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Jim Black (born 1967 in Seattle, Washington) is a jazz drummer who has performed with Tim Berne and Dave Douglas, among others. He attended Berklee College of Music. His own group, AlasNoAxis, includes Hilmar Jensson on electric guitar, Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, and Skúli Sverrisson on electric bass. The music is in some ways closer to post-rock than jazz, concentrating on rhythmic shifts and ensemble texture rather than featured solos. Since 2000, the group has released several records on Winter & Winter. The group Pachora, also including Black, Speed, and Sverrisson, and with Brad Shepik on tambura and electric saz, plays music that is similarly rhythmically diverse, but inspired by Balkan rhythms.

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Label: Edizioni Parco Della Musica
Released: 2020
Track listing: Demolition; The Tree And the Water; Rubble Dust; No Boundaries; Short Memory Reprise; Eyes of Twilight; If You Raise a Wall You Get Low; I Can’t See You; Bricks on Tilt; A View Through a Slot; Inside the Crack; Short Memory; The Three and the Water Reprise.

Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Wildfire; Nomad; Ride Home; Benbow; Thanksgiving; Lady Choral.

Reckon

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Astrono Said So; Tripped Overture; Tighter Whined; Spooty And Snofer; Very Query; Focus On Tomorrow; Next Razor World; Neural Holiday; Dancy Clear Ends; What You Are Made From; This One And This Too.

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Jim Black, Milt Hinton & Gerald Clayton

Read "Jim Black, Milt Hinton & Gerald Clayton" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with a favorite in the Kansas City area known, The Grand Marquis. The hour also features new music from a variety of jazz musicians all over the world like Jim Black, Christian Tamburr, Emie Roussel, Delasito and FKAJazz. We finish things up with some live music at the Village Vanguard with Gerald ...

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Mark Harvey Group, Thumbscrew & Rez Abbasi

Read "Mark Harvey Group, Thumbscrew & Rez Abbasi" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

No matter who pianist Russ Lossing chooses for his various trio projects, they always work! His new Mood Suite, with Mark Helias on bass and Eric McPherson on drums is excellent. Although Lossing has played with Helias and McPherson over the past two decades, they've never played as a trio before. Musical osmosis must work, because ...

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Andrew D'Angelo: Andrew D'Angelo & DNA Orchestra

Read "Andrew D'Angelo & DNA Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo quasi un decennio di attività, la DNA Orchestra di Andrew D'Angelo debutta con questo vulcanico album (al momento reperibile solo su Bandcamp) che raccoglie alcuni brani scritti dal leader e presentati in passati concerti. Dopo le drammatiche notizie del 2008 sulla salute del sassofonista (due interventi chirurgici per un tumore al cervello ...

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A selection of brand new music

Read "A selection of brand new music" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week all new sounds: Jacksonville Florida Jazz Collective Madre Vaca interpret the music of Franz Schubert with their take on the Winterreise song cycle. Another release from the new label 9donkeys with a live recording of Tim Berne, David Torn and Ches Smith as Sun of Goldfinger. A stunning new album of jazz ...

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Gordon Grdina Septet: Resist

Read "Resist" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It takes a leap of unconditional faith to enter wholly the resistance. A mindset steadied for the long haul, readied for the next. On his third, integral, must-listen-to release of 2020, Canadian oudist/guitarist/composer Gordon Grdina grandly, darkly, intently, espouses all that and more. Hellbent on creating art as a political act, the sprawling, at times majestic ...

Gordon Grdina: Singular and Prolific

Read "Gordon Grdina: Singular and Prolific" reviewed by Doug Collette

Gordon Grdina continues his singular and prolific career path with not one but two different recordings conducted with two separate musical ensembles. Accurate and vivid reflections of his eclectic mix of what is, in simplest terms, mainstream jazz, free/improv and Arabic music. Nomad Trio and Resist also build upon his background as protégé of jazz great ...


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