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Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018

Read "Attarian's Dozen: The Twelve Best Recordings from 2018" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The year 2018 was, musically speaking, a good year. The label Pi Recordings did it again with six magnificent albums, three of which made it in my top twelve. In addition, two feminist themed gems are included as well as four by master pianists. An intimate and adventurous duet, a meeting of great minds and a ...

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David Virelles: Igbó Alákọrin

Read "Igbó Alákọrin" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Maybe the most unexpected delight of 2018, avant-garde pianist David Virelles has released an utterly dyed-in-the-wool homage to his birthplace of Santiago de Cuba.

Completely different from any other recording he's done to this point, this unreconstructed slice of midcentury Cuban music is so completely steeped in tradition, and Virelles' playing is so gorgeously virtuosic, ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round

Read "3 Times Round" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

As a solo artist, trumpeter/composer Jonathan Finlayson (Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill) has been forging a rapid growth-pattern, conspicuously illustrated here, on his third release for Pi. On his previous solo outings for the label, Finlayson was the lone horn player with his band Sicilian Defense. Now, he broadens his scope by employing eminent saxophonists, Steve Lehman ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: 3 Times Round

Read "3 Times Round" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to the music of Jonathan Finlayson is kind of like being in the audience of a TED Talk where the entire house is packed with PhDs. You understand the presenter is operating on a higher level, and so the acquisition of knowledge requires attention and some discipline. But you come to expect a challenge from ...

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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Do you long for the days when jazz was punk? Not meaning music that is loud and out-of-control. but punk as in innovative, nonconformist, and seditious. One hundred years ago, the music of Louis Armstrong was punk, and a few decades later so was Charlie Parker's revolutionary bebop. You probably did not witness those rebellions, nor ...

Steve Coleman: Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Read "Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Decades after he had migrated from Chicago to New York to briefly play in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman took to the Village Vanguard stage that Jones and Lewis had occupied for more than twenty years. Since 2015, Coleman and his Five Elements group have made the club an annual event in their ...

Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Read "Live at Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

È solamente da tre anni che gli organici di Steve Coleman si esibiscono con regolarità al Village Vanguard di New York. Ma il club, si sa, profuma di leggenda, e anche il sassofonista chicagoano non ha resistito alla sirena che reclamava il classico “live" nel tempio della Settima Avenue.

Ne è valsa la pena. ...

Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)

Read "Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Artists don't release Live at the Village Vanguard recordings unless they've truly got something to say. The list of recordings from that fabled venue, run for decades by the incomparable Max and Lorraine Gordon, is indeed long and legendary, with well over 100 titles to date, including some of the most iconic recordings in jazz history. ...

Jen Shyu: Song of the Silver Geese

Read "Song of the Silver Geese" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Viene spesso definita una vocalist sperimentale Jen Shyu, ma questo disco conferma che è molto di più. Dopo aver collaborato stabilmente con Steve Coleman e ancora con Anthony Braxton, Bobby Previte, Mark Dresser, Chris Potter e altri grandi, la cantante americana di genitori orientali (Taiwan e Timor Est) ha compiuto negli anni scorsi ricerche etnomusicologiche, recandosi ...

Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg: Dirt...And More Dirt

Read "Dirt...And More Dirt" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pi Recordings, under the leadership of Seth Rosner, got its start in 2001 with the simultaneous release of two CDs from avant-garde reedman Henry Threadgill, Everybody's Mouth's A Book, featuring the band Make a Move, and Up Popped The Two Lips, by the Threadgill group Zooid. This was a re-emergence for Threadgill; his three-record deal with ...