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Brandon Seabrook

Described by Spin Magazine as “An apocalyptic, supersonic general of the banjo…” Brandon Seabrook has made a name for himself in the New York avant-garde music scene as an explosive guitar and banjo performer, relentlessly committed to immediacy and precision. Seabrook honed his terror-inducing riffage skills at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has since performed extensively in North and South America, Mexico and Europe, as a solo artist, bandleader and collaborator. He has been summoned by the likes of Anthony Braxton, Elliot Sharp and Joey Arias for his unpredictably spiked approach to improvisation and impeccable caterwauling

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Pitsiokos / Javier Areal Velez / Kevin Murray: First Blush

Read "First Blush" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Was this gig at New York's Downtown Music Gallery in January, 2020, a one-off performance? Saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos was scheduled to perform solo, probably to promote his extraordinary solo release Speak In Tongues (Relative Pitch, 2019), but chose instead to expand to a trio. And a new trio at that. This wasn't one of his recent ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Simon Nabatov with Chris Speed, Herb Robertson, John Hébert, Tom Rainey: Plain

Read "Plain" reviewed by Mark Corroto

How fitting is the comparison between the music of Simon Nabatov and a Matryoshka doll? The Russian-born American's music is a nesting of not dolls but musical genres, placed one inside the other. Classically trained as a child, he can often be found in the free jazz wilds, moving easily between European and American brands of ...

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.

ARTICLE: RADIO

All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov

Read "All new sounds with a focus on Simon Nabotov" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we focus on a batch of new releases including the latest album from Simon Nabatov who has a great band, they are so good I play something from each band member as well. Playlist Zach Brock, Matt Ulery, and Jon Deitemyer “Wonderment" from Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) 00:00 Simon Nabatov Quintet “Old ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Pitsiokos: Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years

Read "Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years" reviewed by Don Phipps

Adventurous, hair-raising, mind-bending, dense, fibrous, layered, hallucinogenic, twisted. These are the words that come to mind when listening to the excellent but challenging music on Chris Pitsiokos's album Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years. Pitsiokos' compositions often sound like a musical transcription of the trippiest parts of William Burrough's “Naked Lunch." The result? An ...

Convulsionaries

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bovicidal; Groping at a Breakthrough; Crux Accumulator; Vulgar Mortals; Qorikancha; Mega Faunatic.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brandon Seabrook: Convulsionaries

Read "Convulsionaries" reviewed by Don Phipps

This exciting freewheeling, free-playing, ear-stretching, mind-expanding set from composer / guitarist Brandon Seabrook strives for new ground in music--a hybrid of modern classical idioms and experimental jazz. It succeeds. The music stretches what one might conceive of as “jazz." Joined by Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on cello, Seabrook accomplishes his breakthrough ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Flora Carbo, Mário Costa and Wocjiech Jachna

Read "Flora Carbo, Mário Costa and Wocjiech Jachna" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode continues its mission to explore jazz from around the world. Australia's jazz scene is influenced by many great female players. In addition to Sandy Evans you will hear the debut of saxophonist Flora Carbo. Polish trumpeter Wocjiech Jachna and trio debut their latest, God's Body, while Portuguese drummer Mario Costa's latest for Clean Feed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2018

Read "Saalfelden Jazz Festival, 2018" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Jazz Festival SaalfeldenJazzfestival Saalfelden 2018 Saalfelden, Austria Casa del Jazz 23-26.08.2018 Il Jazzfestival di Saalfelden garantisce di solito un combinato efficace di musica avventurosa, inedita, ed esibizioni invece legate a nomi “sicuri," sempre di gran qualità. Quest'anno la formula si è rivelata meno felice del solito, pur contando su un ...


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