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Glenn Astarita


I own a jazz/blues club (Water's Edge Bar & Grill) in Slidell, LA and write for Downbeat magazine, the New Orleans Weekly Gambit, All About Jazz and other music related mags/zines. Play the drums (briefly studied with Andrew Cyrille) and trying to start a house band at the club. Did some freelance photography years back, i.e. Corporate Functions, landscapes, drunks. Also spent time in a rainforest in Indonesia.

I'm an Information Technology Consultant (Not too persistent, but pushy by nature.) Hence, results oriented. Resumes are available upon request


Article: Album Review

Big Bad Brötzmann Quintet: Bambule!

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This set finds legendary free jazz innovator Peter Brotzmann leading his Big Bad Quintet, along with fellow German improvisational champions, keyboardist Oliver Schwerdt, drummer Christian Lillinger, bassist John Eckhardt and fabled British bassist John Edwards to round out a sweltering session, teeming with notions of turmoil, and enduring interchanges. Brotzmann is like a turbo-charged ...


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Silvan Schmid: Augmented Space

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Progressive Switzerland and Netherlands-based trumpeter Silvan Schmid (Gamut Kollektiv, KvG's Bottom Orchestra) delves into risky territory via these avant-garde solo performances. The good news is, that these are not cacophonous screeching, squealing and directionless free-form improvisations, although minor parts include oddball phrasings and upper-register plaintive cries. Yet the artist remarkably induces a polyphonic sound by often ...


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Anthropods: Anthropods

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American drummer/composer Mark Holub--currently residing in Vienna--is the founder of the ultra-hip jazz quintet, Led Bib. Yet he presents somewhat of a U-turn on his debut as a leader, which leans more toward progressive chamber, spiced with nouveau classical overtones and spunky rock grooves, all consummated by engaging improv among the performers. The musicians ...


Article: Album Review

Eric Plandé / Hasse Poulsen / Claude Tchamitchian: Beyond Dreams

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Here, we can throw genre type discussions out the door, since this European trio transparently interconnects worldly motifs with tribal insinuations, classic free jazz interplay and asymmetrically improvised and structured song forms. In addition, the musicians artfully generate a magnetic field that also includes bluesy vamps with melodious contrasts and unison phrasings, often cast with ethereal ...


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Various Artists: Black Lives - From Generation to Generation

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Indeed, African Americans are the architects of several musical formations, hearkening back to Scott Joplin's development of 'ragged' rhythms i.e., Ragtime, along with blues, funk, jazz, and other genres, often evolving into various tangents and offshoots. And on this comprehensively entertaining set produced by Belgian Stefany Calembert with assistance from her husband and acclaimed bassist Reggie ...


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Ruphus: Let Your Light Shine

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In 2021, this jny: Oslo-based progressive rock label reissued / remastered all of the Norwegian progressive rock unit's 1970s and early 1980s analog tapes of the original LPs. During its progression the band were especially popular in West Germany. However, the North American prog aficionados may have found it difficult to become aware of Ruphus unless ...


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Angelika Niescier: Soul In Plain Sight

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Saxophonist Angelika Niescier (Poland) and pianist Alexander Hawkins (UK) share mutual admiration amid a meeting at the Berlin Jazz Fest. As we fast forward to this duet outing by these increasingly prominent Euro improvisers who recast their respective goods here, think of Language A communicating with Language B, simply using the emotive aspects and non-verbal interactions ...


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Meer: Playing House

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Billed as an alternative progressive pop unit, this Norwegian octet skirts progressive rock territory as well. And from a qualitative perspective, the band executes the pop-related choruses with a college education. Lead singers Johanne-Margrethe Kippersund Nisdal (female) and Knut Kippersund-Nedsaf (male) alternate and coalesce throughout these radiantly melodic pieces embedded with strings, keys, guitars, and a ...


Article: Year in Review

Glenn Astarita's Best Recordings of 2021

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No doubt, 2021 was a tumultuous year on many fronts, but the jazz world had a spectacular year in the recording studio and beyond, although live appearances were limited. Hence, the following is a top ten list (in no particular order) that highlight some of the superb recordings released during 2021. Steve Coleman ...


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