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Michael Robinson: Lotus-Pollen

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Multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael Robinson utilizes a unique amalgam of acoustic and digital technology to create captivating sonic tapestries. His genre-defying pieces are crafted with the rigour of a classicist yet they brim with a dynamic jazzy spontaneity and eastern mysticism. On his fourth 2020 release, Lotus-Pollen, Robinson performs four kaleidoscopic and mesmerizing originals, each with ...

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Rich Halley: The Shape Of Things

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Accomplished saxophonist Rich Halley has an easily recognizable style which is marked with his brassy, rough-hewn tone, innovative ideas and simmering passion. After starting his own Pine Eagle label, in 2010, Halley added eleven stimulating albums to his discography, featuring bassist Clyde Reed and his son, drummer Carson Halley. In 2019 Halley started fronting the equally ...

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Ivo Perelman: Shamanism

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Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman's impressive oeuvre is marked by its creator's singular talent of balancing intellectual rigor and passionate abandon. Perelman's improvisation-heavy pieces are dynamic and intricately constructed, sometimes resembling tone poems in their evocative nature. His 2020 Shamanism consists of ten of these which are imbued with sublime spirituality. Joining Perelman on this ...

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Ivo Perelman: The Purity of Desire

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Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman is an imaginative and intrepid musical explorer. His prolific discography is replete with unique examples of his restless creativity all bearing his inimitable style. On the sensual The Purity of Desire Perelman joins forces with oud player Gordon Grdina and percussionist Hamin Honari. Together they perform a set of eight originals inspired ...

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Ivo Perleman: Dust of Light/Ears Drawing Sounds

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Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is an accomplished improviser whose intrepid experimentations have resulted in one of the most provocative modern music. Despite being prolific, additions to Perelman's discography are always refreshingly innovative partially because of like-minded and equally brilliant collaborators. Joining him on the superb Dust of Light/Ears Drawing Sounds, is the French guitar virtuoso Pascal Marzan. ...

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Salim Javaid and Santiago Bogacz: Una Mirada Perdida / Ella Se Convirtio En Sus Ojos

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Uruguayan guitarist Santiago Bogacz, who sometimes goes by the stage name of Matador, is an inquisitive sonic explorer with a versatile creative vision. Bogacz uses a range of folk influences and styles to enhance his genre-bending solos without sacrificing his spontaneity. On his few duet outings he has proven to be an intrepid improviser, and does ...

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Samo Salamon: Almost Alone Vol 1

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Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon is as prolific as he is innovative. His restless explorations have resulted in a large, versatile discography that ranges from the orchestral to the free flowing with a variety of ensembles. His 2020 release Almost Alone Vol. 1 is a set of eleven duets each with a different international guitarist. It is ...

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William Chernoff: Aim To Stay

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Canadian bassist William Chernoff showcases his crisp, clever writing and musicianship on his exciting debut, Aim To Stay. Leading a quartet made up of fellow alumni from Capilano University, Chernoff interprets seven of his lyrical originals that draw upon his various influences. For instance guitarist Bill Frisell serves as an inspiration for “Stop Me ...

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Catherine Sikora's Paris Sessions at the Centre Culturel Irlandais: Sancturary and Things To Do In Paris

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Irish saxophonist Catherine Sikora, who makes New York her home, is a dynamic improviser and an innovative composer who, from the start of her career, has had a unique sound. Her mastery over her instrument as well as her expansive and multifaceted aesthetics make her albums completely absorbing. In 2020 she released two captivating, live recordings ...

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Tom Ranier: This Way

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Multi-instrumentalist Tom Rainer is a genre-defying artist who has a uniquely accessible style with a cinematic approach to orchestration. The enjoyable This Way is made up of several of his own compositions as well as a few covers, all of which Rainer and his quartet interpret with sophistication and elegance. The funky title track, ...


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