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Brian Drye

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Trombonist and pianist Brian Drye leads the group Bizingas whose debut album was hailed as “one of the best introductions to a new band” by The New York Times. As a founding member of the eclectic chamber ensemble “The Four Bags”, his compositions have premiered at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space and BAM. Brian has lent his unique trombone voice to groups as diverse as balkan brass juggernauts Slavic Soul Party and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars. He has performed and recorded on both piano and trombone with Tony award winner Stew from Stew and the Negro Problem

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Present Company

Label: Diskonife
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sanford Theme; King Tone; Echolocation; Engines; Komma; The Net Menders; When To Move.

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Andrew D'Angelo & DNA Orchestra

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Free Willy; Egna of Waog; Big Butt; Felicia; Gay Disco; Marching Fuckers; I Love You; Norman; Meg Nem Sa.

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Article: Album Review

Chris Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Guitarist Chris Jentsch's newest project is a suite that treats various periods of American history to a somewhat skeptical, alternative viewpoint. It doesn't attempt to tell a chronological story but instead hopscotches through topics like the Civil War, Westward Expansion, the Cold War and post-World War II suburban sprawl with a constant sense of unease and ...

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Chris Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Brooklyn-based guitarist / composer Chris Jentsch writes with clear images in mind and invites the listener to see and hear them as he does. On his sixth and latest CD, Jentsch draws on a longstanding interest in historical events and trends to describe in musical terms Topics in American History ranging from 1491 (the year before ...

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Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Don't let the album's title fool you. Guitarist/composer Chris Jentsch's Topics In American History isn't a disguised syllabus for a college seminar. Jentsch's liner notes reveal an abiding interest in American history, but his modus operandi is to use pivotal aspects of the nation's past as springboards for creative, immersive music. Although using just a nine-piece ...

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Kristo Rodzevski: The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore

Read "The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


A glancing blow from Kristo Rodzevski's trilogy-concluding The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore will bring to mind a Matthew Sweet on mushrooms crossed with Morrissey in a good, if silly, mood. Preceded by Batania (Self Produced, 2015) and Bitter Almonds (Self Produced, 2017), The Rabbit completes Rodzevski's evolution into a musician capable of drawing consonance out ...

Article: Album Review

The Four Bags: Waltz

Read "Waltz" reviewed by Luca Casarotti


C'è il rischio di suonare passatisti, didascalici o monocordi, a voler dedicare un disco intero al tempo di walzer. Da questi esiti si tiene lontano il lavoro più recente di The Four Bags, inequivocabilmente intitolato Waltz, che riesce a esplorare con originalità un genere dalla tradizione tanto pregnante. Peculiare, del quartetto newyorkese, è prima di tutto ...

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Article: Live Review

Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest

Read "Never Alone: Reflections on the 2018 Winter Jazzfest" reviewed by Tyran Grillo


Ornette Coleman once said that sound has no parents. But that doesn't mean we can't be its children. On that point, jazz has always been something of a parental force, connecting progenies of representation across geographic and cultural borders. Its relationship to struggle has, however, at times been overshadowed by debate. On the one hand, jazz ...

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence

Read "Fierce Silence" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The fitness instructor kept yelling, “feel the burn, feel the burn." After an hour of aerobic exercise, that was not a difficult task. A much easier and painless way to experience the same fire is to listen to just one track of Fierce Silence, a collection of improvised duos between drummer Whit Dickey and cornetist Kirk ...


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