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Jason Adasiewicz

Vibraphonist, drummer, and composer. He is an integral member of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, bringing his aggressive yet lyrical style to over 10 working Chicago groups, including Rob Mazurek’s Starlicker and Exploding Star Orchestra, Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, Peter Brotzmann:Jason Adasiewicz Duo, Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystals, Josh Berman and His Gang, Ingebrigt Häker Flaten Chicago Sextet, James Falzone’s Klang and Ken Vandermark’s Topology and Midwest School. Adasiewicz performs frequently in Europe and is a member of groups lead by Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, and Stefano Bollani

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Brötzmann & Fred Lonberg-Holm: Memories of a Tunicate

Read "Memories of a Tunicate" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Peter Brötzmann in a duo format brings out the best of Peter Brötzmann. Yes, but maybe of greater import, the duo also ennobles his improvising partner. Not that cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm needs the accolades. He has been front-and-center of the creative music scene for more than three decades, collaborating with the likes of Joe McPhee, Ken ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song

Read "Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It might be that singer/songwriter Steve Dawson was born in California and raised in Idaho, but he has become a son of the city he calls home: jny: Chicago. He is teaching at the acclaimed Old Town School of Folk Music and while preparing others for a life in music, he has also followed his own ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

All About The Vibes

Read "All About The Vibes" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the show is all about the vibraphone or vibes with a variety of music demonstrating the power and wonder of that singular instrument. Jazz history is full of great players from Milt Jackson through to Gary Burton but I'm going to look at some modern practitioners on this show, One of those is Dan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Something Else! Festival 2019

Read "Something Else! Festival 2019" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Something Else! St. John the Evangelist Church Hamilton, Ontario June 20-23, 2019 I must confess that I spend very little time in churches, so I would not normally be inclined to spend the first weekend of summer in one. But sometimes exceptions must be made, and such an exception ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out

Read "Rummage Out" reviewed by John Sharpe

Perhaps it was pianist Matt Piet's appearances with esteemed reedman Dave Rempis on the co-operative Hit The Ground Running (Aerophonic, 2016) which first started to garner him attention, but he is certainly beginning to gain a reputation in his own right, a trend which can only be furthered by the release of Rummage Out. Piet set ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Rempis / Daisy Duo & Guests: Dodecahedron

Read "Dodecahedron" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Tim Daisy have been performing together in Chicago for decades. Their voices have been heard in Ken Vandermark's Audio One, Resonance Ensemble and The Vandermark Five, Triage (with Jason Ajemian), and their own projects, Rempis' Quartet, The Engines, Percussion Quartet (with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Frank Rosaly) and Daisy's Celebration Sextet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amir ElSaffar/Rivers of Sound: Not Two

Read "Not Two" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Much has been written about Amir ElSaffar's Iraqi-American background and the influence that birthright has had on his music. The demographics, however, do little to prepare the ear for the exotic and completely distinctive sound that he creates. ElSaffar's Western and Middle Eastern amalgam of disciplines had best manifested itself in his sextet, the Two Rivers ...

Rows and Rows

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Caballo Ballo; Questioned, Understood, Possessed; Where's Mine; A Rose Heading; Swap; Rows and Rows; Putting It On, Taking It Off; Cannon from the Nothing Suite; Thunder Cooker.


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