I would never presume to know enough about music to compare two of the most brilliant pianists in jazz today: Matt Mitchell and Satoko Fujii. Feel free to go ahead and do that yourself. All I'll say is that they are both amazing and worthy of all the recognition that comes their way. Each has a new recording out and those get sampled in this episode. Mitchell's Phalanx Ambassador is as complicated and challenging (for his musicians as well as listeners) as any of his previous work, while Fujii finds, as she usually does, the sweet spot in her heart to convey emotion and power. Her Stone explores whether we still hear music in our minds after going deaf.
Other new releases come from the powerhouse Angles 9 and mellower but still deep Here's to Us, both from Sweden, Pneuma (voice and clarinets) and bass clarinetist Aaron Novik. All of that surrounded by a lot of other great music. Enjoy!
Milton Man Gogh "Doo Rocks" from XXXX Bitter Irony (Self-released) 00:00
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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