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Morten Haxholm: Vestigium

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The world of bass players in modern and post-bop jazz can be divided into two currents. On the one hand, you'll find the dominant character who leads the compositions with a decisive hand and frequent moments of striking ostinatos. On the other, one finds a personality who seems to walk through the composition and, like camouflage, ...

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Gilad Hekselman: Ask For Chaos

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After a run of intriguingly fresh sounding records, starting with 2006 set Splitlife (Smalls Records), up to the most recently released Homes (Jazz Village 2015), New York-based guitarist Gilad Hekselman seems to have widened his musical soundscape even further by pursuing a multitude of different new projects, ultimately proving himself one of the most innovative voices ...

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Edward Simon: Sorrows & Triumphs

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Following in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed eponymous debut record (Red Records) and subsequent sophomore outing Océanos (Criss Cross Records), in 2007, Edward Simon has now once more gathered together the power quartet Afinada, featuring Brian Blade on drums, David Binney on sax and bassist Scott Colley. With the addition of the Imani Winds chamber ...

Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

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In a way, the Atwood Suites have been in the works for almost two decades. When Kenny Wheeler approached Toronto native Andrew Rathbun in search for a band in 2001, the former furthermore inquired if the latter would like a composition of his own penning to be performed beside Wheeler's “Suite Time Suite." Consequently, the “Power ...

John Christensen: Dear Friend

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Madison-based double bassist John Christensen is certainly no rookie to jazz, even though Dear Friend would appear to be his debut album. After attending the University of North Texas, Christensen chose to follow a more personalized education and set up camp in San Francisco. It is in the bay area that he committed to extensive gigging ...

Eric Sierveld: Walk The Walk

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Eric Sierveld's debut outing with the newly formed Organic Quintet is, true to its name, an organ driven affair which shares many similarities with some of the most traditional organ-based endeavors of the past five decades. Even the smoky production values of soaring brass and organ walls clashing with cymbal crashes are present in this production ...

Fabio Marziali: Windows and lights

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It all started out in a small Italian village near Fermo, roughly two decades ago. It was there, at the age of 18, when Fabio Marziali experienced his first live jazz concert and was immediately hooked for good. Then and there the idea was born, to one day record with great jazz contemporaries in a studio ...

Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error And Shame

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The first half of 2018 sees the Toronto Jazz-scene bursting with fresh sound and innovation, bringing new and exciting nuances to what appears to be today's Status Quo. After the architecturally intense exploration that was saxophonist Gordon Hyland's Never Die!, by his group Living Fossil in February, the object of this review exposes shared similarities with ...

Jurgen Burdorf: Picking Up Steam

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Picking up Steam is Dutch guitarist Jurgen Burdorf's third album in as many years. Like its predecessors, it finds Burdorf's punchy guitar at the center of a quartet--putting on show his diversified skillset which ranges from Americana to blues, jazz and funk, making for a juicy set of fusion tunes.

Seeing how all the ...

Chris Platt: Sky Glow

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Toronto-based guitarist Chris Platt's debut outing stands out among releases by his contemporaries because, among other things, of its creation of singular nuances within the structural and sonic conventions of a classical jazz trio--rather than following the prevailing modern atmospheric-approach, which seems to be dominated by sound in place of composition. With the support of fellow ...