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Wes Montgomery: The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings

Read "The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings" reviewed by Chris May

Recorded in spring 1965, during Wes Montgomery's sole European tour, The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings presents the guitarist as part of an all-star international octet assembled for a one-off appearance on German television station NDR. The programme was part of a series presenting musicians who did not regularly work together in informal “rehearsal" performances. Montgomery's tour, ...

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See Through 4: Permanent Moving Parts

Read "Permanent Moving Parts" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Canadian bassist Pete Johnston is something of a jack-of-all-trades composer, working in contexts ranging from abstract chamber music to the headier fringes of prog-rock. His various See Through groupings allow him to pursue his muse wherever it leads: See Through Two's Slow Bend (All- Set!, 2016) has him teamed up with fellow bassist Rob Clutton for ...

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Yohan Guiame: Whisper of a Shadow

Read "Whisper of a Shadow" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Collaborations are quite common projects in the jazz world, and in most forms of music, for that matter. Collaborations, however, are slightly more rare when a modern day composer's album is in conjunction with a composer from the nineteenth century. Such is the case with the works of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) melding with composer and ...

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Samir Bodhi: Stairway To Nirvana

Read "Stairway To Nirvana" reviewed by Robin B James

Traditional Indian instruments and vocals blended with synthesizers, studio effects and electric guitar in an amazing cinematic sounding production. Strong, resonant sounds encourage directed attention on a journey through the stages of life, moving from the mournful to joyful, and eventually ascending to reach enlightenment, engaging with naturally restorative influences. Vana means “weaving" and ...

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Tino Tracanna: Distilled

Read "Distilled" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

La rilevanza di Tino Tracanna nella scena italiana è evidente e ben documentata dalle sue copiose registrazioni, che si collocano tra le cose più significative del jazz contemporaneo in Italia, contraddistinte da coerenza e sempre rinnovata freschezza. Dopo la pubblicazione di Mappe, sempre per l'etichetta Parco della Musica, che nel 2018 proponeva la seconda uscita del ...

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Pandelis Karayorgis Double Trio: CliffPools

Read "CliffPools" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Ateniese di nascita, ma ormai residente a Boston dal 1985, il pianista Pandelis Karayorgis riunisce in questo album i due piano trio—rispettivamente Cliff e Pools—con i quali aveva registrato per la Driff Records altrettanti lavori negli anni precedenti, dando vita a una formazione atipica: un quintetto con due contrabbassi e due batterie, formalmente un doppio trio ...

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Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Compass Confusion, the long hoped for return of Craig Taborn's depth defying, solo-gone-quintet from Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear, 2004), climaxes early and often and, however you like to be lured, It pulls you along with a lush velvet hook in your mouth. Reeling it in is a struggle but a blessing. We know that. We get ...

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Christopher Merz's Very Happy Band: While We Wait

Read "While We Wait" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Saxophonist Christopher Merz's Very Happy Band is essentially a foursome of like-minded fun-lovers with trombonist Anthony Williams added on two numbers and trumpeter Dave Rezek on one. For the most part, this is happy jazz, eleven original compositions by Merz that underscore the music's sunnier side without sacrificing proficiency or substance. To escape ...

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Charlie Porter: Hindsight

Read "Hindsight" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Portland based trumpeter/composer Charlie Porter is back, and following the trend industry wide over the past year, has released a finely crafted collection of pieces attached to a social narrative. Hindsight examines how we act in hindsight dealing with the long term societal struggles of racism, corruption and inequality. While two of the pieces feature the ...

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Keith Pray: Universal Blues

Read "Universal Blues" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The opening sounds of Keith Pray's Universal Blues present a sonic gateway that ultimately leads to an overall significant musical experience. Throughout his career, saxophonist Pray, a highly talented and well-respected upstate New York artist, has been an avid explorer of textures and tonalities. With Universal Blues he and his mates deliver an intelligent and intriguing ...


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