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Christian Dillingham: Cascades

Read "Cascades" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago bassist Christian Dillingham is a truly versatile musician. In addition to excelling at various genres, including jazz, western classical and gospel, he appeared on singer Kirk Franklin's Grammy winner Long Live Love (RCA 2019). Dillingham is also an accomplished educator, composer and bandleader. He demonstrates these skills as he leads his quartet on his debut ...


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Dorothy Ashby: With Strings Attached, 1957-1965

Read "With Strings Attached, 1957-1965" reviewed by John Chacona

Imagine if Sidney Bechet, Charlie Christian and Jimmy Smith were barely remembered and recordings of their music were long unavailable and known only on the geekiest corners of Discogs. That is essentially the status of harpist Dorothy Ashby. Like the three figures cited above, Ashby essentially created a language for her chosen instrument, the harp, where ...


Article: Album Review

Ricardo Dias Gomes: Muito Sol

Read "Muito Sol" reviewed by Cary Tenenbaum

This record is not a typical jazz record. The first impression it makes is of something fresh and unique. It invites one to listen to combinations of rhythms, textures and sounds and instrumentation not typically used together. The title track starts the record with a pulsing bass line plus floating synthesizer; the vocal starts ...


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Russ Lossing: Alternate Side Parking Music

Read "Alternate Side Parking Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Russ Lossing is not one to let imposed downtime go to waste. The imposition comes from New York City's regulations concerning alternate side parking which requires, only one day per week, that cars park on one side of the street, for street cleaning purposes. The evening car-moving causes jostling. Sometimes open spots are not readily ...


Article: Album Review

Michael Blake: Dance of the Mystic Bliss

Read "Dance of the Mystic Bliss" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is saxophonist Michael Blake's new group, Chroma Nova, which contains guitar, violin, cello, bass and two Brazilian percussionists. They play a set of compositions, inspired by Blake's late mother, dancer Merle Blake, which rely on fluid rhythms and textures taken in many different directions. Blake is often the main solo voice here but ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Dease, Bob Brookmeyer, Archie Shepp and More

Read "Michael Dease, Bob Brookmeyer, Archie Shepp and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This program has a wide range of newer and older modern jazz, including recent music from Michael Dease and Anthony Branker and older work from Bob Brookmeyer and the Archie Shepp Attica Blues Big Band. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of ...


News: Recording

Rez Abbasi and Josh Feinberg’s Naya Baaz Release ‘Charm’

Rez Abbasi and Josh Feinberg’s Naya Baaz Release ‘Charm’

Charm is the debut release from Naya Baaz–a groundbreaking new collaboration between two extraordinary musicians, both of whom have achieved a rare level of mastery in demanding musical traditions from opposite sides of the globe. Recent Guggenheim Fellow, Rez Abbasi moved from Karachi to California as a child and has built up a formidable reputation as ...


Article: Album Review

Margherita Fava: Tatatu

Read "Tatatu" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Italian pianist Margherita Fava comes across as a mature composer and a sensitive performer on her captivating debut Tatatu. Based in Knoxville Tennessee, USA, Fava is a consummate musician and educator whose unique set of talents is on full display here as she leads a quartet on two covers and six of her poetic originals.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Simon Moullier: The Enchantment of Brittany

Read "Simon Moullier: The Enchantment of Brittany" reviewed by David Bixler

Vibraphonist Simon Moullier's new recording Isla reflects the raw landscape of the islands off the coast of Brittany that shaped him in his youth. In this episode of LINER NOTES Simon talks about his journey from France to New York as well as his transformation from drummer to vibraphonist. This episode features music from Simon Moullier's ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

3x3: Piano Trios: May 2023

Read "3x3: Piano Trios: May 2023" reviewed by Geno Thackara

We're still wandering all over the place here; from abstract to groovy and back again, or sometimes some of both at once. Little North Wide Open Self Produced2023 This Scandinavian outfit figuratively wanders farther into the wilds every time around, it seems--their style doesn't have many traces of traditional ...


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