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Atomic Five: Atomic Five

Read "Atomic Five" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Intriguing, multi-sectioned compositions carry the day on Atomic 5's eponymously-titled debut CD. Written by pianist Beavan Flanagan, guitarist Nicolas Godmaire and saxophonist Steven Salcedo, the nine originals that comprise Atomic 5 nevertheless have a continuous narrative flow that makes for a musically satisfying and conceptually fresh listen. The playing throughout is sharp and nimble, though drummer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2011

Read "Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2011" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville Victoriaville, Canada May 19-22, 2011 The 27th annual Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) was a remarkably consistent four days of concerts. It held high points, to be sure (the Ex, Zeena Parkins, Jaap Blonk), and inevitable low points as well. But there was also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!

Read "Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!" reviewed by John Sharpe

For their sophomore outing on Hot Cup Records and fourth overall, Brooklyn guitarist Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord take a skewed look at jazz with rock sensibilities--or should that be the other way round? Lundbom can be hard to pin down: he has been compared to the likes of Derek Bailey and a young John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Honey Ear Trio: Steampunk Serenade

Read "Steampunk Serenade" reviewed by Troy Collins

Building on an established legacy, Honey Ear Trio updates the time honored acoustic instrumentation of the classic saxophone trio with a subtle use of electronics on their debut Steampunk Serenade. Saxophonist Erik Lawrence, bassist Rene Hart and drummer Allison Miller draw upon their diverse experiences in an array of popular music forms (rock, soul, folk) to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

William Parker Organ Quartet: Uncle Joe's Spirit House

Read "Uncle Joe's Spirit House" reviewed by Troy Collins

Renowned in avant-garde jazz circles for his steadfast leadership, bassist, composer and bandleader William Parker's all-encompassing artistry has long been influenced by a variety of sources, both abstract and concrete. Though mysticism and spirituality play a hand in his expansive aesthetic, so do earthly concerns like social justice and family. Uncle Joe's Spirit House, the debut ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

David S. Ware: Planetary Musician

Read "David S. Ware: Planetary Musician" reviewed by Lyn Horton

On Sunday, June 27th, 2010, about a half-hour after its scheduled 9:30 pm appearance on the Abrons Art Center main performance stage in New York City, the David S. Ware Trio was setting up. The audience for this night of Vision Festival XV was its usual wandering and low-hum conversational self. William Parker stood by his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bushman's Revenge: Jitterbug

Read "Jitterbug" reviewed by John Kelman

With Jitterbug, Bushman's Revenge asserts that the modern power trio continues to be alive, well, and living in...Norway. You Lost Me At Hello (Rune Grammofon, 2009) was an intense, often-times relentless debut that married Hendrix-ian psychedlia with Ayler-esque abandon. Leaning hard towards the rock side of the jazz-rock equation, the personnel remains the same, but is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ulrich Krieger: Bringing Metal Machine Music to Life

Read "Ulrich Krieger: Bringing Metal Machine Music to Life" reviewed by John Eyles

Lou Reed's 1975 release Metal Machine Music--often referred to as “MMM"--is one of the most notorious and misunderstood albums in rock history. Its four sides of guitar feedback were not well received by Reed fans used to songs and vocals. The album was critically panned and withdrawn three weeks after release. Many who bought it returned ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rodrigo Amado: Motion Trio

Read "Motion Trio" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Abstraction is too often both separated from and associated with improvised music. Either sounds are divorced from meaning outside themselves, or expected to tell some sort of story. Neither euphemism really works that well. But image is a central fact of Portuguese improviser Rodrigo Amado's work, whether referring to the representational or nonrepresentational--after all, in addition ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tristan Honsinger and Tobias Delius at the Jazzwerkstatt in Berlin

Read "Tristan Honsinger and Tobias Delius at the Jazzwerkstatt in Berlin" reviewed by John Sharpe

Tristan Honsinger and Tobias Delius Jazzwerkstatt + klassik SHOP Berlin 31 October 2009 An in-store concert at Berlin's ultra smart Jazzwerkstatt café and record shop, just off the city's main shopping strip at Kurfürstendamm, provided the unlikely venue for the ongoing collaboration of cellist Tristan Honsinger and reedman Tobias ...


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