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Wobbler: From Silence to Somewhere

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Formed in 1999, this premier Norwegian band lights up the progressive rock genre with this superfine and expertly produced studio album, where the old school prog playbook is given a bit of an uplift, especially since the band casts a gleaming persona into these multifaceted works. Sure, glimpses of Gentle Giant and classic-era Genesis weave into ...

Pilgrims: Oriental Orbit

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This International trio's second album contains an East meets West nomenclature, but a case can be made that their unique bridging of various modalities defies strict categorizations. Enhanced by audiophile qualities, the recording radiates a mystical communion of diverse instrumentation that toggles between conventional world jazz norms and a horde of tasty abstracts or pieces where ...

Dave Liebman - Tatsuya Nakatani - Adam Rudolph: The Unknowable

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Sax great David Liebman, multitalented percussionist, bandleader Adam Rudolph and prominent Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani project an otherworldly, Uber world jazz tome on this recording of spontaneous compositions, where song titles were appended by Rudolph as he listened to the track mix. Thanks to the crystalline audio characteristics, the production offers a very detailed soundstage.

Bob Holz: VISIONS: Coast to Coast Connection

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Jazz fusion drummer Bob Holz and longtime friend, bassist extraordinaire Stanley Clarke (Return to Forever) record together for the first time, namely on two tracks, also featuring bassist Ralphe Armstrong (Mahavishnu Orchestra) and a stellar cast of East and West Coast musicians. Nonetheless, Holz doesn't reinvent the wheel here, but conveys a cheerful vibe via his ...

Dusan Jevtovic: Live at Home

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Prominent Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and his fellow countrymen recorded this synergistic set at a venue in Kragujevac, Serbia. It's a limited-edition CD release, but available as a digital download and via streaming mechanisms. Nonetheless, it's an album where the musicians seemingly play the right notes, sans any extraneous dabbling, tinkering or excessive soloing jaunts. Even ...

Markus Eichenberger & Daniel Studer: Suspended

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Here, two prominent and well-traveled Swiss improvisers, Markus Eichenberger (clarinets) and Daniel Studer (double bass) align their imaginations by exploring minimalist and microtonal trajectories while using space as an additive. Moreover, the duo attains synergy via largely, restrained dialogues. The musicians' delicate approach intimates the power of suggestion, where they can lull you into a trance ...


Simon Phillips Protocol: 4

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All-universe drummer Simon Phillips can navigate just about any rock-related genre with the greatest of ease, given his tenure with Toto, The Who; voluminous discography as a session artist and ongoing leadership with his jazz-rock ensemble, Protocol. On 4 guitar hero Greg Howe replaces Andy Timmons, and Dennis Hamm takes over keyboard duties for Steve Weingart, ...


Osmosis: Osmosis

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Here's a band that largely went under the radar after its lone LP release for RCA Records in 1970. Based in Boston, renowned reedman Charlie Mariano looms as the only well-known musician in this septet. But that's not to say the other members lacked any technical acumen and/or a fertile imagination, especially when looking back into ...


Joao Camoes - Jean-Luc Cappozzo - Jean-Marc Foussat: Autres Paysages

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Electronics ace Jean-Marc Foussat (France) and trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo (France) are established purveyors of whatever may constitute 'new music' loosely skirting the fringes of improvised jazz or perhaps, open-ended experimental frameworks. Here, they team with a willing partner, viola performer Joao Camoes (Portugal) for a session that conjures an electro-organic vibe and spans numerous emotive sensations, ...


Norbert Stein: We Are

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Venerable German saxophonist, composer Norbert Stein's various ensemble manifestations draw inspiration from the work of 19th century scientist, Dr. Faustroll who developed the 'pata physics' theory, defined as a science centered on “unreal logic." Here, the artist leads a quartet under the moniker “Pata Messengers," which is a semi-free program framed on linear thematic sequences that ...