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Chicago Underground Duo

The Chicago Underground Duo was once asked to describe their music. This is what they said: (The Duo is) "an organic mixture of African, Electronic, Coloristic, Jazz influenced life supporting systematic, non-systematic feeling from two humans trying ever to expand outward and inward for the people and ourselves." Here is the bio from their first release, "Twelve Degrees of Freedom." January 15, 1997 was a cold and snowy night in Chicago. At the Lunar Cabaret that evening, two Chicago Underground Orchestra members were beginning to hone their skills as a duo during what they would later describe as a magical evening

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Rob Mazurek: Desert Encrypts Vol. 1

Read "Desert Encrypts Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It was twenty-five years ago, in 1994, that Rob Mazurek first emerged with Man Facing East (Hep Jazz), a quartet recording solidly positioned in the post/hard bop style. Even in the interpretations of standards, there were clues that the cornetist/composer was a restless soul. In the intervening years, Mazurek has rapidly charted his own dissident destiny ...

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Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam

Read "Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die at BIMHUIS, Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

Jaimie Branch's debut album Fly or Die immediately put her on the map as a gifted trumpeter and composer who brings together groove, melody and experiment. Fly or Die appeared in the top 10 best albums of the year in the Downbeat Critics Poll. For her eponymous band Fly or Die, Jaimie Branch selected ...

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Aruán Ortiz Trio: Live in Zürich

Read "Live in Zürich" reviewed by John Sharpe

Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz just goes from strength to strength on his third release on the Intakt imprint, although it is his twelfth overall. While most of the repertoire on Live In Zurich appears on previous albums, what he does with it here, through dramatically extending and mashing pieces together, is nothing short of remarkable. This ...

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Aruán Ortiz Trio with Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Live in Zürich

Read "Live in Zürich" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Live in Zürich is the twelfth album from Cuban avant-garde composer and pianist Aruán Ortiz. Of those recordings widely available in the US, Ortiz has worked with a variety of group formats. His quartet released Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2013), was followed by a trio outing on Hidden Voices (Intakt Records, 2016) and two successive ...

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Musicianer: Slow Learner

Read "Slow Learner" reviewed by John Sharpe

With Musicianer reedman Josh Sinton adroitly shows how to combine the abstract and the earthy. It helps that he has enlisted long time associates drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Jason Ajemian to realize the eleven compositions on the group's debut Slow Learner. Taylor, who first garnered international attention in the Chicago Underground Duo (etc) with cornetist ...

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Thollem | Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons

Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In a remote outpost of creativity, the little town of Marfa sits on less than two square miles, a one-hour drive from the Mexican border. With a population of about two-thousand, it may, nevertheless, be the Brooklyn of the West Texas desert plateau. From its beginnings as an artist colony (of sorts), Marfa has been developing ...

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Jaimie Branch: Fly Or Die

Read "Fly Or Die" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Improvisational trumpeter and electronics artist Jaimie Branch, a Chicago native, began playing trumpet at the age of nine. Doing double-duty, she has also worked around her home town as a sound engineer for Tim Daisy and Ken Vandermark. A relative newcomer, Branch moved to New York to complete a Master's degree in in Jazz Performance and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Chicago Underground Duo al Pinocchio Live Jazz

Read "Chicago Underground Duo al Pinocchio Live Jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Pinocchio Live Jazz Firenze 14.02.2015. Rob Mazurek frequenta spesso il nostro paese e a Firenze in particolare ha una folta schiera di estimatori, creatasi anche grazie al Chicago Underground Duo con Chad Taylor. Il suo ritorno al Pinocchio, perciò, non poteva essere che salutato con entusiasmo, reso tangibile da ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Chicago Underground Duo al Carambolage di Bolzano

Read "Chicago Underground Duo al Carambolage di Bolzano" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Piccolo Teatro Carambolage Bolzano 9 febbraio 2015 Lo spazio del Carambolage di Bolzano, piccolo teatro dedicato spesso al cabaret, è ideale anche per la musica. Lo ha dimostrato la pregevole programmazione attuata da Vittorio Albani nell'arco di una decina di anni in cui sono passati tanti paladini del jazz ...


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