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Velvet Blue

Label: Engine Studios
Released: 2013
Track listing: Velvet Blue; After Hours; Right On It; Ancestors of the Pharaohs of Nabta Playa; Take it to the Bridge Ya’ll; Rhythm of the Earth; A Sketch of Stravinski.

Figures in the Carpet

Label: Engine Studios
Released: 2013
Track listing: External Rhyme; Gates of Glass; Figure in the Carpet; Palimpsest; Rain Tractor; Ode to the Nightwatchman; Under Land; Tuning the Blue City; The Myth of an Ordinary Man; Surfactants.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Harrison Bankhead Quartet: Velvet Blue

Read "Velvet Blue" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Harrison Bankhead's time has come. The Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) is on a roll with the release of Velvet Blue. For decades, the bassist has been the bedrock upon which great Chicago jazz has been built. He was the foundation for legendary players like Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Malachi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Triptet: Figures in the Carpet

Read "Figures in the Carpet" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Triptet's music is hard to categorize within one particular genre. The Seattle based group's second release, Figures in the Carpet, is a unique cross between the hypnotic ambience of synth-pop and avant-garde jazz's complex and dissonant harmonies. Elegiac and mystical motifs and free-flowing spontaneity endow the album with a thematic unity.The deconstructed lullaby “Surfactants," ...

On Fire, Vol. 2

Label: Engine Studios
Released: 2012

Quatuor Creole

Label: Engine Studios
Released: 2012
Track listing: Oxossi; Tanganika; Fantaisie Créole; Fantancolo; Le Message; Dans La Forêt; Notis; Monk in Paradise; MIH; Gambalou.

Odd Time

Label: Engine Studios
Released: 2012
Track listing: The People Who Knew Too Much; New New War War; Mourning of the Praying Mantis; Checkers of Blood; Xubitunt; Water Song; Odd Time For Two (Free Improv); Put Me Back in the River; Choppin' Down Weeds.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sylvain Leroux: Quatuor Creole

Read "Quatuor Creole" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Flautist Sylvain Leroux's debut, Quatuor Créole, is an enchanting mélange of Guinean sounds, French influences and jazz inflections. In that aspect it is essentially Creole, but not necessary a work of New Orleanian or Haitian folkloric music. Leroux plays the tambin, a West African reed flute, and a dozon ngoni, a lute from ...


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