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3x3: Piano Trios: July 2022

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Florian Hoefner Trio Desert Bloom Alma Records 2022 If the title of First Spring appropriately represented the Florian Hoefner Trio's first emergence, Desert Bloom is the picture of a colorful summer to follow--warmer, more vibrant, and at the same time more settled. As on their debut, the trio shows off an ...


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Klas Jervfors Turner: Odonata

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Considering its origins, Odonata could have easily been a much sadder piece of work than it is. It began as part of the grieving process for four potential children that Klas Jervfors Turner and his wife lost through a series of miscarriages. He pays them tribute here with four somber and mostly unaccompanied horn pieces—a somewhat ...


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Two Masterful Duos (Night and Day)

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Sachal Vasandani and Romain Collin Still Life Edition Records 2022 While the first year of COVID-19 turned the world upside down, Sachal Vasandani and Romain Collin turned sudden isolation into figurative gold. The simple duo album Midnight Shelter (Edition, 2021) was a rich sleeper that proved to continue getting better with ...


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Guitarists in the Age of Isolation

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The Joel Newton Situation New Now Self Produced 2022 Since the first year of Covid had left everyone suddenly making music alone, of course it was inevitable that the trend of isolation albums would eventually give way to the out-of-isolation album as the world moved into partial circulation. For the Joel ...


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Ikarus: Plasma

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While they have an ambition worthy of their mythological namesake, this Ikarus is in no danger of melting and crashing after flying too high. Their exuberance is a little less wild yet, in its own way, no less adventurous. This quintet melds the sum of its minimalist parts into something transcendent yet always understated. Without needing ...


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Bruce Hornsby: 'Flicted

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After two straight albums made by basically throwing every dang thing at the wall just to see what would happen, it turns out Bruce Hornsby still has one more in the grab bag. He began Absolute Zero (Zappo, 2019) and Non-Secure Connection (Zappo, 2020) without any particular theme, just taking musical bits and bobs he'd produced ...


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Chance Hayden: Shag Bag

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Warm springtime, sunshine, good friends—it must be time for a party. Chance Hayden is certainly feeling the joy and ready to kick off something fun. Working around pandemic restrictions left him and his colleagues ready to bounce and blow off some steam, and bagging (sorry) the iconic Ronnie Foster on keys made the perfect funk-fusion topping. ...


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3x3: Piano Trios: April 2022

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Okay, we're technically cheating here since this first one is a duo, but there's a full enough sound that you probably wouldn't know it. As is so often the case with piano groups, there's no end to the variety. Glass Museum Reflet Self produced 2022 Glass Museum isn't ...


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Jazz Sabbath: Vol. 2

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The story is almost worthy of the Onion: it turns out that Black Sabbath, the legendary outfit which practically invented heavy metal, was really a bunch of impostors who stole their early material. Iconic pieces such as “Iron Man" really came from a brilliant forward-thinking jazz combo which disappeared in the late '60s before they could ...


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The Art of the (Guitar) Trio

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One simple format truly can allow for endless possibilities. For yet another exhibit, here are half a dozen that could hardly be more different from each other. Orion Tango The In Between 1k Recordings 2022 If Orion Tango was adventurous and loud in the Before Times (and they ...


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