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ARTICLE: RADIO

Burning Ghosts, Alister Spence and More

Read "Burning Ghosts, Alister Spence and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Expat bassist Mike Parker is living in Poland now and making great music with his Trio Theory. This episode kicks off with a pair of tunes from Shiny Objects, Dark Places, his latest album. You'll also hear Burning Ghosts with their musical expression of anger and distaste for the current state of American politics. The second ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship

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A second week of favourite recordings from 2018 by Scott Clark, Schnell, Jason Robinson, Enrique Haneine, Steve Coleman, Nicole Mitchell and Liberty Ship. This week we also dig into some of the newer releases that have arrived: the Wing Walker Orchestra, Francesco Diodati & Yellow Squeeds, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Christoph Irniger Pilgrim among others. Top it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Inizia con una rullata. Fitta, uniforme ma chiara, ricca di risonanze. Lunga: solo verso la fine, dopo quasi quattro minuti, accenna un aumento dell'intensità e si ferma sul silenzio. Chiave o forziere ermeticamente chiuso? Così l'esordio del primo dei tre CD che compongono Pillars, lavoro impegnativo sia per chi ascolta che per chi lo ha prodotto, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tyshawn Sorey's musical career has been steadily moving away from jazz and toward new music in several forms. Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017) is dominated by a series of textural motions that create a dark mood. That album followed another Pi release, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016); an album that featured classical composition and improvisation. Sorey's ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Il meglio del 2016 secondo Neri Pollastri

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Elencare le musiche migliori di un'annata è sempre cosa arbitraria e soggettiva, ma soprattutto espone al rischio di escludere altra musica, meritevole invece quanto quella inclusa (e, a volte, persino di più). Ne consegue che anche questo elenco--peraltro molto meditato -è tutt'altro che esaustivo, o definitivo. Indica però, certamente, musica che in questo 2016 mi ha ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

Read "An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stephen Haynes: Pomegranate

Read "Pomegranate" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dedicato alla memoria di Bill Dixon, che gli fu maestro, questo disco di Stephen Haynes è un piccolo gioiello di nitidezza e coerenza, pur mettendo in scena una moderna musica free condotta da musicisti che certo non si sottraggono ad affrontare la complessità e magmaticità di questo genere.

Il lavoro, di circa un'ora, si ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Leap of Faith/Thomas Heberer: Solution Concepts

Read "Solution Concepts" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The twenty year history of Leap of Faith includes an eleven year hiatus that is noteworthy more for the cooperative's ability to seamlessly pick up the pieces than for an uber-extended break. Cellist Glynis Lomon--a one-time student of Bill Dixon--was working the Boston circuit with multi-reedist PEK in the 1990s. The two honed their far reaching ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Victoriaville 2012

Read "Victoriaville 2012" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Canada
May 17-20, 2012
There are many ways to weigh a music festival, but one method that sets a fairly reasonable standard for excellence is whether or not there was at least one point that elicited feelings of good fortune. Not just if it was enjoyable or if highly respected ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival: Day 1, June 5, 2011

Read "Vision Festival: Day 1, June 5, 2011" reviewed by John Sharpe

Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7
Vision Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY

June 5-11, 2011

Now in its 16th year, the annual Vision Festival in NYC's Lower East Side remains the premier showcase for the city's avant jazz talent. While for residents, ...