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Gordon Grdina: Cooper's Park

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Cooper's Park's eighteen minute centerpiece crashes into energetic existence sounding like someone just remembered to push record while the ensemble was in high flight mid jam. Flailing majestically away, guitarist Gordon Grdina, alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega and pianist Russ Lossing are heard early working overtime on every level from solo to tag-team tandem, giving, taking, ...

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Enrico Rava - Joe Lovano: Roma

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Pristinely recorded in November 2018, at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma rises from fertile, anticipatory mists like a great host of ECM recordings past, present, and future do and will. Quietly coalescing around the polyphonic, noir-impressionism of master Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava's vaporous “Interiors" are Rava's masterful saxophone counterpart Joe Lovano, accompanied by the avant ...

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Hiromi: Spectrum

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A beacon for jazz to come, since her adrenaline-pumped debut Another Mind (Telarc, 2003), pianist-composer Hiromi Uehara launches herself into her fourth decade with Spectrum, her second album alone at her Yamaha.

The music, she hopes, celebrates the closing of one decade and the opening of the next and, without pause, it does, brimming ...

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Andrew Munsey: High Tide

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Known equally for his unconventional timing as well as his audio design and production, drummer/composer/producer Andrew Munsey takes charge of his equally unconventional, decade-long Brooklyn quintet and delivers the assertive and ambitious High Tide.

Munsey's nine compositions, alive with sparse grooves and slippery time passages morphing from one odd equation to the next collective ...

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Soren Bebe: Echoes

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A yearning reticence lies at the heart of Echoes, Norwegian pianist Soren Bebe's sixth trio disc. Stark yet beautiful at all times, Echoes follows in the spacious, introverted soundscapes of fellow Danish pianistsTord Gustavsen and the late Esbjorn Svensson.

Neo-classical in structure yet open to the tides, the Bebe written title track leads off ...

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Veronica Swift: Confessions

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A born be-bopper, it's literally impossible not to love the energy that 25 year old Veronica Swift brings to her game. Soulfully infused with an infectious passion for jazz past and future, she is building a grand foundation for a long and colorful career, guaranteeing plenty of great performances and listenings along the way.

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Alexa Tarantino: Winds of Change

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Coming at her music with an impressive embrace of style and tradition, and blending a natural youthful inquisitiveness and confidence to make the music her own, saxophonist-flautist and full-of-flair composer Alexa Tarantino--along with pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin, drummer Rudy Royston and trombonist Nick Finzer--makes big strides towards the limelight on her Posi-Tone Records debut ...

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Daniel Carter: Radical Invisibilty

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Always on the farthest fringe of both the downtown New York music scene and the jazz world at large hasn't stopped multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter from leaving an indelible imprint on the greater consciousness. He has worked alongside other mavericks, notably Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono, Cecil Taylor, and Jaco Pastorius. His horns are fiery, disruptive and probing, ...

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Zach Brock / Matt Ulery / Jon Deitmeyer: Wonderment

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A bold, enticing recording, Wonderment vividly captures all the energy and creative frisson that seems to stream endlessly from three of modern music's leading creators, Grammy-winning violinist Zack Brock, in-demand bassist and Woolgathering Records founder Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitmeyer.

Having played together in Chicago's burgeoning jazz atmosphere since 2005, Wonderment is the ...

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Anne Mette Iversen: Invincible Nimbus

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Given the sometimes Euro-chamber sounding approach to Denmark's Berlin-based bassist/composer Anne Mette Iversen's thoroughly interactive music, when she wants to have some fun, the music moves more to the freedom swing of Charles Mingus and the rhythmic conjurings of Dave Holland. This is heard most enjoyably on her dynamic second disc, Invincible Nimbus.

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