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Article: Interview

Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square

Read "American Beauty: Musical Treasures on Tompkins Square" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Back in 1952, Folkways Records released its groundbreaking Anthology of American Folk Music. It was a collection that gathered some of the best slices of American music, including gospel, blues and old-time music. It has since been followed by countless other compilations, but the ambition and the scope of the collection is still relevant. Tradition should ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Article: Album Review

Skydive Trio: Sun Sparkle

Read "Sun Sparkle" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


There are parts of Norway where the sun hardly sets for months on end. It stays bright all night and dawn is never dark. The essence of this strange polar light finds its way into Sun Sparkle, the second album from Norwegian act Skydive Trio. Its predecessor, Sun Moee, also referenced our great burning star, which ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes

Read "The Eclectic Sounds of ears&eyes" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Whereas some record labels try to limit their aesthetic to a certain sound, others take pride in challenging the conventions of genre. Matthew Golombisky, the founder of ears&eyes Records, belongs to the latter category. His philosophy is very clear, as he points out in the label profile that can be read on this site: “My motto ...

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Article: Album Review

Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Read "The Other Side of Time" reviewed by Kevin Press


Albums that clock in at anything near 90 minutes are not automatically major works. On the other hand, this new effort from Quin Kirchner and Co. is hard to describe in any other terms. Kirchner's six-piece band has delivered a wide-ranging, powerful disc. Things get rolling with the appropriately titled “Ritual." From the start, ...

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Article: Album Review

Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Read "The Other Side of Time" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Quin Kirchner was forging a musical career in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Despite his house being ruined, he held off from leaving until the last moment due to gig commitments. With a support system of family and friends back in Chicago, Kirchner returned home where his percussive skills became key in the ...

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Article: Album Review

Julian Lage: Modern Lore

Read "Modern Lore" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


As a young guitar prodigy, Julian Lage often went to gigs at the Bay Area jazz club Yoshi's. There he would sit up front, put his head on stage and watch admiringly. Backing his early heroes at Yoshi's were two musicians who now form a trio with Lage. Double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen ...

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News: Recording

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

All About Jazz writer Jakob Baekgaard recently called Matthew Golombisky a modern “renaissance man”. He is a forward moving, fast acting, and busy artist. Between his acoustic/electric bass performing, commissioned compositions (including his work on Australian singer/songwriter Via Tania’s latest album, featuring his Tomorrow Music Orchestra, his film scoring contributions to Argentine director Alejo Domínguez’s feature ...


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