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Charlie Ballantine: Reflections/Introspection: The Music Of Thelonious Monk

Read "Reflections/Introspection: The Music Of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Reflections/Introspection... follows-up guitarist Charlie Ballentine's Life is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan, the guitarist's tribute to another (and very different type of) iconoclastic modern composer and one of the best albums of 2018. He absolutely bounces through this double-LP (one trio, one quartet) on a merry joyride through the compositions of “the onliest Monk."

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Reflections/Introspection: The Music Of Thelonious Monk

Label: Green Mind Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Reflections; Bemsha Swing; Off Minor; Ugly Beauty; Raise Four; Bemsha Swing (Alternate Take); Pannonica (Solo); Brilliant Corners; Green Chimneys; Introspection; Evidence; Ask Me Now; Monk's Dream; Brilliant Corners (Alternate Take); Let's Cool One.

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Charlie Ballantine: Reflections/Introspection: The Music Of Thelonious Monk

Read "Reflections/Introspection: The Music Of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Indianapolis-based guitarist and composer Charlie Ballantine has made thematically organized albums before. Life is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan (Green Mind Records, 2018) featured creative versions of songs by the iconic songwriter, and Vonnegut (Green Mind Records, 2020), was made up of original Ballantine compositions inspired by the work of novelist Kurt Vonnegut. Here the ...

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Charlie Ballantine: Vonnegut

Read "Vonnegut" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Indianapolis-based guitarist/composer Charlie Ballantine took his inspiration from iconic American novelist Kurt Vonnegut for this project, the most complex set of music in his already lengthy and varied recording career. He was joined by fellow Indianapolis musicians: saxophonist Rob Dixon, saxophonist/clarinetist Amanda Gardier, pianist Mina Keohane, bassist Jesse Wittman and drummer Cassius Goens. Dixon, Gardier and ...

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Flyover Country

Label: Green Mind Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Midwestern Gothic; Boss Lady; Void; Buddy; 40 Tattoos; Hidden; Red-Headed Uncle; Flyover Country; Sea Day.

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Vonnegut

Label: Green Mind Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sympathy for Malachi Constant; The Mind of Dwayne Hoover; Eloise Metzger; Unk; Kilgore in Timequake; No Damn Cat, No Damn Cradle; Space Wanderer; Kilgore in Breakfast of Champions; So It Goes.

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Amanda Gardier: Flyover Country

Read "Flyover Country" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Saxophonist Amanda Gardier's sophomore recording, Flyover Country, opens with her original, “Midwestern Gothic," a tune which shifts between serene reveries and pronouncements so bold they could fit--switch out the acoustic rhythm section and the saxophone for some muscular, loud electric guitars--into an in-you-face heavy metal band. A fine way to open the show. Gardier ...

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Empathy

Label: Green Mind Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Giants; Revolving Door; Fjord; Joga Intro; Joga; Smoke; Two-Sided; Thin Line; What Will Happen; Empathy; Leap of Faith.

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Life is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan

Label: Green Mind Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Times They Are a-Changin'; The Death of Emmett Till; She Belongs to Me; Masters of War; The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll; It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding); Don't Think Twice, It's Alright; A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall; Shelter from the Storm; Tears of Rage; One More Cup of Coffee; I Shall Be Released.

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Amanda Gardier: Empathy

Read "Empathy" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With a clear sense of composition and where her own fluid voice, and those of her superb surrounding musicians, fall within the whole, Indiana-based alto saxophonist Amanda Gardier opens her debut disc, Empathy, on the multi-layered strengths of the palette-setting “Giants," an expansive piece that allows her plenty of time in the lead before gracefully stepping ...


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