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Phisqa: Pachamama

Read "Pachamama" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Time has marched on since the eponymous debut of Phisqa, (Self-Produced, 2013), the band led by Peruvian drummer Cote Calmet. Then based in Dublin, Calmet placed the multinational quintet under wraps when his CEO Experiment—initially a trio, co-founded with Leopoldo Osio and Peter Erdei—started to take off. A promising debut recording, which also featured the great ...

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Steve Miller: Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977

Read "Live! Breaking Ground August 3, 1977" reviewed by Doug Collette


Given the careerist bent of Steve Miller around the time of Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977, not to mention the popularity of concert releases in the wake of Frampton Comes Alive! (A&M,1976), it is altogether surprising the Space Cowboy did not issue a formal concert album until 1983. Miller came back from a self-imposed hiatus ...

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Val McCallum: Beau Bow de Lune

Read "Beau Bow de Lune" reviewed by Doug Collette


Val McCallum's Beau Bow de Lune is a deceptively modest piece of work. Fitting neatly into the Americana category, most vividly evoking the seminal folk-country rock of Buffalo Springfield and early Poco, close listening reveals just how refined a blend of specialized skills this album is. Combined virtues of songwriting, musicianship and production complement each other ...

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Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

Read "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" reviewed by Doug Collette


It has been years since the woefully unsung pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali recorded Metaphysics and, while its circuitous route to release is worth more than a little note, that story seems to have taken precedence over insight into and observation of the music itself. In keeping with its customarily astute archival approach, the Omnivore curating team ...

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Noah Haidu: Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett

Read "Slowly: Song For Keith Jarrett" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


American poet Walt Whitman said it. Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan said it, too, on his Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia Records, 2020). They said: “I Contain Multitudes." Pianist Keith Jarrett also contains multitudes—though it has never been reported that he has said so. Those multitudes include early work with the groups of drummer Art Blakey, ...

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Bryce Dessner: Impermanence/Disintegration

Read "Impermanence/Disintegration" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


While his day job as guitarist with the National remains, Bryce Dessner's reputation as a contemporary composer is continuing to gather strength. Over the years, he has managed to become successful playing in a pop band while expanding his horizons by writing contemporary classical music. After all, he has studied classical guitar, flute, and composition at ...

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Che trionfo per Julius Hemphill! A dispetto delle poche pagine--o righe--che le recenti storie del jazz dedicano al maestro di Fort Worth, Hemphill emerge da questo cofanetto di inediti come sassofonista-improvvisatore-compositore tra i più profondi della musica afroamericana nei decenni compresi tra gli anni '70 e '90. E questa preziosa edizione non solo ...

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Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra: Promises

Read "Promises" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The meeting of electronics artist/DJ Sam Shepherd--aka Floating Points--with free-jazz icon Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra is a welcome surprise. Sanders has seldom troubled his discographers since the dawn of the new millennium. A couple of archival radio recordings, Live at Antibes Jazz Festival Juan Les Pins July 21 1968 (Alternative Fox, 2019) and ...

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Laurie Anderson: Big Science

Read "Big Science" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Sometimes a reissue is notable because of the extra material it carries and sometimes because it might unearth something previously unknown. And sometimes, as with the new vinyl reissue of Laurie Anderson's debut album Big Science, a new chance to talk about this masterpiece should be taken. Four decades ago, Laurie Anderson came down to us, ...

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Damon Fowler: Alafia Moon

Read "Alafia Moon" reviewed by Doug Collette


The title of Damon Fowler's Alafia Moon is enough to pique the curiosity, but the stylish and mysterious cover art makes listening to the album irresistible. And it's wholly worth it too, finding out in the process of absorbing the man's eighth solo album that the graphics are the creative output of Flournoy Holmes, artist for ...


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