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Alister Spence

Alister is recognized as one of Australia’s most original, distinctive contemporary jazz pianists/composers. With a performing and composing career spanning more than 25 years, his wide-ranging talents have led him to perform with and compose for some of the world’s most respected artists in the areas of contemporary music, improvisation, film and theatre. In recent years he has devoted his energy to writing and performing with his trio, The Alister Spence Trio with Lloyd Swanton (the Necks) on double bass and Toby Hall (formerly with pianist, Mike Nock) drums and glockenspiel. This celebrated group has recorded six CDs (Rufus Records and Alister Spence Music [ASM]) and has a growing international reputation. Their most recent CD, Not Everything But Enough (ASM005, 2017) was listed in Top 10 Jazz Releases 2017, Music Magazine Japan and "Honorary Mention Best of 2017" in New York City Jazz Record

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Alister Spence Trio With Ed Kuepper: Asteroid Ekosystem

Read "Asteroid Ekosystem" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Australian pianist/keyboardist Alister Spence—with his avant-garde credibility established via free-roaming work with his trio and collaborations with pianist/composer/bandleader Satoko Fujii—takes another let's-see-what-happens exploratory step in a collaboration with guitarist Ed Kuepper on the double CD outing, Asteroid Ekosystems, a sonic trek into the extraterrestrial area of space debris between Mars and Jupiter. Or not. ...

Whirlpool

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Disc 1: (Re)new; (Back)water;(Un)seen; (Dis)similarity; (For)gone; (Inter)relate; (Some)where; (En)folded; (Over)tonal; (En)circle; (Two)fold; (Pre)text. Disc 2: (Over)taken; (Well)spring; (Under)standing; (Wide)spread; (Re)set; (Some)what; (Re)animate; (Sub)stance; (Un)likely; (Up)ended; (For)see.

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Joshua White, Mara Rosenbloom & Australian Art Orchestra

Read "Joshua White, Mara Rosenbloom & Australian Art Orchestra" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

It took me a while to get pianist Joshua White's album 13 Short Stories but it was worth the wait. White and his West Coast quartet are very, very good. The Australian Art Orchestra has become an institution in the Australian creative music scene. They're now directed by trumpeter and composer Peter Knight; their latest, Sometimes ...

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Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More

Read "Ivo Perelman, Lucas Goicoechea, Charles Mingus, Roberto Ottaviano and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a wide swath of styles in this episode, further demonstrating the incredible depth of improvised music. From an historic live performance in Germany by Charles Mingus, to the powerful saxophone of Ivo Perelman joined by an improvising string trio, to contemporary guitar by England's Ray Russell, to rising stars from Argentina (saxophonist Lucas Goicoechea), to ...

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Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia

Read "Charlotte Greve, Lynn Cassiers, Federica Michisanti & Camila Nebbia" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

These days no one should be surprised at the quantity of highly talented women instrumentalists active in the current jazz and creative music scene. They come from all over the globe, and this episode casts the spotlight on some with current new releases: New York-based German saxophonist Charlotte Greve (The Choir Invisible), Belgian singer and keyboardist ...

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Billy Mohler, Mat Walerian, Larry Ochs, Aram Shelton, Alister Spence and More

Read "Billy Mohler, Mat Walerian, Larry Ochs, Aram Shelton, Alister Spence and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I was so taken by bassist Billy Mohler's playing with the Dan Rosenboom Quartet which opens this show, I had to go find Mohler's music. He's featured in the third hour. Also featured are a bunch of great new releases: multi-reedist Mat Walerian with a superb band of Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Hamid Drake, saxophonists ...

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Alister Spence: Whirlpool

Read "Whirlpool" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Australian jazz pianist and composer Alister Spence has led his own trio for twenty years, picking up regional ARIA best jazz album nominations for Flux (2003), and Mercury (2006), both on the Rufus label. Spence has led the ensembles Clarion Fracture Zone and Wanderlust and was an early member of the Australian Art Orchestra. He is ...

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A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 7" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series continues, and confirms its wide-ranging nature. In this seventh installment the selections range from Stevie Wonder to Mahalia Jackson, passing through Myra Melford, Lyle Mays, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, John Coltrane, The Weather Report and Lea Bertucci, who surprisingly seems to take off where Jacobus Gallus left a few hundred years earlier. Mina ...


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