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Jacob Sacks is one of the most creative pianists on the NYC jazz scene today. His strong individual voice has been heard in a variety of settings ranging from the mainstream jazz traditions of the Mingus Big Band and Orchestra to the open approach of the Paul Motian Septet to the vamp based fusion of David Binney’s Balance. Originally from Michigan, Jacob was a 1995 Presidential Scholar In The Arts before he moved to New York City to study with Garry Dial at the Manhattan School Of Music. After graduation in 1998, Jacob was a finalist in the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. In the last 12 years, Jacob has been a member of many different ensembles, recorded several albums, and has toured the United States, Europe, and Canada several times

Fishes

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Saloon; Carnegie The Sketcher; This Is a Song ; Carnegie Kvetches If; The Opener; Carnegie Echos Kent; Five Little Melodies; Carnegie Chutes Fork; Chopped In; Carnegie Stock Thew; Ill Blues.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1: Utica Box

Read "Utica Box" reviewed by Troy Dostert

An inventive drummer whose technical facility is easily matched by his compositional ambition, Dan Weiss is not a percussionist to be trifled with. Whether he is offering idiosyncratic homages to some of jazz's foremost rhythm-men, as on his Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi Recordings, 2016) or attempting to fuse jazz and prog metal, as on Starebaby (Pi ...

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Joao Lencastre: Parallel Realities

Read "Parallel Realities" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Portuguese drummer João Lencastre titled his release Parallel Realities because upon initial listening you might get a notion this music is tether-less free improvisation. But upon further spins, an order appears from the farrago. How that order is generated is, well, the magician's art of pulling a rabbit from his hat. Parallel Realities follows ...

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Eclectic and Electric

Read "Eclectic and Electric" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is kind of eclectic, what with music from the likes of Petter Eldh's European super group Koma Saxo taking jazz in a different direction, Reverse Winchester (rapper/poet Mike Ladd hooked up with the open tuning of guitarist Mathieu Sourisseau), a historical bit on the strange tale of Canadian drummer Claude ...

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William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More

Read "William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Back in 2017, one of the great quartets was in a celebratory mood over the release of a new recording, so they booked the Shapeshifter Lab in New York for their record release party. Someone had the smarts to record those musical proceedings and the results are a new album by bassist William Parker and In ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Jentsch Group No Net: Topics in American History

Read "Topics in American History" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Chris Jentsch's newest project is a suite that treats various periods of American history to a somewhat skeptical, alternative viewpoint. It doesn't attempt to tell a chronological story but instead hopscotches through topics like the Civil War, Westward Expansion, the Cold War and post-World War II suburban sprawl with a constant sense of unease and ...

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A Focus on Tony Malaby

Read "A Focus on Tony Malaby" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A focus on saxophonist Tony Malaby with a variety of music from his work as a leader, co-leader and as a sideman demonstrating his exceptional playing. Playlist Gordon Grdina “Visceral Voices" from No Difference (Songlines) 00:00 Rez Abassi “Dark Bones" from Out of Body (Feroza) 09:04 Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth “Arthur Avenue" from Epicenter (Clean ...

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Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

Read "Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacob Sacks: Fishes

Read "Fishes" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Quintetto molto interessante quello allestito da Jacob Sacks, talentuoso pianista newyorchese che in Fishes riunisce alcuni dei musicisti più rappresentativi di quella città. Interessante perché lungi dall'essere una prova di forza (come la presenza dei due fiati poteva far supporre) o una celebrazione delle spiccate personalità dei componenti del gruppo (tutti titolari di importanti formazioni), Fishes ...


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