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Max ZT

“I think we’re in the midst of a mass awakening,” says Max ZT, “a kind of collective reprioritization. It feels like we’ve been forging our way through the darkness, and now the light is finally about to break through.” 

With Daybreak, Max’s mesmerizing new album of hammered dulcimer music, the light has arrived. Recorded at home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fully-improvised instrumental collection channels all of the hope and fear and pain and discovery of these past few years into a captivating sonic journey that’s equal parts medicine and meditation. The songs here are spare and deliberate, calling on Indian, African, and Celtic traditions as they move with grace and wonder, and the performances are nothing short of entrancing, managing to showcase both Max’s virtuosic command of his instrument and the innovative approach that’s earned him widespread acclaim. A national champion performer, Max has been praised as the Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer by NPR, but Daybreak isn’t about fireworks or flash. Instead, the album is an offering, an ego-sublimating invitation to step outside of yourself and find peace and comfort in reflection. 

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Article: Album Review

Snarky Puppy: Immigrance

Read "Immigrance" reviewed by Josh Deakin


Three years after their last release, Snarky Puppy's thirteenth studio album Immigrance makes a statement as a standard for jazz fusion that all modern artists should take note of. The opening track, “Chonks," sets the tone of the record with a fierce drum fill from Larnell Lewis which is reminiscent of reggae tones, an ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Lettieri: Things Of That Nature

Read "Things Of That Nature" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Some musicians just have a certain skill set. You know, the one that could make “Mary Had A Little Lamb" entertaining enough for you to go out and buy their cover of it? As on his previous albums, guitarist Mark Lettieri's fifth solo outing Things of That Nature reminds us that he is one of those ...

Album

Rising

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Renew; Kites; When I Play; Wedding Song; The Wall; Together; Midnight; Shape Of My Heart.

Album

What Heat

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: All the Way Home; Fanm; Lé An Gadé-w En Zyé; Réparasyons; Bòd Lanmé Pa Lwe; Don’t Do It; Chambre à Échos; Maison En Feu.

Album

Things Of That Nature

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Blockheads; Naptime; Suess Pants; Point Iz; Chicory; Bubinga; Huh; Ojai.

Album

Immigrance

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Chonks; Bigly Strictness; Coven; Bling Bling; Xavi; While We're Young; Bad Kids to the Back; Even Us.

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Article: Album Review

House of Waters: Rising

Read "Rising" reviewed by Jim Worsley


A musical instrument with a sounding board or box, typically trapezoidal in shape, over which strings of graduated length are stretched and played by being struck with handheld hammers. Step to the head of the class if you immediately knew this was describing a dulcimer. It's not an instrument generally associated with jazz. Come to think ...

Album

Strange Circles

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Jou Ké Ouvè; Nou Tout Sé Yonn; Ola; Zyé Ouvè, Zyé Fèmé; Roudesann; Limyè; An Ni Chans; Apathie Mortelle; Vayan; Héritier.

Album

Thrēq

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2017


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