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Neil Gonsalves Trio: Blessings and Blues

Read "Blessings and Blues" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This third release from South African pianist/composer Neil Gonsalves is a celebration of the motherland, reflection on life at (and beyond) the age of 50 and clear acknowledgement of the bearing and blanketing nature of the blues, used herein as a powerful springboard to discovery. Leading an incredibly capable trio with bassist Ildo ...

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Jeff Pearring/Pearring Sound: Socially Distanced Duos

Read "Socially Distanced Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Jeff Pearring's background in jazz, classical, reggae and other genres has informed his creative process in ways that are not always apparent. That turns out to be a good thing as his ability to encapsulate influences without genuflecting is part of his music's appeal. The alto saxophonist, a Brooklyn-based Colorado native, is a Connie Crothers protégé ...

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Matthew Shipp / Whit Dickey: Reels

Read "Reels" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Matthew Shipp has managed his way through the 2020-2021 pandemic nicely, thanks in part to a substantial cache of excellent material. Free-jazz drummer Whit Dickey has been working with Shipp for decades, beginning with David S. Ware's quartet. Since 2012 Shipp and Dickey have worked frequently with Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman. Dickey has been part of ...

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Rachel Musson: Dreamsing

Read "Dreamsing" reviewed by John Sharpe


If the solo album is a rite of passage for a woodwind player, then adventurous British saxophonist Rachel Musson passes with flying colors. Musson has found a mentor in 577 Records label boss Federico Ughi, a collaborator during his sojourn in London in the early 2000s. Consequently, the imprint has issued a stream of strong releases ...

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Falkner Evans: Invisible Words

Read "Invisible Words" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


On May 19, 2020, pianist Falkner Evans' wife Linda took her own life. A crushing blow. He has responded to this tragedy by making the album he never meant to make, Invisible Words; the title was taken from a quote Evans found upon searching through his wife's writings: “Music Is the Invisible Word, made visible through ...

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Bob Mintzer & WDR Big Band Cologne: Soundscapes

Read "Soundscapes" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Saxophonist Bob Mintzer, a New Yorker who left home long ago to see the world, is a professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and chief conductor of the world-class WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, with whom he has recorded Soundscapes, a luminous showcase for his singular talents ...

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Tanya Dennis: White Sails Blue Skies

Read "White Sails Blue Skies" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Ok. Perhaps you were not a fan of the Netflix smash hit, Narcos. The series was brutal, but it did have its placid moments. Its theme, “Tuyo," performed by the Brazilian singer Narciso Amarante, defined “hypnotic." Netflix, of course, allows viewers to skip repetitive series introductions, but no one skipped “Tuyo." “Where You Are," a Dennis ...

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Dave Holland: Another Land

Read "Another Land" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though bass legend Dave Holland's entire career has been one marked by adventure, it has been a while since he recorded back-to-back albums with the same working group. Recordings such as Hands (Dare2, 2010), with flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela, the duo outing The Art of Conversation (Impulse! 2014) with Kenny Barron, Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017) with ...

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Dave Flippo: Dedications – Jazz From Planet Flippo

Read "Dedications – Jazz From Planet Flippo" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


So, when was the last time you tried to count a Greek and Irish jig in 14/8? Many years ago, the cognoscenti shared Joe Morello's giggle of relief when he and the rest of Dave Brubeck's quartet got through “Unsquare Dance." Dave Flippo, however, is light years beyond 7/4. But odd meter is really not the ...

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Gianluca Petrella, Pasquale Mirra: Correspondence

Read "Correspondence" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Si avverte un forte aroma d'Africa, fin dalle prime battute di questo Correspondence, lavoro nato dalla collaborazione di Gianluca Petrella e Pasquale Mirra. Un'Africa non certo da cartolina, come ci hanno abituato ormai troppo spesso tante realizzazioni che prendono a modello il continente nero solo nella superficie. Certamente, anche qui siamo di fronte a una mediazione ...


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