill and Paul Motian. The album name--and its title track--are appropriated from Mela's prior ...

Matteo Bortone

Read "Matteo Bortone" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

1. Paul Bley, Closer (ESP, 1966).
Esplorare senza paura di cadere nel vuoto. Barry Altschul incredibile. A mio avviso, uno dei migliori dischi di piano trio.

2. Elliott Smith, Either/Or (Kill Rock Stars, 1997).
Cantautorato struggente post Nick Drake. ”Between the Bars” una delle mie preferite, se avessi una chitarra acustica ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Bray, Ireland
May 4-6, 2018

From the hilltop vantage point the Irish Sea lies veiled under a blanket of thick mist. Greystones, five miles to the right, birthplace of the great Christy Doran, peeks out, seemingly floating above the misty clouds like a Roger ...