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Devin Gray: Dirigo Rataplan II

Read "Dirigo Rataplan II" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Dirigo Rataplan is a group led by drummer Devin Gray that contains three outstanding musicians with Baltimore ties, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, trumpeter Dave Ballou and bassist Michael Formanek. They first recorded in 2012, and six years later they have released a followup CD, Dirigo Rataplan II, with a rambunctious inside-outside style that is based on strong ...

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Tom Abbs & Frequency Response: Hawthorne

Read "Hawthorne" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs began his Frequency Response series in 2003 with Conscription (CIMP Records). The group--then a quartet--included tenor saxophonist Brian Settles and drummer Chad Taylor. Alto saxophonist Jason Candler, violinists Jean Cook and Jenna Barvitski are later additions to Frequency Response. On their long-awaited fourth album Hawthorne, Abbs again stands in as a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases

Read "Tomasz Dabrowski, Thumbscrew and other new releases" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Back in January 2018, for all intents and purposes, Cuneiform Records shut down most of their operation. A total reassessment of their position in the industry and the state of the industry itself were scheduled. Would they be back or not? Lo and behold, some months later they returned and we have to thank Mary Halvorson, ...

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Satoko Fujii: Live at Big Apple in Kobe

Read "Live at Big Apple in Kobe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Another new formation marks the eighth entry in the sixtieth-birthday series of monthly releases from Satoko Fujii. As part of the pianist's year long celebration, she has released albums as a solo performer, a duo (with Joe Fonda), a new trio configuration with Fonda and Italian saxophonist Gianni Mimmo and another with Tamura and drummer Takashi ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Relay Jazz

Read "Relay Jazz" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Already soccered-out? Then dive in the world of Jazz Relay: the exciting sport in which one jazz player passes the baton to the next one and at the end all listeners are exhilarated by the mind-boggling diversity of music that comes out of different bands even when they have many players in common.

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Thumbscrew: Theirs

Read "Theirs" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The trio Thumbscrew is releasing simultaneously two recordings from a single session, Theirs and Ours. The first is an album of cover songs and the latter originals by the band. While these reductionist tags might describe the music in its fundamental aspects, these two recordings are the product of one intricate process and trio language.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival 2018

Read "Vision Festival 2018" reviewed by John Sharpe

23rd Annual Vision Festival
Roulette
New York, NY
May 23-28, 2018

Introduction The Vision Festival somewhat surprisingly but reassuringly stands proud as the longest-lived annually produced jazz festival in New York. While the central plank remains what the Festival terms avant jazz, it's interspersed with poetry, dance, art, and ...

Dave Ballou: Quadrants (for solo trumpet)

Read "Quadrants (for solo trumpet)" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dave Ballou è un trombettista di cinquantacinque anni (il 22 aprile) del Rhode Island con all'attivo, a partire dal 1997, undici album a suo nome con a fianco musicisti del calibro di Michael Formanek, Cameron Brown, Tony Malaby, Randy Peterson, Drew Gress e svariati altri, nonché incisioni a firma dello stesso Formanek (il bellissimo The Distance, ...

Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Read "Code Girl" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Those familiar with guitarist Mary Halvorson's numerous projects have become well-acquainted with the idiosyncratic, unorthodox, sometimes cerebral approach she takes to her craft. Halvorson's compositions are consistently thoughtful but rarely predictable and her improvising is similarly distinctive, so expecting the unexpected is par for the course. Even so, the breadth of Halvorson's interests and influences can ...

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Alan Ferber: Jigsaw

Read "Jigsaw" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra il pubblico del jazz italiano è colpevolmente poco noto. Eppure Alan Ferber è tra i più attivi e richiesti trombonisti contemporanei, con più di cento incisioni da sideman negli ultimi 15 anni (tra cui con le orchestre di John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Brian Landrus, Ted Nash, Gerald Wilson ed i gruppi di Nels Cline, ...