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Ava Mendoza

Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Her guitar work has received acclaim for its technique and viscerality. She is best known as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. Performing/recording credits include work with Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Malcolm Mooney, Mike Watt, Nels Cline, John Zorn, and Negativland.


Article: Album Review

Acceleration Due To Gravity: Jonesville

Read "Jonesville" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Bassist, composer and arranger Moppa Elliott's uniquely-titled nonet Acceleration Due To Gravity presents Jonesville a gravity- defying jazz odyssey. It pays a captivating homage to influential bassist Sam Jones by weaving a sonic tapestry which transcends the boundaries of conventional jazz. In this brief seven-track, twenty-one-minute outing, four compositions are by Elliott, with the remainder being ...


Article: Album Review

Moppa Elliott's Acceleration Due To Gravity: Jonesville

Read "Jonesville" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Whatever 'script renegade bassist/composer Moppa Elliot takes on a daily basis, he should be made to share with the rest of the world. Whatever that tonic, whatever that pill, whatever that gumbo scented elixir is, let us have it now. Elliot may not want to open up his private stash to the public, but ...


Slide Gate

Label: SNMR1011
Released: 2023
Track listing: Android; Slide Gate; Safe Space; We Will Take Our Minds Back; Holy Goat; Accabadora; Illusion; Secret Valley; We're Younger Now; Slide Gate Part 2



Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dyscalculia; Echolocation; Interwhining; Babel-17; New Ghosts; Diablada; The Stumble; Ten Forward.


Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2023

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2023" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With a steady supply of fantastic music, 2023 offered an abundance of riches to fans of creative jazz. With groups spanning the gamut from small combos to large ensembles, there is a good deal of diversity on offer here, but what these artists all have in common is an uncompromising commitment to making music that transcends ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ava Mendoza, Daniel Karlsson, Makiko Hirabayashi, Hannah Marks & More

Read "Ava Mendoza, Daniel Karlsson, Makiko Hirabayashi, Hannah Marks & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

From wall of sound albums to projects of sparse beauty, this week we cover the whole sonic gamut, with a special attention to the trio format, because... three is the perfect jazz number!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" Mondo Jazz Theme 0:00 Daniel Karlsson Trio ...


Article: Album Review

Mendoza / Hoff / Revels: Echolocation

Read "Echolocation" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Among today's leading guitarists fusing the power of rock and avant-garde jazz--a list that has to include Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook--Ava Mendoza may be the one with the strongest link to the punk tradition. All the evidence one needs is on Echolocation, a project by Revels, her close collaboration with bassist ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Guitar Reviews: Michael Musillami, Tomas Janzon and Rafael Rosa

Read "Guitar Reviews: Michael Musillami, Tomas Janzon and Rafael Rosa" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are some interesting recent releases that all feature guitarists, either as bandleaders or sidemen. Michael Musillami Trio Block Party Playscape 2023 Michael Musillami's trio with Joe Fonda on bass and George Schuller on drums has been around since 2003. In that time they have released ten albums, ...


Article: Live Review

Jazz em Agosto 2022

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2022" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Jazz em Agosto Fondazione Gulbenkian -Varie sedi Lisbona, Portogallo 30.7-7.8.2022 L'ultima edizione di Jazz em Agosto conferma il fiuto infallibile della direzione artistica per ciò che profuma di nuovo nelle musiche contemporanee afferenti al jazz. Vi sono larghi mezzi qui, che permettono di invitare appositamente artisti non necessariamente in ...


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