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Dan Weiss: Starebaby

Read "Starebaby" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is always interesting when a musician's newest release zigzags away from previous works, making an abrupt change of course. Often it happens at the request of a producer or record company, and probably because his/her previous disc was not well received. This in no way explains Starebaby by drummer Dan Weiss. Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude

Read "Verisimilitude" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il tocco ricco di sottili contrasti dinamici che Tyshawn Sorey mette in risalto alla batteria si avvicina per ampiezza espressiva a quello delle dita su un pianoforte: dalla pennellata acquosa al colpo ovattato, dall'urto leggero alla cupa, vigorosa stoccata. Sempre restando nell'ambito di una gamma elastica, mobile, rilassata. Una qualità che, unita alla plastica intelligenza musicale, ...

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Jen Shyu: Song of the Silver Geese

Read "Song of the Silver Geese" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The dramatic and sublime The Song of the Silver Geese is vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu's magnum opus. On it Shyu draws from her dual cultural ancestry as well as other east Asian heritages to craft memorable performance art replete with dynamic spontaneity, unique instrumentation and exquisite poetry. The nine-piece suite is divided into “doors" and ...

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Matthew Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace

Read "A Pouting Grimace" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A regular member of Tim Berne's Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet, pianist/keyboardist/composer Matt Mitchell has recently appeared on Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls (ACT Music, 2015) and Jonathan Finlayson's Moving Still (Pi Recordings, 2016). Mitchell has worked with a broad array of top-name artists including Steve Coleman, John Hollenbeck and Mario Pavone. Mitchell is a chameleon, ...

Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis

Read "Morphogenesis" reviewed by Luca Canini

C'è sempre il rischio che l'essenziale sfugga quando si parla di Steve Coleman. Troppe cose da spiegare, troppi pensieri da circoscrivere. E alla fine, puntualmente, il senso e la prospettiva vanno a farsi benedire. Come in una partita a Space Invaders, il videogioco anni Ottanta nel quale bisogna distruggere tutte le astronavi per impedire agli alieni ...

Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude

Read "Verisimilitude" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

So much has been said and written about Tyshawn Sorey's presence as a composer, performer and educator, that there is a threat of redundancy, even in adding new superlatives. Each release, however, demands attention to his exceptional and unmatched creativity. Putting aside Sorey's leader dates for the moment, those who have sought him out as a ...

Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude

Read "Verisimilitude" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Given Tyshawn Sorey's propensity for shattering the boundaries between jazz, free improvisation and classical music, it's noteworthy that he decided to stick with just his regular trio for his latest release, Verisimilitude. His previous record, last year's Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi), drew heavily from the streams of classical and new music, with the additional presence ...

Steve Coleman: Morphogenesis

Read "Morphogenesis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Steve Coleman's music has long sounded largely removed from the direct influence of his native Southside Chicago, not because those elements are missing, but because he creates a hybrid universe that owes as much to Africa and Europe, and to folk, funk, classical and jazz. His newest release, Morphogenesis, while furthering Coleman's musical development, displays features ...

Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis

Read "Morphogenesis" reviewed by Troy Dostert

After his 2015 masterpiece, Synovial Joints, alto saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman left his listeners wondering how he could try to top that extraordinary project. With 21 musicians and an ambitious melding of classical and jazz instrumentation with intricate compositional decisions, Coleman used that record to reveal yet another dimension of his constantly-evolving musical concept--one that's been changing ...

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Read "Trickster" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

There is nothing deceptive about guitarist Miles Okazaki's Trickster. It is simply an elegantly crafted work that engages with its narrative quality and its darkly hued, intriguing texture. On his fourth release as a leader the New York based Okazaki leads a quartet that consists of two of his bandmates from altoist Steve Coleman's Five Elements, ...