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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. East Coasting by Charles Mingus 2. Spooning by Butch Morris 3. Gallop's Gallop by Thelonious Monk 4. OC's Humpty Dumpty in retrograde, played rubato with bass solo 5. Nouroog by Charles Mingus 6. Hornin' In by Thelonious Monk 7. I'm Afraid by Duke Ellington 8. La Placita by Marion Brown 9. We Diddit by Mal Waldron 10. In Walked Buckner by Roscoe Mitchell

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Lisa Mezzacappa: avantNOIR

Read "avantNOIR" reviewed by Nicola Negri

avantNOIR--an homage to the tradition of hard-boiled fiction and film noir? The imaginary soundtrack for an abstract crime novel? A reimagining of Fifties' jazz combos through the language of avant-garde? This new record by bassist Lisa Mezzacappa is all of the above and much, much more. Equally inspired by the hard-boiled novels of ...

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Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly: Shipwreck 4

Read "Shipwreck 4" reviewed by John Sharpe

Named after the Oakland studio where the disc was recorded, the Shipwreck 4 brings together three West Coast improvisers with Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly for a program of six collectively created selections. As apparent on Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (Clean Feed, 2016), his duet with guitarist Fred Frith, trumpeter Darren Johnston's work maintains a melodic core, albeit ...

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Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Shipwreck 4 celebrates the first quartet meeting of jny: San Francisco Bay Area improvisers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett and Lisa Mezzacappa with jny: Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly. Johnston, a major figure in the Bay Area music scene, has nonetheless retained close ties to Chicago’s jazz community, and made the introductions here—the group assembled to play a ...

The Touch and Go Sextet Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

Label: Ninewinds
Released: 2014
Track listing: 1. Slippin' 06:44 2. Horripilation 07:45 3. Waldron 05:39 4. Delusions 12:44 5. Swift Horse 16:34 6.The Last Good Kiss/Dimond Park/Degrees of Gray 18:16 7. Endless Sin * 09:36 8. The Year of the Zinc Penny * 07:27

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Touch and Go Sextet: Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Novara Jazz Festival" reviewed by Robert Bush

Drummer Vijay Anderson formed the Touch and Go Sextet in the Bay Area as a vehicle for performing and interpreting the works of visiting musicians, but his concurrent studies with alto sax legend Roscoe Mitchell gave him the confidence to steer this three-reed, one trumpet and double-bass ensemble into original compositions, the results of which are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lisa Mezzacappa Trio: X Marks The Question

Read "X Marks The Question" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

X Marks The Question is one of two concurrent September 2013 releases on separate record labels by burgeoning San Francisco Bay Area-based, bassist composer Lisa Mezzacappa. On Comeuppance (Not Two Records, 2013) she fronts a quartet featuring saxophonist Aaron Bennett but here, spearheads a power-packed progressive jazz trio, highlighting lead soloist, guitarist Chris Welcome. And as ...

What Is Known

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Richard's House of Blues; 02. ZZLLPPZZ; 03. The Aquarist; 04. Lick My Decals Off, Baby (Captain Beefheart); 05. I'll Be Right Here Waiting (McCall); 06. The Cause & Effect of Emotion and Distance; 07. Ponzi; 08. Catalypsoclysmic; 09. What Is Known; 10. Push/Pull. Tutte le composizioni sono di Lisa Mezzacappa tranne quelle indicate.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lisa Mezzacappa's Bait & Switch: What Is Known

Read "What Is Known" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

"Baith & Switch è il mio garage jazz quartet che suona musica da me composta, ispirata ai miei eroi musicali, Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, A.E.O.C., Roloand Kirk, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra". Sono le parole di Lisa Mezzacappa, bassista e compositrice molto attiva nella Bay Area, e forniscono le coordinate per orientarsi e addentrarsi nel suo mondo ...


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