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Emanative: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Every so often an album comes along that is so sweeping in its cultural scope, and so far beyond the norms of critical discourse, that it almost beggars description. Such a disc is Earth, the fourth physical-release album from drummer and producer Nick Woodmansey's Emanative and the follow-up to the band's outstanding The Light Years Of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Like A Jazz Machine 2017

Read "Like A Jazz Machine 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Like A Jazz Machine
Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz
Dudelange, Luxembourg
May 25-28, 2017

Size, as Like A Jazz Machine knows, isn't everything. The audience in the Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz amounts to just four seated rows downstairs, with a small standing section to the rear, and ten rows ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance

Read "Arthur Blythe, 1940-2017: A Remembrance" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

The emotive power of Arthur Blythe's bracing alto saxophone tone and flighty phrasing set him apart from many of his generation. A poet, a muezzin, an angry activist, a lamenting lover: Blythe conjured a broad array of sonic images through his nonpareil approach to music. The beloved altoist, who had battled Parkinson's disease for the past ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the spring of 1974, the storied ESP label had just released the leadership debut of thirty-year old reedman Frank Lowe, and now he was considering his next move. Val Wilmer in her groundbreaking As Serious As Your Life (Quartet Books, 1977) observes about Lowe: “Everywhere you go in New York you'll run into him, working ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The year separating Thanksgivings of 2013 and 2014 has abounded in historic reissues and discoveries. There are several from idiosyncratic bandleader Sun Ra in addition to ones from saxophonists John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan and Charles Lloyd. And of course there are such gems as the third volume of trumpeter Miles Davis' Fillmore bootlegs and clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Musical archeology has become somewhat of a trend these days. It might be explained, in part by the rebirth of vinyl and the excavation of long out-of-print titles, but also there are scores of devoted collectors who've discovered unpublished recordings of significant artists. For the serially neglected avant-garde of jazz, some of these finds have been ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Grip: Celebrate

Read "Celebrate" reviewed by John Eyles

The Grip is an exciting new trio consisting of three well-connected London-based players each with a track record of proven success and innovation in a variety of contexts--saxophonist and flautist Finn Peters, tuba player Oren Marshall and drummer Tom Skinner. The group name is a reference to the cIassic Arthur Blythe album The Grip (India Navigation, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bray Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz festival
Various venues
Bray, County Wicklow
Ireland
May 2-4, 2014

It was an auspicious day. Fifteen years ago to the very day George Jacob introduced the first gig in the history of Bray Jazz Festival. The BJF has survived and prospered, growing from a small, largely national ...

Readymade: Triple Point

Read "Triple Point" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Swedish, Malmö-based Readymade experimental trio focuses on free improvised music with references to jazz, noise and ambient. The trio is comprised of modern jazz drummer Peter Nilsson and electro-acoustic explorers Marcus Lundgren, originally a guitarist but playing synthesizers and electronics here, and Robert Fuchs, who collaborates with Lundgren in another alternative band, Purge. Originally a ...

Russian Saxophonist Lena Bloch Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Debut Cd

Russian Saxophonist Lena Bloch Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Debut Cd

Lena Bloch has been a part of New York jazz scene since 2008. Originally from Russia, she graduated from Cologne Conservatory in Germany and performed in Europe with Keith Copeland, Mal Waldron, Steve Reid. In the US, Lena earned her Masters degree from UMass Amherst. After moving to New York, she performed at the Lady Got Chops ...