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Article: Bailey's Bundles

March 2022: Send For Me

Read "March 2022: Send For Me" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Catherine Russell Send For Me Dot Time Records 2021 Where can one separate nostalgia from performance practice? Vocalist Catherine Russell prefers to engage her art using older formats. On Send For Me, Russell infuses her performances with a certain New Orleans-cum-Chicago flavor, circa 1930. She does not do this as a ...

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Article: Album Review

Phillips, Butcher, Solberg: We Met - And Then

Read "We Met - And Then" reviewed by John Sharpe


Sometimes three is a crowd, but when the company is as empathetic and welcoming as the fertile established partnership of British saxophonist John Butcher and Swedish percussionist Ståle Liavik Solberg, then the addition of veteran American bassist Barre Phillips serves as more of a benediction. Butcher and Solberg only came together in 2015, but ...

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Article: Album Review

Fish-scale Sunrise: No Queen Rises

Read "No Queen Rises" reviewed by John Sharpe


Dutch reedman Ab Baars goes out of his way to avoid sentiment in his playing. He plots courses that veer willfully from melodic to shrill, but always remains in control. The most striking aspect of Fish-scale Sunrise, named after a poem by Wallace Stevens, is how much this approach to improvising is reflected in his composing ...

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Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Solo piano performances generally fall into one of two categories--introverted or extraverted affairs. Obvious examples of extraverts are Fats Waller and Art Tatum, while inward-looking pianists are Brad Mehldau and Bill Evans. Extraverts play music pointed at the audience, while introverts internalize the experience. How then do we categorize the music of Satoko Fujii? ...

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Article: Live Review

October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017

Read "October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto


October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music FringeArts Philadelphia, PA October 5-8, 2017 The main venue for The October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music was FringeArts, a renovated historic pumping station for Philadelphia's fire department located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It seats 240 ...


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