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Tyler Mitchell: Dancing Shadows

Read "Dancing Shadows" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


There's a buzz to Dancing Shadows that is akin to the first time one stumbled upon a late 1950s to late 1960s Blue Note, Riverside, Verve, Impulse! or Prestige recording and time just stopped and the music took you places you were eager to go whether you knew where you were going or not. You stared ...

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Steph Richards: Zephyr

Read "Zephyr" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Zephyr comes at you from all sides. Some you hear coming, others you don't. And some you just hear, stop and marvel at how we choose to communicate both to ourselves and to others. You listen in and then move on to the next unknown emergency, to the next crash course, the next languid sea. It ...

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Leni Stern: Dance

Read "Dance" reviewed by Geno Thackara


If one key to a great dance is having the right partner, it must be a doubly (maybe even exponentially) better key to have several. Leni Stern began something of a sequence by forming a new trio for the straightforward 3 (LSR, 2018) and expanding to a quartet with 4 (LSR, 2020). The same group has further ...

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Alternative Guitar: Elif Yalvaç, Rachika Nayar, SkyCreature, Kristinn Kristinsson and Tristan Welch

Read "Alternative Guitar: Elif Yalvaç, Rachika Nayar, SkyCreature, Kristinn Kristinsson and Tristan Welch" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


There is something about the electric guitar that inspires players to utilize electronics to create a more complex sound than previously possible with a solo guitar. Electronic processing offers ways to dramatically alter the guitar's dynamic envelope and timbre, sometimes resulting in a guitar that does not sound like a guitar at all. Add on live ...

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Steph Richards: Supersense

Read "Supersense" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With all the threatening weirdness and desperate surrealism that has become life in the USA, it makes absolute sense that Supersense, daring trumpeter/composer Steph Richards' third full length album, starts out like an encroaching invasion of ants, or microbes, or a disruptive, divisive, myopic political movement. As with such forward seeking rebels as Henry ...

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Rachel Musson: I Went This Way

Read "I Went This Way" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Let's agree that, by a consensus of one, Debbie Sanders recital of saxophonist Rachel Musson's thought-through and through-read play-by- metaphoric-play/lecture on improvisation gets annoying as all hell so quickly that one may find oneself searching madly for a bonus instrumental version. But the music on saxophonist Musson's I Went This Way is an ambitious, teasingly ambiguous ...

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The Telepathic Band: Telepathic Mysteries, Vol. 1

Read "Telepathic Mysteries, Vol. 1" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


For a quintet grounded in free association, The Telepathic Band sure as hell sound like a disembodied orchestra tuning up to go rogue. Wafting from absolute to adagio a piacere (as they say in Italian or, as we say in our less romantic and crasser Anglo tongue, as they please), the seemingly indefatigable saxophonist Daniel Carter ...

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Shifa: Live in Oslo

Read "Live in Oslo" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A spectrum of subversive, seemingly sinister ambitions erupt upon entering the very vigorous other-world proposed on Live In Oslo, a true mind-meld of London's free-jazz highest order, led by saxophonist Rachel Musson, pianist Pat Thomas and drummer Mark Sanders known collectively as Shifa. Recorded at Oslo's Blow Out Festival in August 2019, the trio ...

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TEST with Roy Campbell: Live at The Hinton House

Read "Live at The Hinton House" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


More exquisite madness from Brooklyn's barn burning free jazz label 577 Records, home to the free and the brave. This time it's a hard core NY borough blowout recorded live in April 1999 that cantankerously and vividly chronicles the only known performance of the late, free/avant, Harlem/NoBro legend, trumpeterRoy Campbell. Unrestrained, Campbell raises the ...

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Vance Provey - Bob Gorry - Paul Gunsberg: Collective Expression

Read "Collective Expression" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


It would seem appropriate that these Connecticut natives would strut their free-form stuff at the prominent Firehouse 12 studio and venue. Hence, the album moniker seeds the basis for the outing, where Vance Provey switch-hits between trumpet and drums while Paul Gunsberg does the same, performing on drums and saxophone. Ultimately, the trio's in-your-face posture tells ...


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