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Catherine Sikora

Tenor and soprano saxophonist, improviser and composer Catherine Sikora was first electrified by the sound of air vibrating in a metal tube when, as a child, she heard the wind playing tones and overtones in a metal gate. She has devoted her life to researching the magic of that sound with her saxophones, particularly in her solo work, which forms the main backbone of her creative output. Catherine’s first solo album ‘Jersey’ was released on Relative Pitch Records in July 2016. She followed this with “Warrior”, an all-soprano saxophone solo recording in 2019. Her next solo tenor recording, recorded live in Paris in summer of 2020, will be released in fall 2020. In addition to her solo work, Sikora works frequently in duo and larger settings, with Eric Mingus, Brian Chase, Ethan Winogrand, Ross Hammond, Christopher Culpo and Matteo Liberatore

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Emanuele Passerini, Jon Irabagon, Sylvain Rifflet and The Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound

Read "Emanuele Passerini, Jon Irabagon, Sylvain Rifflet and The Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Italian soprano saxophonist Emanuele Passerini says he does not consider himself a professional musician. He has a great job in the private sector, so he records only sporadically. Well, good thing he found the time to record Trio Geometrics with drummer Tiziano Tononi and bassist Tito Mangialajo Rantzer. It's a spectacular album, and a feature of ...

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Unlayered

Label: Elegant Walk Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Behind the Missing Whisper; Luculent Jiggle; Thriving Ring; Queen of the Underground; Dance of Endless Encounter; Seldom Disguise; The Sweetest Finding; Illustrious Bickering; Oust No More; What of What We Are; Once.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Catherine Sikora's Paris Sessions at the Centre Culturel Irlandais: Sancturary and Things To Do In Paris

Read "Catherine Sikora's Paris Sessions at the Centre Culturel Irlandais: Sancturary and Things To Do In Paris" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Irish saxophonist Catherine Sikora, who makes New York her home, is a dynamic improviser and an innovative composer who, from the start of her career, has had a unique sound. Her mastery over her instrument as well as her expansive and multifaceted aesthetics make her albums completely absorbing. In 2020 she released two captivating, live recordings ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Roundup Time

Read "Roundup Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Although the coronavirus has brought live music to a virtual standstill, recorded jazz has continued to pour out over the last few months. Here is a roundup of several recent releases that deserve some attention. Troy Roberts Stuff I Heard Toy Robot Music 2020 Troy Roberts goes ...

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Article: Album Review

Enrique Haneine: Unlayered

Read "Unlayered" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Whether he leads from his drummer's stool or his the piano bench, drummer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Enrique Haneine is a mischievous creator, assembling different blocks to form other different blocks, stacking, unstacking, widening the fall zone with each new release. It's an aesthetic that keeps you jumping hoops but, most importantly, listening hard to the logic employed.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Drummers As Leaders

Read "Drummers As Leaders" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Drummers are not necessarily the first musicians you think of as bandleaders but there is a long tradition of drummer-leaders in jazz from Chick Webb and Gene Krupa to Art Blakey and Paul Motian. Here are two current, lesser-known drummers who keep that lineage going in different formats. Enrique Haneine The Mind's Mural ...

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Article: Album Review

Enrique Haneine: The Mind's Mural

Read "The Mind's Mural" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Drawing from influences as diverse as his Latin heritage, Middle Eastern rhythms, and the sounds of New York life, Grammy-nominated drummer/percussionist and pianist Enrique Haneine fashions his latest, The Mind's Mural, into a totally accessible free-form session that is both easy and challenging to the ear. A vibrant pianist, Haneine, as he did on ...

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Article: Live Review

BAN BAM: Music Talking

Read "BAN BAM: Music Talking" reviewed by Ian Patterson


BAN BAM The Complex jny:Dublin, Ireland November 25, 2017 BAN BAM is a new, one-day festival by Improvised Music Company--an initiative to address the gender imbalance in jazz/improvised music. A related All About Jazz article covered the conversations by industry professionals around the gender issue that took place in the ...

Album

Jersey

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Ripped From The Headlines; The Knowing Of Sums; Firefly Night; Pistol Grip; Barn Door Open; The Edge Of Truth; Clashes With Ice; After All; Scapegoat; Mirrorless; Storms A Brewin'; Speedbag Swivel; Tassels On The Day.


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