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Thomas Heberer / Yoni Kretzmer / Christian Weber: Big

Read "Big" reviewed by John Sharpe

On a preliminary scan of the album sleeve, the instrumentation suggests chamber jazz, while the collective genesis of the six pieces suggests free jazz or free improv. But that tells only part of the story. In fact what German-born, NYC-based trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Nu Band, ICP Orchestra), Israeli saxophonist now resident in Brooklyn Yoni Kretzmer (Outnow ...

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Nu Band: Live In Geneva

Read "Live In Geneva" reviewed by John Sharpe

Everything must change as the Nina Simone song puts it. That's as true in music as anywhere else, and changing one of the parts inevitably affects the whole. When NYC-based German trumpeter Thomas Heberer replaced the late lamented Roy Campbell in The Nu Band, it must have been heart-in-mouth time for colleagues bassist Joe Fonda, reedman ...

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Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain

Read "Ivo Perelman Makes It Rain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If music was sports, then Ivo Perelman would be baseball and most other musicians football. Where football's regular season is 16 games, baseball plays 162. Likewise, most musicians release one album every year or two, but Perelman has averaged seven titles per year for the last seven years. His 2017 Leo Records output is thirteen (fourteen, ...

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Leap of Faith: Domains

Read "Domains" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2009, David Peck's (PEK) Leap of Faith group reconvened after a lengthy hiatus to become a prolific producer of music that is always far outside the box. His Evil Clown label has flourished with a company of like-minded artists working in a collective environment. Leap of Faith has performed and recorded in formations ranging from ...

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The Nu Band: The Final Concert

Read "The Final Concert" reviewed by John Sharpe

The title refers to trumpeter Roy Campbell's last appearance with the outfit he founded with drummer Lou Grassi twelve years before. Campbell died in 2014 at the age of 61, 21 months after this March 2012 live date from Bad Hofgastein, Austria at the conclusion of a European tour. This limited edition LP constitutes the seventh ...

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The Core Trio featuring Matthew Shipp: The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp

Read "The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

What we have here is no-nonsense free improvisation where the track titles are chronologically functional but the music has a mind of its own. This is the Core Trio, who in direct opposition to that kind of pragmatic naming convention, have consistently performed and recorded as a small combo with an additional guest. Robert Boston, Steve ...

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An Evil Clown and a Leap of Faith

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"I don't have a half-speed for music, if I do it, I'm all in..."--PEK

If the Evil Clown record label is prolific on a per capita basis, then its founder is exponentially more inexhaustible. David Peck (aka PEK) founded the label--at first, unbranded--and its roots date back a little more than twenty years ...

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Yoni Kretzmer: Five

Read "Five" reviewed by John Sharpe

NYC-based Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer has pulled together a dynamite cast for the debut of his quintet. Kretzmer's thoughtfully arranged compositions engender classic small group free jazz by what comes across as a little big band. It's the sort of session you might have found on the Black Saint label in its heyday, but given a ...

ICP Orchestra: Restless in Pieces

Read "Restless in Pieces" reviewed by Vic Albani

Con gli intelligenti insegnamenti di creativitĂ  e humor che l'ormai da qualche tempo fuori gioco Misha Mengelberg ha sempre inserito nella “sua" straordinariamente attiva e divertente ICP Orchestra, nonostante l'assenza del leader spirituale di quello che davvero tutti hanno sempre riconosciuto il migliore esempio di “new swing" europeo, Restless in Pieces brilla dei concetti di sempre. ...

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Joachim Badenhorst: Forest // Mori

Read "Forest // Mori" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst probably doesn't know who Ray Johnson is, or was. He died 20 years ago. Johnson, the father of Mail Art, created a network of artists and patrons beginning in the1960s through his correspondences. He called them 'correspondances.' His mailings created a worldwide democratic system for art.

Mail Art peaked pre-internet, in ...