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Chad Taylor

Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music: "What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages." Allmusic.com Chad has a BFA from the New School in Jazz Performance and a MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University.

Good Days

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: Orgasm; Strange Wing; Good Days (For Lee Anne); Batida; All The Bells; Unique Spiral; Lomé; Westview.

Live In Willisau

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Twenty Four; Radiance; Matape; Come Sunday; Imprints; Watakushi No Sekai; With Sorrow Lonnie; Willisee; Under/Over the Rainbow.

The Daily Biological

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Shepherd; Prism; Swamp; Resistance; Matape; Birds, Leaves, Wind, Trees; Untethered; Recife; Between Sound and Silence.

Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baby Renfro; SpAE; Earl & the Three-Fifths Compromise; Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, Part 1; Shutter; ProByte; Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, Part 2; House of Leaves; When I Become Nothing; Vimen; Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, Part 3.

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Roots Magic, Audio Cave Artists & Alan Braufman

Read "Roots Magic, Audio Cave Artists & Alan Braufman" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A new release by the Italian Quartet Roots Magic is always welcome. Their contemporary and improvisatory approach to old blues tunes and the way they always put their own touch on the music of avant-garde jazz composers is kind of unique on the European scene. Take Root Among the Stars, out on Clean Feed, should be ...

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Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

Read "Slipknots Through a Looking Glass" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Bassist Eric Revis typically has so many ideas in play that it's virtually impossible for him to limit himself to one ensemble at a time. This is one of the reasons why he's used a variety of groups over the years to deliver his music. His trio with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Andrew Cyrille released ...

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Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik

Read "Jorma Tapio’s Kaski, Robert Burke & Eivind Opsvik" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A little “Finnish" to start? Why not? Some fine bands from Suomi kick off this episode, with the fine saxophonist Jorma Tapio and his trio, Kaski, leading the way from their new release Aliseen. Tapio and mates use the folk music of Finland as the basis for their intriguing improvisations. After that you'll hear two newer ...

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Rudy Royston: PaNOptic

Read "PaNOptic" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Like many jazz musicians in 2020, drummer/composer Rudy Royston has felt the direct effects of living in the coronavirus world. The Texas native, now a New Jersey resident, found his streams of income drying up without gigs, but then experienced a fortunate twist of fate that stood him up. Head above water, the artist pays it ...

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Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More

Read "Ambrose Akinmusire, Omri Zeigele, Adam Caine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

When a highly respected saxophonist like David Binney recommends a young up-and-coming musician, I tend to pay attention. Los Angeles trombonist Logan Kane and his Nonet live up to the tip on his new Nope, Science, one of the featured new releases hitting this week. Also of great interest are albums from the much-admired trumpeter Ambrose ...


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