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Article: Album Review

Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Kevin Press


In the notes that accompany this remarkable new album from Chicago improv pianist Matt Piet, he writes that he ..."needed to learn how to give again." With remarkable frankness, Piet describes a kind of breakdown in 2018. After years of mental health challenges and substance abuse (his words), it was the passing of another great avant-gardist ...

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Pinch Point

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Eighteen; Five; Seven; Eight; Three; Four; Six.

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Article: Album Review

Four Letter Words: Pinch Point

Read "Pinch Point" reviewed by Mark Corroto


What is the difference between unbalanced and off balance? Very little, if you listen to Four Letter Words' Pinch Point, the trio's third release, after Blow (Amalgam, 2015) and Radio Silence (Amalgam, 2015). Unbalanced can mean both “disturbed" and “demented." Certainly the seven improvisations presented here can be a bit disturbing, meaning the music seeks no ...

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Blow

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Blow; Minor Yours; Lugubrious; I Heard You Singing In A Tree; The Vampire; Naissance; Lecherous Howls; Blow.

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Article: Year in Review

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...

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Article: Album Review

Four Letter Words: Blow

Read "Blow" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Four Letter Words is a trio consisting of tenor saxophonist Jake Wark, pianist Matt Piet and drummer Bill Harris, and Blow is their highly intelligent, extremely intense and deeply rewarding debut recording. As usual, labels are almost useless. Their music manages to sound quite free while simultaneously being organized around motifs, if not full ...


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