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Arne Torvik: Northwestern Songs

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A vibrant modern jazz hub, Norway is famous for having introduced the likes of Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen and Arild Andersen to the international jazz landscape--all of whom had brought something fundamentally new to the jazz tradition in the '70s. As chance would have it, each of the mentioned heavyweights were also mainly at ...

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Yaniv Taubenhouse: Moments In Trio Volume Three: Roads

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Moments In Trio Volume Three: Roads represents the third trip around the sun for Yaniv Taubenhouse's piano trio, featuring Rick Rosato and Jerad Lippi. It's also the group's most refined offering to date. Borrowing from the bold and confident spirit of Moments in Trio Volume One (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2015) and reabsorbing the nimble interplay ...

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Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

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Miles Davis and like-minded free-spirited vanguards of his day opened jazz up to countless influences during one of the genre's heydays in the late '60s and early '70s. Ever since, the boundaries of jazz have been broken down more radically, disseminated and increasingly blended with everything from current trends in popular music to classical music and ...

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Logan Richardson: On Afrofuturism and finding Mom

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As the twenty-first century takes its course, a jazz musician's musical path seems to be becoming less and less linear. Derivatives of genres, shifting technological approaches and possibilities as well as a growing amount of proactivist political and social advocacy are increasingly gaining passage into this century's art form with deep American roots. In ...

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TuneTown: Entering Utopia

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Just over a year after releasing There From Here, their debut record--and taken from the same sessions, held at the Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton, Ontario in November 2018-- TuneTown's second outing, Entering Utopia, acts as a resolute continuation of the trio's initial statement and paints the three equal leaders in the light of a varied ...

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Believers: Believers

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The three individuals making up Believers are each highly respected musical voices in their own right. Percussionist John Hadfield has performed and recorded with the likes of Nguyen Le and released an inspired duo EP with woodwind autodidact Lenny Pickett, called Heard by Others (Orenda Records, 2020). Sam Minaie, on the other hand, has played bass ...

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Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen: Live Recordings 2019-2020

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The Finnish pairing of Timo Lassy and Teppo Mäkynen belongs to the kind of collaborations where one really doesn't know what to expect next, but that whatever it is, it's bound to be quite extraordinary. Both respected leaders in their own right and busy musicians in contexts that reach far beyond the boundaries of jazz, the ...

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Dan Rosenboom: Points of an Infinite Line

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Released in the environment of his own label's absolute creative control, trumpeter Dan Rosenboom's newest outing sees a chordless quartet venturing beyond the borders of swing, exploring heavy grooves and free-wheeling improvisation to the point where jazz, hip hop and the rough edges of many other genres meld together to a single style that simultaneously defies ...

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Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

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In light of Dan McCarthy's stunning new effort, the vibraphonist's last two outings, Abstract City (Origin Records, 2019) and Epoch (Origin Records, 2019), can be regarded as statements of intent. Both more than noteworthy musical offerings at opposite ends of the jazz spectrum (discussed on All About Jazz here ), the two albums give followers a ...

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Eshed Korten Biolcati Kim: A Way Out

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One of the more exciting scenarios in jazz unfolds when a group of players comes together, not to realize one individual's specific vision, but just for the sake of making music together and to develop a chemistry which, ideally, was there from the beginning. The group effort here presents the fruits of such an occasion. A ...


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