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A Pair From Polish Saxophonist Adam Pieronczyk

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Sometimes music sits in the cellar and ages like fine wine. In 2016, Polish saxophonist Adam Pieronczyk recorded in the quartet outing I'll Colour Around It and a solo soprano saxophone recital, Oaxaca Constellation, both self-produced. These two albums rise up from those wine cellar steps in 2021, ready for consumption, spinning out sounds as intrepid ...


Article: Album Review

Falkner Evans: Invisible Words

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On May 19, 2020, pianist Falkner Evans' wife Linda took her own life. A crushing blow. He has responded to this tragedy by making the album he never meant to make, Invisible Words; the title was taken from a quote Evans found upon searching through his wife's writings: “Music Is the Invisible Word, made visible through ...


Article: Album Review

Dewa Budjana: Naurora

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Balinese guitarist Dewa Budjana's seventh album on Moonjune Records, Naurora, reveals--for those who have not heard him--a musician of seemingly unlimited talent and an artist in possession of an expansive vision. He has been called a “progressive fusion maestro" and, if he has to be labeled, that description feels right. Leading off with this disc's eleven-minute ...


Article: Album Review

Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor: Long Tall Sunshine

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Drummer Barry Altschul and his chordless 3Dom Factor--featuring reedman Jon Irabagon and bassist Joe Fonda--know how to lay down a rip-snorter. Long Tall Sunshine opens with the title tune, an in-your-face, three-way melee that introduces the group's fourth album in a characteristically steroidal, free-swinging style, throwing blows from all angles. Recorded live, “somewhere in ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Evans: Behind The Dikes – The 1969 Netherlands Recordings

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Zev Feldman, co-president of Resonance Records, seems to have made it his life's mission to present every unreleased note that pianist Bill Evans ever recorded. Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (2012), Some Other Time (2016), Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017), Evans In England (2019) and Live At Ronnie Scott's (2020) represent the ...


Article: Album Review

Sila Shaman: They Come Out At Night

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Drummer Dave Storrs' Sound Shack—a garage beside his Corvallis, Oregon house, converted into a recording studio—has been open for business for more than two decades. Recordings go down when the mood strikes. The mood strikes often. There must be thousands of hours of unreleased stuff stocked away. So pianist Sila Shaman--who has participated productively in Sound ...


Article: Album Review

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh: Telepathy: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations

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Pianist Denny Zeitlin's recording career began with his contribution to flutist Jeremy Steig's 1963 album Flute Fever (Columbia Records). Then Zeitlin struck out on his own, creating over five-plus decades worth of record releases on Columbia Records, Decca/ECM, Windham Hill, MaxJazz (and more) before shifting into overdrive when he connected with Sunnyside Records in 2009, on ...


Article: Album Review

Joel Frahm: The Bright Side

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Chordless trio recordings featuring saxophone, bass and drums, no piano or guitar in the building, always draw comparisons to 1957 when a pair of the groundbreakers of the genre were recorded by saxophonist Sonny Rollins with A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note Records, 1958) and Way Out West (Contemporary, 1957). Saxophonist Joel Frahm obviously ...


Article: Album Review

Miho Sasaki Trio: From My Heart

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Japanese-born pianist Miho Sasaki put down some productive roots in the United States, studying piano with Donald Vega at SUNY Purchase College, where she earned a James Moody Scholarship. The challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic sent her back home to Tokyo, where she live streams her music and teaches online. But the challenges of Covid did ...


Article: Jazz Fiction

Turn Out The Stars, Part 1

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Jolene pressed “Enter" to buy her husband Frank a baboon's heart on Amazon, from a lab in jny: Amsterdam. Two days later a guy pulled up to the curb in a white van and ran the purchase up to the front door. Jolene had been tracking it. She was on the porch before the driver was ...


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