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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyshawn Sorey and Marilyn Crispell: The Adornment of Time

Read "The Adornment of Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two of music's true geniuses, drummer-percussionist Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Marilyn Crispell, join forces on an extraordinary album. The Adornment of Time is a single-track project running almost sixty-five-minutes. The music was improvised and recorded live at the multi-purpose Greenwich Village club, The Kitchen. Outside their considerable composing and instrumental skills, Sorey and Crispell are known ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors

Read "Phalanx Ambassadors" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Partiamo da “Phasic Haze Ramps." Perché con i suoi sedici minuti è il brano più lungo e occupa praticamente un terzo dell'intero album. Perché è il fulcro dell'incisione, l'esaltazione del modus operandi di Matt Mitchell, il centro nevralgico dal quale tutto parte e tutto ritorna. Sin dall'inizio sono coinvolti tutti gli strumenti. Che avanzano in punta ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love

Read "The People I Love" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is easy think about the shock of the new that was bebop when listening to The People I Love by alto saxophonist Steve Lehman's trio. Not that Lehman plays bebop as it was in the 1940s. It took mammals millions of years of evolution to climb down out of trees and fashion tools, but it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Quanta storia. Nel 1969 Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman e il più riluttante Malachi Favors, spinti dalla lungimiranza avventurosa di Lester Bowie, si trasferirono a Parigi, accolti dalla comunità degli artisti e degli appassionati con grande attenzione. Tra questi, c'era il batterista e promotore parigino Claude Delcloo, particolarmente attivo e in contatto fin dal 1968 con l'AACM ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors

Read "Phalanx Ambassadors" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Matt Mitchell's music can be appreciated on a number of levels. It's remarkably cerebral, on the one hand, with a conceptual apparatus that sometimes verges on the impenetrable; yet there are also moments in which the many moving parts of his compositions come together in ways that are quite emotionally powerful. And then there's simply ...

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bassist Malachi Favors, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Joseph Jarman have all passed on, leaving the Art Ensemble of Chicago's remaining original members, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Famoudou Don Moye, to rebuild. We Are on the Edge is a double-CD package; it is a fifty-year celebration of the group, and a dedication to the departed ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Read "We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Seventy plus recordings and fifty years since the inception of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago. I mean the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, its original name. Born of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the band sojourned to Paris and soon changed its name to The Art Ensemble Of Chicago to reflect the corroborative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Anna Webber: Clockwise

Read "Clockwise" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although she's a horn player by trade, Anna Webber has always had a fascination with percussion as a basis for her idiosyncratic compositions. With pieces that build in complexity, with rhythms that are continuously reformulated, Webber produces music where a groove is usually present, yet it's typically filtered and recontextualized in surprising ways. Fortunately she's had ...

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David Virelles: Igbó Alákọrin

Read "Igbó Alákọrin" reviewed by Luca Canini

L'idea non è certo nuova, e nemmeno troppo originale. Legioni di musicisti, da un angolo all'altro del pianeta, non hanno saputo resistere prima o poi alla tentazione di riavvicinarsi a casa, di riannodare i fili con il passato saldando il debito che ogni artista ha con le proprie radici. Ma c'è modo e modo di tornare ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

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 ...