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Spike Wilner: Koan

Read "Koan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

I have an idea that pianist Spike Wilner has read Kenny Werner's book Effortless Mastery: Liberating The Master Musician Within (1996), because Koan emulates Werner's lessons in surrendering one's self to music. Werner's teachings on enlightenment flow through this trio recording, Wilner's sixth as a leader.

As a disciple of Harlem stride and ragtime, ...

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Lars Jansson Trio: Koan

Read "Koan" reviewed by Chris Mosey

A koan is a Zen Buddhist riddle that cannot be solved by the intellect alone. The best known, portrayed on the cover of Lars Jansson Trio's Koan, is “What is the sound of one hand clapping?" The koan has been described as a form of spiritual dynamite that can propel the mind into satori, or “spiritual ...

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Lars Jansson Trio: Koan

Read "Koan" reviewed by James Pearse

The second Lars Jansson Trio recording of 2012, after the outing with Ensemble MidtVest on Worship Of Self (Prophone, 2012), is a deep and reflective one. Koan not only remembers the victims of the 2011 tsunami, but also pays homage to the people of Japan and their unique culture.

Lars Jansson Trio is something of ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Koan

Read "Koan" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Parlando un paio d'anni fa dell'esordio da leader del giovane e talentuoso batterista Tyshawn Sorey [il disco si chiamava That/Not], dichiaravamo con onestà il nostro disorientamento di fronte a una scelta espressiva originale, ma alla fine poco convincente, quella di una musica astratta e filigranata, nella quale il grande magistero ritmico del musicista - che ricordiamo in formazioni significative come ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Koan

Read "Koan" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Who would have thought that it would be a drummer to finally, and successfully bridge the worlds of jazz, minimalism, and improvisation? But, it is indeed Tyshawn Sorey, maybe known best for his work with the almost always frenetic players Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman in the band Fieldwork, or through gigs with Dave Douglas, Steve ...