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GoGo Penguin: GGP/RMX

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It was really just a matter of time. With the spirit of techno and trance being such an essential part of GoGo Penguin's musical makeup, the seeds of a remix project have been there all along; they often compose their songs with beat programs before deciding how to arrange them for an acoustic trio, and adding ...

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Sachal Vasandani: Midnight Shelter

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"I'll leave you to your crowds," Sachal Vasandani murmurs to start off an album that couldn't be less suited to being with a crowd. The touch of irony is apt. The sound of Midnight Shelter is a lonely and thoughtful one (a reflection of the music's origin in a season of isolation), yet as with its ...

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Nik Bärtsch: Entendre

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Amidst the different shifting contexts that Nik Bärtsch has used to explore his unique minimalist-groove style known as Zen funk—his counterpart Ronin and Mobile groups having gone through a few changes and sometimes expanded with extra members as Ronin Rhythm Clan—it's a rare pleasure to simply hear him on his own. His compositions are titled as ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: March 2021

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In need of an extra ray of sunshine, or perhaps feeling good already and looking for something that'll suit? Fortunately this month's roundup (slightly belated or not) should more than have you covered. Philippe Lemm Trio First Steps Outside In Music 2021 Where it might be natural enough ...

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Jazzrausch Bigband: téchne

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Considering how Jazzrausch Bigband has spent its career shaking the rafters in dance clubs, it may seem a little odd to say things are sounding a bit more modern this time around. The outfit's hard-pounding electronics have always stayed on the cutting edge and attracted an adventurous young fan base from the start. Nonetheless, it's also ...

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Springtime Sunshine

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Even though they came at different times and are good for all seasons, this is a batch of small delights that all share a certain brightness and playfulness. They make a fine bill when put together, with or without any direct connections. Chance Hayden Grab & Go Ropeadope 2020

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Rubber Soul Quartet: Blackbird

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It's doubtless impossible for anyone to avoid some degree of cliché when tackling the Beatles yet again. Of course there have been covers beyond count, and even adapting the band's songs to other genres (jazz not least among them) is well-trodden ground. Still, this quartet does a solidly enjoyable job in going for playfulness more than ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: February 2021

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It's a European batch of trios for this month, showing all kinds of local roots and with a fascinating knack for subverting expectations. Fergus McCreadie Cairn Edition Records 2021 Scotland's tourist organization could do a lot worse than hire Fergus McCreadie for a little PR. The Jamestown-born pianist offers ...

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Solo Statesmen

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Joachim Kühn Touch the Light ACT Music 2021 Centuries-old classical, rock from recent decades, jazz staples both classic and modern—to Joachim Kühn it's all just good music regardless of style, and it seems any material can be suited to the mood at hand when he's in a mind to play with ...

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Two Poetic Duos

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Siril Malmedal Hauge and Jacob Young Chasing Sunsets Oslo Session Recordings 2020 Siril Malmedal Hauge and Jacob Young are no strangers to finding beauty in simplicity. They made a sleeper highlight of 2018 when they first teamed up for Last Things (Oslo Session Recordings), and their second outing offers more of ...


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