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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Welcome: Beyond All Things

Read "Beyond All Things" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Stephen Gauci has begun to document some of the weekly concerts he curates at the Bushwick Public House in Brooklyn, New York. Although brief, this session of a single, 29-minute track packs a satisfying punch to the solar plexus. Led by guitarist Chris Welcome (of the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, David McDonnell Group and Weasel Walter), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars

Read "Pillars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Tyshawn Sorey's musical career has been steadily moving away from jazz and toward new music in several forms. Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings, 2017) is dominated by a series of textural motions that create a dark mood. That album followed another Pi release, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016); an album that featured classical composition and improvisation. Sorey's ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Le Rex: Wild Man / Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba

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Due organici praticamente identici (fiati + batteria) con un ruolo importante riservato alla tuba.

Sembrano lontani i tempi in cui questo strumento aveva ritrovato agilità e stupore, sotto le dita di Howard Johnson o Bob Stewart. Ora i fremiti bassi e rugosi dell'ottone glorioso sono esaltati nei ritmi delle musiche di Henry Threadgill ...

Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker

Read "Darius Jones, Mara Rosenbloom, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell & Leon Parker" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Darius Jones Quintet/The Mara Rosenbloom Trio
Ibeam
June 13, 2016

This appealing double bill made a Monday night visit to Ibeam a certainty, even if only for a select-sized audience. This musician-orientated room in the Gowanus part of Brooklyn is completely dedicated to the activity of performance, without a ...

Barry Adamson, Michael Formanek, Elliott Sharp & Rokia Traoré

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Barry Adamson
Rough Trade
March 21, 2016

Hot on the heels of SXSW in Austin, Barry Adamson turned up for a lower-key solo show at NYC's Rough Trade store. His reputation was made as a bassist with Magazine and Nick Cave, but in the three decades since then he's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rema Hasumi: Utazata

Read "Utazata" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

There once was a painter. He wanted to paint everything in the world, so he took the largest canvas he could ever find and started painting in his studio. In the beginning, people came by and watched interestedly as the landscapes spread around on the white canvas and detailed characters began to emerge in a world ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance

Read "The Distance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Jazz composers writing for large ensembles have often avoided the label “big band," going back to the Jazz Composer's Orchestra in the '60s, not to mention Sun Ra's Arkestra and the many Swing Era bands that called themselves orchestras. It's an understandable choice, given the unavoidable--and potentially limiting--stylistic associations that come with the big band name. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Winter Jazzfest 2016: ECM Records Stage

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Winter Jazzfest--ECM Records Stage
The New School Tishman Auditorium
New York, NY
January 15 & 16, 2016

There's a very modern feel at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School University Center, the site for a two-night showcase for ECM Records at the 2016 Winter Jazzfest--with the Escher-esque stairs that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba

Read "Ubatuba" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It's hard to believe that German born saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock has been recording since the late 1990s, perhaps because there is a distinct newness to every project she releases. Although she trained with Jean Toussaint in London for a short time and later with Dave Liebman, Laubrock is very much a self-made artist with ...

Dan Weiss: Fourteen

Read "Fourteen" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intrepid drummer Dan Weiss' multi segment Fourteen is not a suite in the classical sense of the word. Although spread out over seven sections the vibrant and fluid composition flows seamlessly throughout the entire album without, distinct traditional movements.

“Part 5" for instance takes off with trombonists' Jacob Garchik and Ben Gerstein's baroque refrains ...