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Lawrence Sieberth Quartet: An Evening In Paris

Read "An Evening In Paris" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

New Orleans-based pianist Lawrence Sieberth is a versatile music man--a bandleader, keyboard accompanist, composer, producer. A trip to Paris and a teaming with Parisian players resulted in An Evening In Paris, an atmospherically cohesive set that covers a wide range of styles. The set of eight Sieberth originals opens with “August," a tune that ...

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Endless Field: Alive in the Wilderness

Read "Alive in the Wilderness" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It would have been simple enough just to evoke the feel and mood of various nature spots, but Endless Field--Ike Sturm and Jesse Lewis--would rather show us that there's nothing like being there. Alive in the Wilderness was recorded in precisely that way, in a series of places through the desert of southwestern Utah, with all ...

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Bob James: Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions

Read "Once Upon A Time: The Lost 1965 New York Studio Sessions" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most people have heard the music of Bob James. He wrote “Angela," the theme song for the popular television comedy Taxi. The show ran from 1978 to 1983, and reruns are ongoing. The Bob James became one of the fathers and most successful purveyors of the smooth/fusion jazz sound, in recordings under his own name, with ...

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Whit Dickey Trio: Expanding Light

Read "Expanding Light" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Highly respected, longtime New York City-based drummer Whit Dickey, frequent collaborator, and laudable alto saxophonist Rob Brown and young bassist Brandon Lopez consummate this trio's debut recording. As most would surmise, the musicians explore and refresh the peripheries of free jazz improvisation. Dickey and Brown's involvement with the always fertile NY improv scene is ...

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Jorge Roeder: El Suelo Mío

Read "El Suelo Mío" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's not call it pandemic music. Yes, it is a solo recording, but Jorge Roeder conceived of and recorded El Suelo Mío before this world wide pandemic. The bassist is a member of John Zorn's New Masada Quartet, Ryan Keberle's Catharsis, and Julian Lage's ensembles, to name just a few. He has a sound that is ...

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Matthew Shipp: The Piano Equation

Read "The Piano Equation" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

A sixtieth birthday might be greeted as a time of reflection, a looking back on a life well-lived. Or it might serve as a call to action, as it did for pianist Satoko Fujii as she celebrated her sixtieth trip around the sun by releasing twelve albums in 2018. Matthew Shipp also answers the call to ...

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Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie At Zero Gravity

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The distinctive trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993), with the idiosyncratic upward angle of its bell, is transformed into a starship on the cover of Dave Douglas' Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie in Zero Gravity, seemingly soaring above the stratosphere, in Earth orbit. Douglas has a history of nodding to past greats: pianist Mary Lou Williams on Soul ...

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The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good

Read "Wherein Lies the Good" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The dynamic and inventive brass quartet The Westerlies explores an eclectic array of pieces on its third release, the mesmerizing Wherein Lies the Good. Consisting of four jazz-leaning horn players, the ensemble, in addition to interpreting delightful originals, delves into the modern classical, art-rock and folk repertoires. The album opens with trombonist Andy Clausen's ...

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Olli Hirvonen: Displace

Read "Displace" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen relocated to New York in 2011 where he attended the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. And on his maiden album for this label, the artist craftily fuses punk jazz, modern jazz, jazz fusion and noise music into a well-rounded, and sometimes psyched out presentation, highlighting ...

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Massimo Biolcati: Positive Polymath, Cooperative Catalyst

Read "Massimo Biolcati: Positive Polymath, Cooperative Catalyst" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

With a viewpoint colored by vast experiences--formative classical and jazz encounters while growing up in Sweden and Italy, immersive education at Boston's Berklee College of Music, finishing work under the masters at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and real-deal maneuvering in New York and beyond--bassist Massimo Biolcati plays and writes with a globalist's perspective. While ...


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