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Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree

Read "The Dark Tree" reviewed by Chris May

The year of writing this review, 2019, is the thirtieth anniversary of the recording of The Dark Tree. It is also the twentieth anniversary of the passing of Horace Tapscott, a forgotten master of politically engaged African American spiritual jazz. The album, which is among Tapscott's finest, is crying out for a 2019 anniversary reissue. STOP ...

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Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio

Read "Quartet (Willisau) 1991 Studio" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Uscita in origine (1992) in formato CD quadruplo (Studio & Live), questa è un'opera fondamentale (o se preferite la metà di essa) nella discografia di Anthony Braxton, posta al culmine della parabola creativa di quello che è stato senz'ombra di dubbio il suo gruppo più longevo, vale a dire il quartetto con Marilyn Crispell (per un ...

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Marco von Orelli: Blow, Strike & Touch

Read "Blow, Strike & Touch" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato dal vivo il il 2 aprile 2014 al Teather am Gleis di Winterthur, questo album documenta un paritetico trio di improvvisatori svizzeri, la cui intesa va oltre la musica e affonda nelle relazioni personali, artistiche e umane. La formazione vede il pianoforte di Max Keller e la batteria di Sheldon Suter affiancare la ...

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Albert Ayler: Copenhagen Live 1964

Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Il 1964 fu un anno cruciale nella vicenda artistica di Albert Ayler: l'abbondante pubblicazione di suoi lavori, tra cui Spiritual Unity e New York Eye and Ear Control, focalizzò l'attenzione sul sassofonista, sulla sua musica abrasiva e tenera, tellurica e spirituale. Epica. Fu anche l'anno in cui Ayler venne in Europa per la seconda volta, lasciando ...

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Samuel Blaser: Taktlos Zurich 2017

Read "Taktlos Zurich 2017" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although in existence since 2013, Taktlos Zurich 2017 constitutes the first record by Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's Trio with French guitarist Marc Ducret and Danish drummer Peter Bruun. It's worth the wait as Blaser helms a very responsive trio, so attuned to one another's movement that the spaces are as eloquent as the notes. One of ...

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Anthony Braxton Quartet: (Willisau) 1991 Studio

Read "(Willisau) 1991 Studio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Picture Miles Davis finishing a solo and stepping off the bandstand to smoke, while John Coltrane steps up to the microphone to play. I'll bet that never happened with the legendary Anthony Braxton Quartet (1985-1994). His quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Gerry Hemingway may be the best vehicle to appreciate Braxton's ...

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Matthew Shipp: Symbol Systems

Read "Symbol Systems" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Recorded originally in 1995 and released on No More Records, Matthew Shipp's Symbol Systems finds new life on Hatology in 2018. This was Shipp's first solo-piano recording whose genesis lay in the ideas of producer Alan Schneider. The recording is the result of a day spent in the studio by Shipp effusing what Shipp described to ...

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Silvan Schmid Quintet: At Gamut

Read "At Gamut" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

30-year-old Swiss trumpeter Silvan Schmid performs at a level of ingenuity and craftiness that some listeners might consider out of the ordinary for such a young artiste. Nonetheless, he's developed a mature and rather cunning compositional style. Among other noteworthy aspects, Schmid employs tubaist Lucas Wirz and cellist Silvan Jeger to build the lower-register bass parts ...

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Matthew Shipp: Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich

Read "Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich" reviewed by John Sharpe

On Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich, echoes of the jazz and classical traditions rub shoulders in a bewitching amalgam of insistent phrases, left hand tumult, undulating abstractions and gossamer melody. “No change there then," you might say when considering this installment of Matthew Shipp's solo oeuvre from May 2016. By this stage in his career the ...

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Paula Shocron, Germán Lamonega, Pablo Diaz: Tensegridad

Read "Tensegridad" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Una pianista di Rosario, un bassista e un batterista dell'area di Buenos Aires, età media qualche anno sopra i trenta, compongono uno dei trii pianistici più eccitanti che ci sia capitato di ascoltare da un po' di tempo in qua. La formula, si sa, è stereotipata, tipizzata, come nessun'altra, per cui se il vento che attraversa ...


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