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Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...

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Kenneth Jimenez: Sublunary Minds

Read "Sublunary Minds" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although he is a relative newcomer as a bassist and composer, Kenneth Jimenez keeps some pretty distinguished company. One of his current projects, Sonnet to Silence, marshals the talents of some avant-garde heavy hitters, pianist Angelica Sanchez, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Hery Paz. His partners on Sublunary Minds, his second disc as leader, aren't quite ...

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Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education

Read "Chad Taylor: Myths and Music Education" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Few drummers know how to use rhythms like Chad Taylor. He makes the drum set sing melodies and paints different hues and shades on the cymbals and skins. He can play inside and outside and has performed with musicians like saxophonists Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders and James Brandon Lewis, pianists Cooper-Moore and Angelica Sanchez, guitarists Jeff ...

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Jazztopad Festival 2017

Read "Jazztopad Festival 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music
Jazztopad Festival
Wroclaw, Poland
November 21-26, 2017

Jazztopad is the yearly Jazz Festival of Poland's Witold Lutoslawski National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. Wroclaw is a vibrant, hip, internationally oriented city that never sleeps, a city with character, lots of peculiar neighbourhoods, ...

ARTICLE: JAZZIN' AROUND EUROPE

The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017

Read "The Slovenian Experience: Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Ljubljana--capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy--hosts the oldest jazz festival in Europe, which held its 58th edition this year (June, 28--July, 2). The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana, residing in one half of an impressive twin ...

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Angelica Sanchez: Float The Edge

Read "Float The Edge" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, New York City-based pianist Angelica Sanchez employs the herculean rhythm section of Michael Formanek (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and is the follow-up to her duet outing with renowned trumpeter, composer Wadada Leo Smith, Twine Forest (Clean Feed, 2014).

Sanchez can be quite cerebral and is irrefutably focused while also showing a penchant ...

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Angelica Sanchez: Float The Edge

Read "Float The Edge" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Angelica Sanchez has become an in demand side person since her move to NYC from Arizona in 1995, performing with Wadada Leo Smith, Tony Malaby, Kevin Norton, Harris Eisenstadt, and Susie Ibarra, among many others. But her own leadership discography remains slighter than might be expected. Surprisingly Float The Edge represents her first entry as ...

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Kris Davis: Duopoly

Read "Duopoly" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Per valutare l'arte pianistica di Kris Davis si ascolti l'incipit di Aeriol Piano, album solitario di qualche anno fa. La decostruzione e conseguente reinvenzione dell'usurata “All the Things You Are" rivelavano un folgorante talento di sintesi, di rara sensibilità; per apprezzarne invece la sottigliezza di orchestratrice è utile tornare a Novela, fantastico disco a nome Tony ...

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Kris Davis and Craig Taborn Live at The Wexner Center For The Arts

Read "Kris Davis and Craig Taborn Live at The Wexner Center For The Arts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Kris Davis and Craig Taborn
The Wexner Center For The Arts
Columbus, OH
October 7, 2016

The two-week, 12 city tour was billed as Kris Davis and Craig Taborn piano duos. It might have been better advertised as a solo act, let's call it 'Davborn' or maybe 'Krisaig.' ...

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Kris Davis: Duopoly

Read "Duopoly" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Query: when does improvised music appear more arranged than written compositions? The question is not a zen koan, it is the notion put forth by the sixteen duets performed by pianist Kris Davis and her eight collaborating partners. Davis, who can no longer be labeled a “rising star" of jazz and improvised piano, is a fully ...