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Pete Malinverni: Heaven

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New York City-based pianist Pete Malinverni is a spiritual man. It's a side of his musical personality that he explores with depth and clarity on Heaven, a mostly trio affair that puts his succinct feel for the sacred, his supple and exquisite touch and his improvisational elan in the forefront on a gorgeous set of music. ...

Geof Bradfield: Birdhoused

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A horn-fest? That was the initial impression of saxophonist Geof Bradfield's Birdhoused, a set featuring a quintet with no chording instrument and  four horn front line in a live set at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. While Bradfield's Melba (Origin Records, 2013) paid tribute to the under-sung trombonist/composer/arranger Melba Liston; and his Roots (Origin Records, 2015) ...

Clark Sommers Lens: By A Thread

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Bassist Clark Sommers served up a terrific trio outing in 2013 with Ba(sh) (Origin Record), a teaming with his fellow Chicagoans, reedman Geof Bradfield and drummer Dana Hall. He expands the ensemble to a quintet for By A Thread. Tenorist (mostly, he also adds his bass clarinet to the sound) Geof Bradfield is back, in what ...

Matija Dedić: Dedication

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Croatian pianist Matija Dedic opens his Dedicated with the extraordinarily lovely and wistful “Symphoetetic Waltz." Saxophonist  Chris Cheek's sweet saxophone floats like an angel over this chamber jazz esthetic. Pianist Dedic tells this--and all of the stories on the disc--with a crystal clear clarity. Upping the chamber jazz mood, cellist Noah Hoffeld enters on “His Visit" ...

Hal Galper And the Youngbloods: Live At The Cota Jazz Festival

Read "Live At The Cota Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The trio recordings released by pianist Hal Galper between 2006 and 2014--six discs, all but one on Origin Records--plowed fresh ground. Each disc dug deeply into the “Rubato" form. Taken as a whole--from 2006's Agents Of Change (Fabola Records) through 2014's O's Time (Origin Records)--the full series represents a monumental, sharply focused project that, for those ...

Craig Taborn/Ikue Mori: Highsmith

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Pianist Craig Taborn--who seems an artist unconcerned with striking a commercial chord--climbed into a higher profile with three terrific releases on ECM Records: Avenging Angel (2011); Chants (2013); and Daylight Ghosts (2017). Beyond those, his discography as a leader is slim--as opposed to his prodigious sideman contributions. He and his artistry have been described as “elusive." ...

Dan Dean: Songs Without Words

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Bassist Dan Dean's original plan for this project was the hiring of sixteen string players to join him in the studio to record a set for solo bass with string orchestra: Vivaldi's Concerto For Lute and Orchestra in D Major, along with music from JS Bach, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albononi. The cost for the project proved ...

Brian Marsella Trio: Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31

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How many angels are there? Alto saxophonist/composer John Zorn started his Masada Book Two, Book of Angels endeavor in 2005, with Astaroth: Book of Angels, Volume 1, by the Jamie Saft Trio. Thirty recordings and twelve years later, he offers up Buer: Book Of Angels, Volume 31, by the Brian Marsella Trio. A tune for every ...

Aruán Ortiz: Cub(an)ism

Read "Cub(an)ism" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The profile of Cuban-born pianist Aruan Ortiz climbed a few rungs on the ladder with the release of 2016's Hidden Voices (Intakt Records). The sound there was dark and brooding, as Ortiz constructed geometric musical shapes filled with sharp angles and unexpected tangents. His covers on the recordings--one tune by Thelonious Monk and another by Ornette ...

Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

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There's a purity and innocence in the music of pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. But a subtle complexity colored his tunes, masked by an enchanting approach-ability. You hear “Bemsha Swing," “Well You Needn't," “In Walked Bud," and the melodies won't leave your head; they soak into your neural circuitry, permanently.

Monk emerged in the late forties ...


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