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Chris Montague: Warmer Than Blood

Read "Warmer Than Blood" reviewed by Chris May

Spring 2020 has produced two notable albums from British guitarists. In April we had Rob Luft's exquisite Life Is The Dancer (Edition). In May we have Chris Montague's own-name debut, Warmer Than Blood. Like Luft, Montague writes engaging tunes and both albums are engagingly melodic; Montague's arrangements, however, are more open-ended, giving the music a collective ...

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Sam Gill's Scattered: Perspectival

Read "Perspectival" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Sydney-based saxophonist Sam Gill maintains a prodigious range of projects, ranging from the heady post-bop intricacies of his Coursed Waters quartet to Mind on Fire, an exploratory duo with his brother, vibraphonist Brad Gill. What animates Gill's music is a search for ways of bringing freedom to compositional forms, and finding surprising detours that defy expectations. ...

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Pinball: Pinball

Read "Pinball" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

"Tommy" played a mean pinball, while Brian Protheroe ran out of pale ale when he made his own “Pinball" into a hit record. This Pinball, the debut release from the Australian/French quartet of the same name, has none of the feel of a dingy games arcade, or the odour of pale ale. Instead, it is an ...

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Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft and Nels Cline: Music from the Early 21st Century

Read "Music from the Early 21st Century" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Music from the Early 21st Century presents music captured during a brief trio tour by keyboardist Jamie Saft, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Bobby Previte, performing completely improvised music. “Fundamentally, it's based around the classic organ trio formation--drums, Hammond organ and guitar," Saft explains. “But it just blows up the language to so many different universes." ...

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Anna Högberg Attack: lena

Read "lena" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

There are moments of lena, the sophomore release from Swedish group Attack, which feel as though the ensemble is as much punk band as it is jazz sextet. Under the leadership of alto saxophonist Anna Högberg, the group plays loud and fast free jazz which is as stylish as it is raucous. Even the monochrome album ...

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Gianni Iorio & Pasquale Stafano: Mediterranean Tales

Read "Mediterranean Tales" reviewed by Ian Patterson

When it comes to the bandoneon it's impossible not to think of Astor Piazzolla, the great virtuoso and father of nuevo tango, whose influence and legacy is still very much felt. Since the late 1990s bandoneonist Gianni Iorio and pianist Pasquale Stafano's Nuevo Tango Ensemble has found inspiration in Piazzola's jazz- inflected tango, releasing a handful ...

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Bohren & der Club of Gore: Patchouli Blue

Read "Patchouli Blue" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Momentum is a relative notion in the dark, doom-jazz world of Bohren & der Club of Gore. In the five years since its last studio album, Piano Nights (Pias Recordings, 2014), it has scaled back to a trio with the departure of long-time drummer Thorsten Benning. The shift from the earlier “doom metal jazz" was more ...

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Rempis/Rosaly Duo: Codes/Myths

Read "Codes/Myths" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The reprise of the Rempis/Rosaly Duo comes after many changes in the musicians' lives. Their first session Cyrillic (482 Music, 2009) was recorded when both musicians made Chicago their home. Dave Rempis, probably best known for his work in Vandermark 5 back in 2009, was putting together his own groups such as The Engines and The ...

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Luiz Henrique Yudo & Apartment House: Chamber Works

Read "Chamber Works" reviewed by John Eyles

Founded in 1994, Apartment House soon became the leading ensemble playing experimental music in the UK. Chamber Works, featuring the ensemble playing compositions by the Brazilian-born Amsterdam-resident Luiz Henrique Yudo, was released in March 2020 (just as the 2020 global pandemic was gathering momentum). A concert to celebrate Apartment House's twenty-fifth anniversary was scheduled for April ...

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Pat Metheny: From This Place

Read "From This Place" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

When a musician of Pat Metheny's pedigree writes, “From This Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life," it seems prudent to listen. Each of these ten new compositions seems to reflect a different aspect of Metheny as composer and guitarist, casting his bright and articulate voice ...


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