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Joel Futterman, William Parker, Chad Fowler, Steve Hirsh: The Deep

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The Deep brings together the quartet of pianist Joel Futterman, bassist William Parker, saxophonist Chad Fowler, and drummer Steve Hirsh. Individually—and collectively—they have been the catalysts for many who wander to the farther bounds of jazz. This leaderless group has recorded in distinct member formations, with Futterman and Parker dating back to Authenticity (Kali Records, 1998). ...

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Natsuki Tamura and Gato Libre: Sleeping Cat

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Following the example of his partner and spouse, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura has embarked on a year-long project of multiple, timed releases. Like his companion, Tamura has found that his trumpet is at home in numerous musical settings. One of his most popular ventures is the group Gato Libre which features Fujii on accordion rather than ...

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Lionel Marchetti & Abdul Moimême: Ciel-Cristal

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Composer Lionel Marchetti works in electroacoustic music. A visual artist and book author, he has led or played on more than sixty albums, his recordings having been issued on labels based in Spain, Germany, Italy, and his native France. Marchetti is a strong proponent of experimental music and musique concrete, and finds a kindred spirit in ...

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Horace Tapscott Quintet: Legacies for Our Grandchildren: Live in Hollywood 1995

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Since its founding in 2011, the French record label Dark Tree has been issuing a “Roots Series" documenting previously unreleased performances of the Los Angeles jazz avant-garde from the 1970s through the '90s. Among the best of those releases have been several from Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra led by pianist/composer/conductor Horace Tapscott. Legacies for Our Grandchildren: ...

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Chris Coyle: Phantasma Trio Vol. 1

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Bassist and composer Chris Coyle is based in Philadelphia, and had previously issued three albums as leader which speak to his broad musical interests. Along with original pieces, he has covered a plethora of styles from re-imagined Duke Ellington to Middle Eastern hybrids. Coyle is also a member of the Relâche chamber ensemble which performs modern ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: The Emerald Duets

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The pioneering British photographer/author Val Wilmer said of Wadada Leo Smith, “he no longer relates to the restrictions of scales and chords. To him, music is about two things only: sound and rhythm." Her assessment, from the essential book As Serious As Your Life (Allison & Busby Ltd, 1977), was published in 1977. But in the ...

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Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartets Nos. 1-12

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In the thirty-page booklet that accompanies Wadada Leo Smith's String Quartets Nos. 1-12, the trumpeter & composer devotes a few paragraphs to the subject of inspiration. He traces an irregular line whose points include Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, Muddy Waters, Ornette Coleman, and others. But those diverse artists, who came and went before Smith, have no ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: World Construct

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Throughout his long and prolific career, Matthew Shipp has presented several different and impressive trio formations. Among the featured members have been bassists William Parker, and Joe Morris, and drummers Guillermo E. Brown, Whit Dickey, and Susie Ibarra. In 2015, two other premier players, bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Newman Taylor Baker stepped in as the ...

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Binker Golding: Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy

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Acknowledged as one of the top UK saxophonists since the 2010s, Binker Golding established himself as half of the duo Binker and Moses with drummer Moses Boyd. On the same Gearbox Records label, Golding issued his first solo album Abstractions of Reality Past & Incredible Feathers in 2019. A departure from the uninhibited free improvisation and ...

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Bayard, Hulett, Lomax: Trio Plays Mingus

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In the year that would have been Charles Mingus' one-hundredth birthday, there is no shortage of reissues, tribute albums, and previously unreleased sessions such as The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott's (Resonance Records, 2022). But for drummer & composer Mark Lomax, the musical legacy of Mingus has special meaning. His Trio Plays Mingus gives new life ...


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