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Gordon Grdina: Everything Old Is New Again

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Guitarist and oud master Gordon Grdina's imagination is as deep as it is broad. As a result, there are those titles in his rapidly expanding discography that, like this pair on Attaboygirl Records, bear some measure of resemblance to previously released titles. Such an impression is nonetheless deceptive, as is the reappearance of names like the ...


Article: Album Review

Kaze: Unwritten

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Improvised music is an acquired taste, to be sure. But for those who dote on the spontaneous, the liberating sensation that arises from interplay in the moment is nothing less than addictive. In that regard, then, Kaze's fittingly titled Unwritten, a wholly spontaneous piece of work, holds a bounty of fascination. Presenting a formidable ...


Article: Album Review

Bela Fleck: Rhapsody In Blue

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It's a long way from India to Broadway, but Bela Fleck makes the journey in high style for Rhapsody in Blue. It follows the altogether exotic As We Speak (Thirty Tigers, 2023), the combination of which further a case for the banjoist/composer/bandleader as an eclectic musical explorer comparable to Pat Metheny. Beginning in the ...


Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Compassion

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Vijay Iyer's Compassion should ratify his position alongside Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch in the pantheon of contemporary jazz pianists/composers. That is, if previous, comparably stellar titles such as Historicity (Act Music, 2009) haven't already elevated his position accordingly. Once again in the company of bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, the visionary ...


Article: Book Review

Living The Beatles Legend: The Untold Story Of Mal Evans

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Living The Beatles Legend: The Untold Story of Mal Evans Kenneth Womack 592 Pages ISBN: #978-0063248526 Dey Street Books2023 Kenneth Womack covers a tremendous amount of ground in writing The Untold Story of Mal Evans. Granted, Living The Beatles Legend runs nearly six-hundred pages including scrupulous footnotes as well ...


Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Jet Black

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Of all the varied settings in which Satoko Fujii places herself, the piano trio may be the most satisfying, if only because of the distinct way she and her respective bandmates stretch the boundaries of this ever-so-venerable instrumental concept. Hardly an exception to the rule of wholly arresting collaborative musicianship, Jet Black is the ...


Article: Album Review

Mary Halvorson: Cloudward

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The title of guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson's Cloudward alludes to the sense of optimism she has stated she felt when writing the bulk of the material in fall of 2022. And while this palpable sense of faith in the future is in marked contrast to the tangible air of eerie foreboding that surfaced so often on this ...


Article: Album Review

Gili Lopes: Algures

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Bassist, composer, musical director and producer Gili Lopes is nothing if not an astute judge of talent. After all, for Algures (from an old Portuguese word meaning 'somewhere'), he has recruited a redoubtable case of accompanists, not the least of whom is saxophonist John Ellis, he of fruitful collaborations with Charlie Hunter and Miguel Zenon among ...


Article: Book Review

Peter Jesperson: Euphoric Recall - A Half Century as A Music Fan, Producer, DJ, Record Executive and Tastemaker

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Euphoric Recall: A Half Century as A Music Fan, Producer, DJ, Record Executive and Tastemaker Peter Jesperson 310 Pages ISBN: # 978-1681342719 Minnesota Historical Society Press 2023 As indicated in the lengthy subtitle to Euphoric Recall, Peter Jesperson posits himself as something of a musical renaissance man. And while ...


Article: Blues Deluxe

Rick Berthod / Dom Martin / Jonah Tolchin

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The fundamental appeal of the blues lies largely in its simplicity of form and humor of expression. The elasticity of its format carries intrinsic drama, the suspense resolved within each verse, with a cumulative effect carrying over to the end of the given performance. It is a rare creature indeed that can muster the patience and ...


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