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Antonino Restuccia: Otro Camino

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Montevideo native and Barcelona-based bassist Antonino Restuccia is a talented composer and inventive improviser. His elegant and introspective third release, the absorbing Otro Camino exhibits these aspects of his artistry, together with his superb leadership skills to their fullest. Heading a cohesive quintet primarily of Uruguayan musicians, Restuccia interprets eight of his enchanting originals.

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Sencalar/Glassman Quintet: Realization

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Altin Sencalar and Chris Glassman were classmates in graduate school at Michigan State University (MSU) where they were both trombonist MIchael Dease's proteges. When they decided to release their debut, the exciting Realization, their mentor produced the record, contributed a tune and made a guest appearance on the opening track. For this bop-based session ...

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The Westerlies: Wherein Lies the Good

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The dynamic and inventive brass quartet The Westerlies explores an eclectic array of pieces on its third release, the mesmerizing Wherein Lies the Good. Consisting of four jazz-leaning horn players, the ensemble, in addition to interpreting delightful originals, delves into the modern classical, art-rock and folk repertoires. The album opens with trombonist Andy Clausen's ...

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Ayman Fanous: Negoum

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Guitarist and composer Ayman Fanous is a musical explorer who thrives in duet settings. He has recorded three such outings over a span of a dozen years, the latter of which is the mystical and haunting Negoum (Stars in Arabic). On it Fanous collaborates with the restlessly inventive cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, who has pushed boundaries of ...

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Ivo Perelman: Live in Nuremberg

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The captivating and tense Live In Nuremberg is an improvised duet between saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp captured on June 24, 2019, at the Kulturwerkstatt Auf AEG, during the German “The Art of Improvisation" festival. In a way it is the culmination of their collaboration that spans a quarter of a century and two ...

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Burak Bedikyan: Istanbul Junction

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Istanbul-born and New York-based pianist Burak Bedikyan is an inventive composer and intelligent improviser with a subtle touch. His fifth release, the intimate and cinematic Istanbul Junction, showcases his talents fully as he leads a new band through nine of his captivating originals. The album's overall ambience is dramatic and darkly-hued, and the various ...

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Antonino Restuccia and Santiago Bogacz: Resonancias

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Uruguayan guitarist Santiago Bogacz and his compatriot, bassist Antonino Restuccia, have been performing improvised music individually for about a decade, and playing together for a couple of years. They have released two captivating live EPs, Ducón (Self Produced, 2018) and Subsuelo (Self Produced, 2019). Resonancias is their third collaborative album and the first full length one. ...

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Jason Kao Hwang & Karl Berger: Conjure

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On the ethereal and intimate Conjure, violinist Jason Kao Hwang and pianist-vibraphonist Karl Berger perform a set of eight improvised duets. Hwang was a member of Berger's Creative Music Orchestra, so the facility of their interaction is not surprising. The brilliant synergy between them, however, results in thought-provoking and thrillingly inventive music which moves with its ...

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Donna Khalifé: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

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Lebanese vocalist and bassist Donna Khalifé is a consummate jazz artist. In addition to mastering singing in all its aspects, including scatting, she is a distinctive composer and an accomplished instrumentalist. On her second release Hope Is the Thing with Feathers she leads her quintet on intriguing interpretations of standards and her own originals.

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Laura Jurd: Stepping Back, Jumping In

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English trumpeter Laura Jurd is a phenomenally creative composer and improviser who is unafraid to explore new musical ideas and defy genre boundaries. The 2019 addition to her intriguing discography, the multilayered Stepping Back, Jumping In is unique in its originality yet bearing Jurd's signature approach to stylistic fusion. Three performance spaces in the UK commissioned ...


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