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Reto Anneler: Stille Post

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Stille Post is a record as spacious as a solar system. Reto Anneler's alto and Cristoph Grab's tenor move around the rhythm section like planets orbiting a distant sun. And when the two horns align, the music glows with the red light of an eclipse, shining down on the spare basslines and pointed drumming of Claudio ...

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Sal La Rocca: SHIFTED

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The saxophone lines snake out of the speakers, rustling the airwaves like a breeze through firs or singing with all the lyricism of the finest vocalist. The double bass's hardwood lays a strong foundation. The electricity of the Wurlitzer piano growls atop that age-old sound, like a lightning storm rolling over treetops. Sal La Rocca's Shifted ...

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Norihiro Kikuta: Oporo

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Like blasts of radio static, the electronics on tracks such as “Into The Tunnel" and “Tuesday" of Norihiro Kikuta's album contrast starkly with the spacious, pastoral acoustics of the aphoristic tracks such as “Prospect Park" and “Hudson Park." So short are most of the tracks on the 14-song tracklist that rather than evoke musical comparisons, they ...

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2018 Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 4

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Various Artists
Various Venues
2018 Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 7, 2018

On the screen at Galway's Pálás cinema, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington and Ray Charles repeated their famed performance from the 1958 Newport Jazz ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 3

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Various Bands
Various Venues
Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 6, 2018

On Saturday morning in The Mick Lally Theatre's lobby, Galway Jazz Festival's Pop Up Record Shop sold the works and wares of the festival's many ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 2

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Various Venues
Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 5, 2018

Thursday night's curtain rose on a brighter day, and a breeze blew gently down Galway's streets carrying the smell of the city on its back: petrol, coffee, sea-salt, cigarettes. ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 1

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Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 5, 2018

The rain came up from the south-west over the Atlantic. Setting a slab of grey cloud on Galway's sky. A piper sat on Shop Street beneath the slanted rainfall, his waist-length hair ...

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Erik Palmberg: First Lines

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The playing is spare, cooled. At its best it shines like a new blade in the sunlight, with all the pointed passion of a brilliant sentence. At its lowest, Erik Palmberg's First Lines loses that shine and replaces it with sheen: the glittering finish of studio perfection. A coat worn to flesh out the music. But ...

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Q Morrow: There Are Stars In Brooklyn

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Like America, the ideas are good. And just like the USA, they are lost in translation, from concept to being. Q Morrow's There Are Stars In Brooklyn combines jazz with Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Carnatic music. It is the product of a curious mind and an interconnected world, specifically of the United States, where different peoples, cultures, ...

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Daniel Bennett: We Are the Orchestra

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The music rolls out of the speakers as a breeze shimmers over the prairie. Evoking scenes of broad, open grasslands. The Daniel Bennett Group's We Are The Orchestra plays out like a collage of genres and cultures: Italian opera, American jazz and folk, tinges of East Africa. A vivid tapestry woven from disparate threads. That rather ...