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Christopher Hoffman

Christopher is best known as a cellist to a varying list of bands, singer/songwriters, film makers, composers, improvisers and noisers. Christopher leads a band called Sad Companion as well as Limpet Trio, Iosono and Smart Growth Zone. He is a proud member of Henry Threadgill's Zooid he plays in a band with his brothers called Needers & Givers and plays in Michael Pitt's Pagoda. He has had the honor of working with Martin Scorsese, Craig McDean, Marianne Faithfull, Marc Ribot, Christina Courtin, Devotchka, Ryan Adams, Willie Nile, Dar Williams, Bebel Gilberto, Fran Healy, Jeremiah Cymerman, Clare & The Reasons, Olivier Manchon's Orchestre Dechambre, Rob Burger, Ryan Scott, Butch Morris, Haale, Matt Welch, Nate Wooley, Kitsune Ensemble, John Zorn, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Voladares, John Ellis and many more.

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Jeremiah Cymerman: Systema Munditotius, vol. 1

Read "Systema Munditotius, vol. 1" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Musician, composer, producer, Jeremiah Cymerman may have created the soundtrack to our current circumstance. Not that his project Systema Munditotius, vol. 1 was conceived and produced after the discovery of the CoronaVirus in 2019, but that it may have prophesied this pandemic. This project centers around a diagram psychiatrist Carl Jung created in 1916. ...

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Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...

The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience

Read "The alpine Saalfelden 2019 experience" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Saalfelden? For those who don't already know, it is a small Austrian town in a magnificent alpine landscape in the Pinzgau, 70 km west of Salzburg, famous for its jazz festival in August and January and popular as a vacation and sport area. Character The festival has a great 40-years history having built a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Josh Sinton: Predicate Trio

Read "Predicate Trio" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un trio di recente costituzione con alla testa il sassofonista e clarinettista Josh Sinton, quarantasette anni, newyorchese, firma questo ragguardevole album, contrassegnato da un clima scuro e irregolare, ora più contemplativo, ora più viscerale e diretto. Può apparire quasi scontato far coincidere il primo “ambiente" espressivo con i brani in cui Sinton imbraccia il clarinetto basso ...

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Anna Webber: Clockwise

Read "Clockwise" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Although she's a horn player by trade, Anna Webber has always had a fascination with percussion as a basis for her idiosyncratic compositions. With pieces that build in complexity, with rhythms that are continuously reformulated, Webber produces music where a groove is usually present, yet it's typically filtered and recontextualized in surprising ways. Fortunately she's had ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio: Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Read "Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Josh Sinton is a member of the Brooklyn jazz community who has been making a name for himself with his baritone sax, playing in contexts like his Steve Lacy repertoire band, Ideal Bread. His free-wheeling Predicate Trio with cellist Christopher Hoffman and drummer Tom Rainey is a combustible unit that showcases his more improvisational side.

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Label: Asclepius Records
Released: 2018

Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically

Label: Iluso Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Mersible; Bell-ell-ell-ell-ells; Taiga; A Dance; Blockblockblock; Unreliable Mirrors; Propulse; Idonal; Plumbum.


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