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Ken Vandermark with Kris Davis/Hamid Drake/Paul Lytton/Ikue Mori/William Parker: Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)

Read "Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When reed player and composer Ken Vandermark launched his recording career in 1995, he did so with the deceptively titled Standards (Quinnah Records). Free improvisations with titles like “Rage for Speaking" and “A Sick Man's Dreams" indicated a different view of the agreed-upon definition. And so, it has been and has evolved, over nearly twenty-five years ...

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Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by John Sharpe

Cross fertilization has been at the heart of jazz since its inception when African rhythms met European instrumentation. That stylistic melange is taken to another level in the cultural melting pot of New York City. Being based in the city since 2001, it's little surprise that Canadian pianist Kris Davis has developed an ever-expanding list of ...

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Noah Preminger Group: Zigsaw: Music Of Steve Lampert

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Tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger has dedicated considerable effort into his imprint on jazz variations of the delta blues with Some Other Time (Newvelle, 2016), Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar (Self-Produced, 2016) and Meditations on Freedom (Self-Produced, 2017). Zigsaw: Music of Steve Lampert is a departure in concept and content with a single extended track composed ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases

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September! What a month. The summer is over... so are the summer festivals... but that is also the month when record labels start churning out some of their best releases to bring the temperature up in advance of the end-of-year polls and listicles. So here comes an onslaught of heavy-hitters with their new or upcoming releases, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The virtuoso pianist and composer Kris Davis has been ubiquitous in 2019. Her projects with Nate Wooley, Ken Vandermark, and Craig Taborn have been complemented by her appointment to the faculty of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. Davis will serve as associate director of creative development and teach composition and improvisation courses. The ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Vision Festival 2019

Read "Vision Festival 2019" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti

Photos from Vision Jazz Festival 2019 held in New York from June 11 to 16. This year's festival was dedicated to Andrew Cyrille and featured Milford Graves, Kidd Jordan, Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Brotzmann, Marc Ribot, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Yoshiko Chuma, Melvin Gibbs, Jemeel Moondoc, Marty Ehrlich, Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown, Steve Swell, Kris Davis, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons

Read "Diatom Ribbons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

To call pianist Kris Davis stylistically omnivorous would seem to be an understatement. While she started her career solidly in the avant-garde circles that brought her into projects with stalwarts of the genre like Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, Tom Rainey and Tony Malaby, that hasn't stopped her from forging connections with other musicians not typically included ...

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Spring Roll: Episodes

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French flautist Sylvaine Hélary's Spring Roll follow up their ambitious debut Printemps (Ayler, 2015) with another adventurous outing on Episodes. While the first disc incorporated words and voices, the twist this time is that Hélary commissioned works from three of New York City's finest composer-improvisers, pianists Matt Mitchell and Kris Davis, and saxophonist Dan Blake, to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

Read "Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cankarjev Dom
Jazz Festival Ljubljana
Ljubljana
June 18-22, 2019

Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

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Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...