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Jim Black

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.


Boiling Point

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2022
Track listing: Boiling Point; Parksville; Shibuya; Cali-lacs; Koen Dori; All Caps.


Article: Hi-Res Jazz

Human Feel: Speak To It

Read "Human Feel: Speak To It" reviewed by Mark Werlin

What is chamber jazz? The emergence of chamber jazz as a genre can be traced to the innovative sextet sides recorded in the mid-1930s by bandleader John Kirby, and to the trio and small-ensemble post-war recordings of Benny Goodman. By the late 1940s, the term 'chamber jazz' was widely used in industry publications such ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

An Eclectic Selection Of New Releases

Read "An Eclectic Selection Of New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this week's show a host of new releases from Caleb Wheeler Curtis, Chris Torkewitz, Hendrik Meurkins & The WDR Big Band, The Relay, Kate Wyatt, Alessandro Sgobbio, Robert Lee and Pablo Moser. There are also two brand new albums from Gordon Grdina, the reissue of a 20 year live recording from Peter Brötzmann, Milford Graves, ...


Article: Album Review

Elias Stemeseder: Solo Piano

Read "Solo Piano" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Elias Stemeseder, Austrian-born and New York-based since 2015, is ready--in 2022--to release his first album under his own name. Piano Solo is something he might not have taken on. He considers himself still a student. If not for the encouragement of Intakt Records' Florian Keller, this album may not have happened. The pianist has contributed, ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra

Read "The Essential Satoko Fujii, Part One: Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet and Orchestra" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Satoko Fujii's recorded output comes at you hard and fast. It can overwhelm. In 2018—in celebration of her sixtieth birthday—the pianist/composer/bandleader released an album a month. Not download offerings, but real, handsomely produced CDs, with top of-the-line cover art and sturdy cardboard covers—jewels for the eye, ear and hand. Several other years have seen a release ...


Ghost Songs

Label: Neuklang
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ghost Song #4; Ghost Song #3; Ghost Song #5; Specter #2; Ghost Song #7; Ghost Song #2; Specter #1; Ghost Song #6; Ghost Song #8; Ghost Song #1; Specter #3.


Article: Album Review

Gordon Grdina: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Vancouver, BC, oud player & guitarist Gordon Grdina has become a prolific presence in jazz and world music. The Juno award winner led Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio (Skirl Records, 2020) with Matt Mitchell and Jim Black. The previous year, he took part in the trio of Matthew Shipp and Mark Helias on Skin and Bones ...

Article: Album Review

Paul Jarret: Ghost Songs

Read "Ghost Songs" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Non deve averci pensato più di tanto Paul Jarret quando, avendo vinto nel 2019 il Talent ADAMI Jazz, ha avuto l'opportunità di invitare un grande musicista di fama mondiale a collaborare nell'ambito del suo progetto Ghost Songs: la scelta è ricaduta su Jim Black, il batterista punto di riferimento del jazz d'avanguardia di New York che, ...

Article: Live Review

Firenze Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Firenze Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Firenze Jazz Festival Firenze Varie sedi 8-12.9.2021 Il Firenze Jazz Festival ha proposto quest'anno un numero impressionante di appuntamenti, ben trenta, spalmati su quattro giorni più l'anteprima la sera di mercoledì 8 settembre. La moltitudine di concerti ha inevitabilmente portato alla loro parziale sovrapposizione, ma questo non deve necessariamente essere ...


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