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Kristo Rodzevski: The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore

Read "The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A glancing blow from Kristo Rodzevski's trilogy-concluding The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore will bring to mind a Matthew Sweet on mushrooms crossed with Morrissey in a good, if silly, mood. Preceded by Batania (Self Produced, 2015) and Bitter Almonds (Self Produced, 2017), The Rabbit completes Rodzevski's evolution into a musician capable of drawing consonance out ...

Bobby Previte: Rhapsody

Read "Rhapsody" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Distinguished drummer Bobby Previte is a renaissance man who composed, arranged and penned the lyrics on this impressive program. In addition, he supplements his rhythmic contributions with various percussion implements, guitar, autoharp and harmonica. The premise behind Rhapsody relates to Previte's viewpoint about travel and marks the second in a three- part series that originated in ...

Yelena Eckemoff: Desert

Read "Desert" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff's backstory doesn't suggest the potential for a rise to the category of top level jazz pianist. But here she is, after emigrating to the U.S. from Russia with her husband--leaving her children (temporarily) and everything else (permanently) behind in 1991 to escape repression and to start a new life. Classically trained in her ...

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by John Kelman

It might be all too simple to explain away Sonar, the Swiss twin-guitar/bass/drums quartet now in its eighth year together, through a series of touchstones. King Crimson, by way of that band's co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft? Check. The influence of Nik Bartsch and Don Li's innovative meshing of Steve Reich-ian minimalism with deceptively complicated polyrhythmic ...

Sonar with David Torn: Vortex

Read "Vortex" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss art rock/minimalist band Sonar have always had a way with a groove, combining repeating patterns (frequently in mixed meters) into a hypnotic blend. In this they have a lot in common with Steve Reich's Musicians (in the new-music world) and fellow Swiss Nik Bärtsch's Ronin (in the jazz world). Sonar has always sounded like a ...

Miguel de Armas: What’s to Come

Read "What’s to Come" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Well, there is a word for it. tumbao. The Urban Dictionary defines, tumbao, as “An Afro-Puerto Rican word (or African Caribbean...), which means “an indescribable African sexiness or swing." I have always wanted to know what that thing in Latin jazz is: that certain attitude and approach that runs through the body when this music is ...

Dave Liebman - Tatsuya Nakatani - Adam Rudolph: The Unknowable

Read "The Unknowable" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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.

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Jamie Saft: Solo a Genova

Read "Solo a Genova" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Jamie Saft's Solo A Genova is a revelation. It is, in an extensive discography, his only alone-in-the-piano-chair outing. Saft has made a wide-ranging mark in collaborations with Slobber Pup, Metallic Taste of Blood, The Spanish Donkey and Berserk! These group names don't say it all, but do probably say something (Brash? Unconventional? Loud?) about the ...

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Gaudi: Magnetic

Read "Magnetic" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Per the press release, London-based composer, keyboardist and electronics ace, Gaudi's “initial idea for this the project was to compose an album of entirely new music using sound from the RareNoise catalog as his orchestra of musicians." Another point of interest noted in the press sheet is that the album does not contain any remixes. Gaudi ...

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Jamie Saft: Loneliness Road

Read "Loneliness Road" reviewed by Doug Collette

Much of Iggy Pop's early notoriety in his days with the Stooges was predicated on shock value. These days his durability and longevity as an artist render his continued presence only slightly less startling: the seminal punk-rocker is hitting his seventieth decade, a milestone few might've forecast for him around the time of Raw Power (Columbia, ...