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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, ...

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Read "Trickster" reviewed by Nicola Negri

Semplicità e immediatezza sono spesso gli elementi principali di un progetto ben riuscito. Altre volte, la complessità della ricerca teorica più rigorosa serve a illustrare una precisa visione musicale. I dischi che riescono a coniugare in maniera convincente questi aspetti sono rari, e Trickster è uno di questi.

Il chitarrista Miles Okazaki, membro stabile ...

Miles Okazaki: Trickster

Read "Trickster" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Miles Okazaki (Steve Coleman, Dan Weiss) is a meticulous artist and visionary partly due to his thorny and geometrically inclined theme-building practices. With ECM recording artist Craig Taborn sharing the frontline, the guitarist often makes complex storylines sound effortless by design, paralleled by the quartet's symmetrical pulses and deterministic gait. The band also gels to ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La partita a scacchi giocata da Jonathan Finlayson e dai suoi Sicilian Defense (storica contromossa d'apertura del gioco degli scacchi) ha in Moving Still risultati eccellenti. In meraviglioso equilibrio tra scrittura e improvvisazione il disco è la definitiva consacrazione di un talento che ha tradotto la quasi ventennale presenza nei Five Elements di Steve Coleman e ...

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Pi Recordings 2016 Releases

Read "Pi Recordings 2016 Releases" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Over the 15 years of its existence, Pi Recordings has been the home of musical innovators both established and up and coming. Its catalogue includes works by such legends as composer and woodwind player Henry Threadgill, pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and other members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The imprint is also ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson has been an in-demand sideman for a decade, laying a foundation of top-tier groundwork in recording with Steve Coleman on all of that uncompromising composer's Five Elements albums since 2002. Finlayson's performing credits include gigs with Ravi Coltrane, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, and many other notable artists. Not until 2013 did ...

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Steve Lehman: Sélébéyone

Read "Sélébéyone" reviewed by Luca Canini

Due sarebbero i modi più appropriati e coscienziosi di iniziare questa recensione. Il primo: una rapida carrellata sui precedenti tentativi di contaminazione tra jazz e hip hop (entrambi i generi intesi nel senso più ampio e inclusivo possibile). Da Steve Coleman e Greg Osby alle lucide visioni di Mike Ladd e Vijay Iyer, dal Miles Davis ...

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Jonathan Finlayson: Moving Still

Read "Moving Still" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If the title of trumpeter-composer Jonathan Finlayson's sophomore outing doesn't fully express his keenness in balancing conceptual grounding and rigor with fly-to-the-outer-limits expressiveness, the music certainly does. Moving Still--the highly anticipated follow up to Moment And The Message (Pi Recordings, 2013)--finds Finlayson doing what he does best: offsetting intricate lines and latticework with episodes of openness, ...


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