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Ephemeral Certainties

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Minimal Pieces; Minimal Expansion; Recognizable Elements; Stretched Particle; Suspension; Balancing Fragments; Cycles; Saturation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Javier Red's Imagery Converter: Ephemeral Certainties

Read "Ephemeral Certainties" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Pianist Javier Red hails from Mexico, but since 2015 he's been part of the ever-dynamic Chicago jazz scene, enabling him to team up with three other Windy City-based colleagues on Ephemeral Certainties, the debut disc from a band he calls Imagery Converter. With a shared commitment to finding purpose through diverse melodic fragments and disparate rhythmic ...

Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Prelude; In Flux; Chorale; Impossible Charms: Ostinato; Anamneses; Chaconne; Forro Hermeto.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Geof Bradfield: Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers

Read "Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The Compass Players was a legendary theatrical ensemble in Chicago whose members developed several improvisational games to stimulate their creative instincts. One of these was called “Yes, and..." where one person would start telling a story and everyone who followed would have to continue the story however they wished from the point the previous speaker ended. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Geof Bradfield: Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers

Read "Yes, and...Music for Nine Improvisers" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since the early 2000s, saxophonist and composer Geof Bradfield has been an integral part of the ever-fertile Chicago jazz scene, bringing his substantial talents to music that easily bridges the divide between the traditional and the avant-garde. His records have explored a remarkable range of styles and themes: from African Flowers (Origin Records, 2010), which traced ...

Lucille

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Marshmallow; Halls And Rooms; Dexterity; Roused About; Ryder’s Uncle Dragon; Wow; Little Rootie Tootie; I Knew You Were; April.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Stein Quartet: Lucille

Read "Lucille" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein continues to curve a niche in the jazz world, but it's not what you might assume. Listeners straightaway assume that he is an idiosyncratic outlier because his sole instrument is the bass clarinet. We've grown accustomed to saxophonists like Eric Dolphy and David Murray doubling on the bass clarinet. Stein's constancy to this one ...

Rows and Rows

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Caballo Ballo; Questioned, Understood, Possessed; Where's Mine; A Rose Heading; Swap; Rows and Rows; Putting It On, Taking It Off; Cannon from the Nothing Suite; Thunder Cooker.


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