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Content by tag "Glenn Astarita"

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Trio S: Somewhere Glimmer

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New York-based clarinetist, banjoist, Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Yuka Honda) is often immersed within the new music realm, including jazz and most of its offshoots. Highly in demand, the artist also composes for theater and TV. With Trio S' second release, he skirts the boundaries of ambient-electronic stylizations, jazz, folk and modern chamber, with ...

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Bobby Bradford - Hafez Modirzadeh with Ken Filiano & Royal Hartigan: Live At The Magic Triangle

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Venerable West Coast-based trumpeter, cornetist and instructor, Bobby Bradford has carved out a big slice of modern jazz history due to his recordings and performances with iconic jazz artisans, reedmen Ornette Coleman, John Carter, Eric Dolphy and bassist Charlie Haden among other luminaries. On this superb release recorded at the University of Massachusetts as part of ...

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Daniel Rosenthal: Music in the Room

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Trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal and his fellow hornists have all performed with the fabled, Either / Orchestra which to some extent has been an institution for many top-flight Boston area jazz musicians. Here, the leader and the dual sax attack of Charles Kohlhase and Rick Stone incorporate brash and fluid soloing into a program that contains a ...

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Trojka: I Speilvendthet

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Scandinavian progressive rock bands usually extract the finer qualities of the classic prog days of yore, and morphing into nouveau platforms, brimming with refreshing attributes and harmonious components. Hence, this young Norwegian trio renews and revitalizes some of the routes previously traversed. And it's not all about endless soloing tirades and knotty time signatures that for ...

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Christoph Erb - Jim Baker - Frank Rosaly: Parrots Paradise

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If you're a free-jazz experimentalist or basically open-minded, then a glimmer of paradise might become reality after listening to this off-centered, sinewy session that occasionally sounds like it's bursting at the seams. And while its largely discordant, the musicians' polytonal exchanges and sound-sculpting mechanisms generate loads of interest, coupled with the trio's unsystematic musical lingo.

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Der Verboten: Der Verboten

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Violist Frantz Loriot and pianist Cedric Piromalli previously joined forces under the German moniker, Treffpunkt. And Der Verboten signifies the new lineup with the addition of saxophonist Antoine Chessex and drummer Christian Wolfarth for a fascinating album captured live at a French venue. And while the lone extended track “Der Dritte Treffpinky," is firmly situated in ...

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Orfeo 5: In The Green Castle

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You never know what to expect from this UK-based record label, which is often a good thing. Otherwise, its website accurately delineates that Orfeo 5, “play what might best be described as improvised narrative landscape music, their pieces evolving over time to create a sense of place and journey."

It's an acoustic-electric ...

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Nik Turner: Life In Space

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The British reedman, vocalist, and former member of the legendary space rock band Hawkwind navigates the cosmos once again. For some, Life in Space may equate to solitude and awe, but Nik Turner's festive approach may be more conducive to joyriding on Comets. Indeed, the artist's vocals take on an air of innocence, often mixed evenly ...

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Say Bok Gwai: Trio / Chinese Jesus

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If you ever wondered what an angst-ridden, scaled back version of Sonic Youth would sound like if the musicians were overdosing on energy drinks, then the core duo of Say Bok Gwai may represent that notion rather mightily, and then some. Based in San Francisco, the unit is billed as a Chinese American hardcore rock band. ...

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Alexander Hawkins / Elaine Mitchener Quartet: UpRoot

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Since the mid-2000s, British pianist, composer, Alexander Hawkins (Evan Parker, Chicago/London Underground) has become a force to be reckoned with, largely within Europe's exploratory progressive jazz and improvising circles. As a collaborator and solo artist, the pianist transmits a distinctive line of attack, where melody and free-form extrapolations enjoy a happy coexistence. On this studio set, ...


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