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Russ Lossing: Motian Music

Read "Motian Music" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Nato a Columbus, Ohio, nel 1960, Russ Lossing è un pianista che, anche proprio per anzianità di servizio, meriterebbe certo maggior fama di quella di cui gode. Influenzato dal lessico jazzistico come dai vari Bartok, Schönberg e John Cage (col quale ha anche intrattenuto un sia pur fugace rapporto personale), Lossing ha suonato con gente importante, ...

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Cortex: Live in New York

Read "Live in New York" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Do you remember when you first heard Ornette Coleman's The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Atlantic, 1959)? It could have been fifty years ago or five, but its life force remains. Its music was/is nearly impossible to ignore. The same can be said of the Norwegian quartet Cortex's Live In New York. It sizzles with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yells at Eels: In Quiet Waters

Read "In Quiet Waters" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It would seem that trumpeter Dennis González could easily find a place among the better-known artists in jazz were it not for a deep commitment to making generally undefinable music and priorities that include putting his academic and literary responsibilities out front. From the time of his first release as a leader, Air Light (Sleep Sailor) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1

Read "Creative Music Studio Archive Selections Vol. 1" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ecco alcune gemme uscite dagli archivi del Creative Music Studio, l'istituzione fondata nel 1971 da Karl Berger, dalla moglie Ingrid e da Ornette Coleman con lo scopo di realizzare musica senza costrizioni di carattere stilistico o commerciale. Ricordiamo le interessanti considerazioni al riguardo di George Lewis, che nel suo testo A Power Stronger Than Itself. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Melodic Art-Tet: Melodic Art-Tet

Read "Melodic Art-Tet" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Su doppio LP (tirato in 400 esemplari) o singolo CD (di quasi ottanta minuti), la benemerita etichetta lituana NoBusiness Records porta alla luce un altro reperto d'epoca, in questo caso, oltre tutto, riguardante una formazione altrimenti inedita su disco. Si tratta del Melodic Art-Tet, prodotto abbastanza tipico del cosiddetto loft jazz, colto in una registrazione radiofonica ...

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Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History

Read "Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

No one is more astonished by the longevity of Mosaic Records than Michael Cuscuna, the veteran record producer and one-time disc jockey who founded the label together with Charlie Lourie, a former clarinetist who worked in both jazz and classical contexts before becoming an executive at CBS records, Blue Note, and elsewhere. Arguably the premier reissue ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012

Read "Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012" reviewed by Mark Corroto

A box set that includes over nine hours of one musician's output could be considered indulgent. Indulgent yes, unless that musician's last name is Parker. Certainly the family of Parker we're talking about includes the bebop innovator Charlie Parker, free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, and jazz padrone William Parker . The latter Parker is a bassist, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Melodic Art-Tet: Melodic Art-Tet

Read "Melodic Art-Tet" reviewed by John Sharpe

Once again the Lithuanian No Business label has unearthed a little known relic from the lower strata of NYC's loft jazz era. Like The Group's Live (No Business, 2013), the previous beneficiary of the imprint's ongoing investigation, the Melodic Art-Tet never officially recorded so this 1974 broadcast tape from WKCR represents the only surviving fragment of ...

Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)

Read "Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when leadership roles are being thrust increasingly upon young musicians who may have the chops, the technique and the theory, but not the experience, drummer Paul Motian could be considered a lesson in patience, in waiting for the right time, in holding off for the precise moment of readiness.It's not that ...


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