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Yuhan Su: Liberated Gesture

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A remarkable feature of vibraphonist Yuhan Su's captivating fourth release as a leader, LIberated Gesture, is its cohesiveness and narrative quality. Even though only three tracks are part of a suite, common motifs and logical transitions interconnect all ten. This and the sublime balance between the emotional and the cerebral endows the work with its enchanting ...


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Cecilia Quinteros: Narel

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Argentinian cellist Cecilia Quinteros' oeuvre has encompassed the western classical idiom, jazz, improvised music and interdisciplinary projects with dancers. After several collaborative recordings Quinteros has released her first solo album, the award winning seven movement Narel. This is a mesmerizing suite that demonstrates Quinteros' brilliance as a composer and virtuosity as a performer. The ...


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Ivo Perelman, Nate Wooley, Mat Maneri, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe Morris, Matt Moran: Seven Skies Orchestra

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Ever the intrepid innovator, saxophonist Ivo Perelman takes his music in a new direction on the double-disc set, Seven Skies Orchestra. After a long series, primarily of duets, Perelman returns to a larger ensemble setting, a sextet in this case. That is not the only difference between this release and his previous output; the music here, ...


Article: Year in Review

Hrayr Attarian's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

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There are many best of year lists that cover the essential releases of 2023. In order not to repeat what others have done, more eloquently than me, I might add, I decided to list ten albums that personally “spoke" to me over the past year. They cover wide range of styles and feature an international cast ...


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Three Gems of Creative Music from Relative Pitch: Works by Madison Greenstone, Camila Nebbia, and Maria Valencia

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Over the past dozen years, the New York-based label Relative Pitch has diligently promoted improvised music. Founded by Kevin Reilly and the late Mike Panico, the imprint boasts a roster of artists that range from stalwarts in the field of creative music to promising newcomers. Below are reviews of three prodigious woodwind players' solo 2023 releases. ...


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Ivo Perelman: Tuning Forks

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Intrepid improviser and tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman takes his explorations in yet another direction on the captivating Tuning Forks. A duet with vibraphonist Matt Moran, this richly textured work primarily draws inspiration from the musical and healing properties of vibrations. For this, and subsequent releases, Perelman resurrects his previously defunct label Ibeji. The overall ...


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Jahari Stampley: Still Listening

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Chicago-based pianist Jahari Stampley is a definite prodigy. Raised in a musical family, Stampley, like his mother, also composes and plays other instruments. His debut Still Listening is a mix of four solo and five ensemble tracks, all his originals, which also showcase his leadership skills. The unaccompanied pieces are gems of musical virtuosity. ...


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Christian Dillingham: Cascades

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Chicago bassist Christian Dillingham is a truly versatile musician. In addition to excelling at various genres, including jazz, western classical and gospel, he appeared on singer Kirk Franklin's Grammy winner Long Live Love (RCA 2019). Dillingham is also an accomplished educator, composer and bandleader. He demonstrates these skills as he leads his quartet on his debut ...


Article: Album Review

Kaisa’s Machine: Taking Shape

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On her captivating second release, Taking Shape, Finnish bassist Kaisa Mäensivu demonstrates her singular talents as a composer and a bandleader. She is again at the helm of her cohesive group, Kaisa's Machine. It has been six years since her debut, years during which she established herself in her new hometown of New York. Her writing ...


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Matt Peterson: Better Worlds

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Chicago pianist Matt Peterson is a versatile artist who defies genres. He is both an accomplished, bop-based improviser as well as a sensitive interpreter of the Western classical tradition. Both elements of his style come together on the exuberant and captivating Better Worlds, a collection of 10 of his originals as well as a unique arrangement ...


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