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John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Here are ten new releases and two partial reissues, reviewed on All About Jazz, which stood out among the 200 or so discs that I heard this year.

Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson
Crop Circles
(Relative Pitch Records)

Over the last fifteen years or more, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mat Maneri: Sounding Tears

Read "Sounding Tears" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the wake of Evan Parker's 2013 and 2014 residencies at New York's The Stone, a slew of tremendous recordings has emerged showcasing the British saxophonist's encounters with the luminaries of the downtown scene. Prominent among them are Miller's Tale (Intakt, 2016) with the electronics of Ikue Mori, violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, Either, ...

Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears

Read "Sounding Tears" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Viola-ist Mat Maneri has spent a quarter century carving out an artistic niche that marries avant-garde jazz with microtonal music, crafting off-center masterworks like Blue Decco (Thirsty Ear, 2000), Sustain (Thirsty Ear, 2002), and teaming with pianist Lucian Ban on Transylvanian Concert (ECM Records, 2013) and sitting in on a compelling sideman slot on Ches Smith's ...

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Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

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Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

Lucian Ban Elevation: Songs from Afar

Read "Songs from Afar" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Residente negli USA ma nato e cresciuto a Teaca, villaggio della Transilvania, il pianista Lucian Ban presenta in questo CD una panoramica della sua poetica, cangiante fin dalla disposizione della formazione: un classico quartetto con il sax tenore di Abraham Burton, che si allarga a quintetto in quasi tutte le tracce per la presenza della viola ...

Dave Liebman: Expansions: The Puzzle

Read "Expansions: The Puzzle" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The Puzzle is the terrfic follow-up recording by David Liebman's new group, Expansions, the first being Samsara.

No sophomore jinx here; if anything, the group has coalesced further and is even tighter. To throw out a (perhaps meaningless) label, this music could be called hyper-bop in its mix of well-placed dissonance, rhythmic displacements and ...

Lucian Ban: Songs From Afar

Read "Songs From Afar" reviewed by Budd Kopman

It is a truism that musical art, in whatever genre, entails much more than just the technical, either physical or theoretical. True art also has that ineffable something, which could be described as the soul of the performer touching the soul of the listener. The performer brings everything (including, of course, the extra-musical) he or she ...

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Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri Tuba Project featuring Billy Hart at Cornelia St. Café

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Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri Tuba Project featuring Billy Hart
Cornelia St. Café
Greenwich Village, NY
February 13, 2016

Violist Mat Maneri and pianist Lucian Ban, whose Transylvanian Concert (released 2013 on ECM) gave listeners access to some of the most forward-thinking chamber jazz in recent memory, teamed up with drummer ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

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Enjoy Jazz Festival
Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany
October 2 -November 15, 2014

Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

Manfred Eicher: ECM - Selected Signs III - VIII

Read "Manfred Eicher: ECM - Selected Signs III - VIII" reviewed by John Kelman

When München's Haus der Kunst sponsored a nearly three-month exhibition about the ECM Records label, ECM: A Cultural Archeology, which ran from November, 2012 to February, 2013, there was far more to it than just bringing together collections of album covers, rarely seen video, archival tapes, imagery and concert performances. As much as ECM has carved ...