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Eric Hofbauer

“Eric Hofbauer has become a significant force in Boston’s improvised- music scene,” declares Stereophile’s David R. Adler. “His aesthetic evokes old blues, Americana, Tin Pan Alley, bebop, and further frontiers. There’s a rule-breaking spirit but also an impeccable rigor, a foundation of sheer chops and knowledge, that put Hofbauer in the top tier of guitarists,” he writes. Hofbauer has been an integral member of Boston’s jazz scene as a musician, bandleader, organizer and educator for the past twenty years. He has performed and recorded alongside such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, Jr., John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell and Matt Wilson. Hofbauer is perhaps best known for his solo guitar work featured in a trilogy of solo guitar recordings (American Vanity, American Fear and American Grace)

The Tale of the Twelve-Foot Man

Label: Creative Nation Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Gauchais Reaction; The Twelve-Foot Man (Part 1); The Twelve-Foot Man (Part 2); The Epitaph.

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Dylan Jack Quartet: The Tale of the Twelve-Foot Man

Read "The Tale of the Twelve-Foot Man" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Drummer Dylan Jack has long been a fixture on the Boston jazz scene and, with assorted partnerships including fellow Bostonians Charlie Kohlhase, Jeb Bishop and Bill Lowe, he has kept very busy. But, of late, his most fruitful collaboration may be his recordings with guitarist Eric Hofbauer. The two released the first-rate Remains of Echoes in ...

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Olive Branch or Pat Nip?

Read "Olive Branch or Pat Nip?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

After the “politicapocalypse" (Mike's coinage--ask him) of the previous episode, the boys decide to gently transition away from that minefield by looking at two artists more obliquely engaged with political discourse and two artists more or less removed from it entirely (by temperament and timing). To soothe Pat's scalded nerves, Mike brings a couple “cool" cats ...

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Yilian Cañizares, Wildflower, Shabaka Hutchings, Vincent Courtois & New Releases

Read "Yilian Cañizares, Wildflower, Shabaka Hutchings, Vincent Courtois & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our weekly exploration of new releases [for the first part click here], showcasing new and upcoming gems with a special focus on musical forces of nature like Cuban violinist and singer Yilian Cañizares, and prolific British reedist Shabaka Hutchings (check out his South African forays with his Shabaka and the Ancestors and with ...

Remains of Echoes

Label: Creative Nation Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Walking on the Moon; Klactoveedsedstene; Mopti; African Flower; Up from the Skies; Word from Bird; Let’s Call This; Fables of Faubus; These Days; Nardis.

Book Of Water

Label: Creative Nation Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Water Understands Civilization Well; It Wets, It Chills; It Is Not Disconcerted; Well Used, Adorning Joy; Ill Used, Will Elegantly Destroy.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Hofbauer and Dylan Jack: Remains of Echoes

Read "Remains of Echoes" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Always attuned to unusual choices that keep his listeners guessing, guitarist Eric Hofbauer knows no bounds when it comes to his repertoire. One is as likely to hear a Cyndi Lauper or Nirvana cover as something by Thelonious Monk or Charlie Parker. And his stylistic approach on the guitar is similarly idiosyncratic, with a gutbucket blues ...

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Brandon Robertson and The Quiet Temple

Read "Brandon Robertson and The Quiet Temple" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week new releases from Brandon Robertson and The Quiet Temple are featured there's also a host of recent albums with a mix of jazz and free improvisation..... Playlist Brandon Robertson “Stablemates" from Bass'd On A True Story (Slammin Media) 00:00 Pat Thomas, John Butcher, Ståle Liavik Solberg “The Solution" from Fictional Souvenirs (Astral Spirits) 07:34 ...

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Audio Cave Artists

Read "Audio Cave Artists" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode hones in on some of the fine artists recorded by Audio Cave, an independent label based in Krakow, Poland. They've been in operation since 2012, releasing a mix of genres. Much attention is paid to the finished products' sound, as you'll hear in the music from the likes of the Oles Brothers, Mark Alban ...


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