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Steve Lehman: Ex Machina

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When native New Yorker Steve Lehman releases an album, the odds are it will turn up at the top of year-end polls. If the composer & saxophonist has a formula for success, a listener would be unlikely to discern a methodology across his previous sixteen leader releases. What sets Lehman apart is a hunger for knowledge ...


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Matthew Shipp: The Intrinsic Nature Of Shipp

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In a broad-themed 2023 interview with All About Jazz, Matthew Shipp described The Intrinsic Nature Of Shipp as his “grand statement for who I am now." With this solo release, we have a time-stamp in the composer's constantly evolving portfolio. As we trace Shipp's music from his first solo work, Symbol Systems (No More Records, 1995), ...


Article: Book Review

Singularity Codex: Matthew Shipp on RogueArt

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Singularity Codex: Matthew Shipp on RogueArt Clifford Allen 205 Pages ISBN: # 2953150870 RogueArt 2023 Clifford Allen, a contributor to a number of jazz publications including All About Jazz, is the author of Singularity Codex: Matthew Shipp on RogueArt, Allen's first book. He takes on the iconic improviser's ...


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Tyshawn Sorey Trio: Continuing

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Tyshawn Sorey listeners who were weaned on his Pi Recordings, The Inner Spectrum of Variables (2016), Verisimilitude (2017), and Pillars (2018), were probably unprepared for the swinging trio outing Mesmerism (Pi, 2022). With the multi-instrumentalist Sorey on drums, Aaron Diehl on piano and Matt Brewer on bass, the group delivered one of the best piano trio ...


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East Axis: No Subject

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Pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Kevin Ray, and drummer Gerald Cleaver return for No Subject, the sophomore release from the quartet East Axis. One point on the axis has changed with the journeyman, multi-reedist Scott Robinson replacing saxophonist Allen Lowe. Robinson is a veteran of many prestigious and diverse groups including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Maria ...


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Keith Jarrett: Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

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Keith Jarrett's affinity for the classics is well known. His solo piano and keyboard recordings in the genre include the music of Mozart, Shostakovich, Barber, Gurdjieff, Handel, Bartók, and others. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is Jarrett's sweet spot with eight recordings--mostly two-disc sets--dominating his classical portfolio. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, features the work of ...


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Bo van de Graaf: Shinjuku

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Saxophonist and composer Bo van de Graaf is not well known outside Western Europe despite being one of the most interesting and creative figures in music. His Dutch ensemble, I Compani, has been active for almost thirty years. Van De Graaf composes original scores based on classic films of Fellini, Bertolucci, Greta Garbo, and others. He ...


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Patrick Brennan Sonic Openings: Tilting Curvaceous

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The quintet project Tilting Curvaceous is saxophonist/composer Patrick Brennan's sixth leader/co-leader date since the late 1990s. His duo recording Terraphonia (Creative Sources Recordings, 2019) with guitarist Abdul Moimême demonstrated a strong affinity for free improvisation within unconventional settings and uncommon concepts. Brennan is joined by trumpeter and flugelhorn player Brian Groder. The native New Yorker has ...


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Satoko Fujii: Torrent

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Satoko Fujii's vast catalog encompasses every formation and a creative music approach that pushes the imagination's boundaries. Relative to her output of duo, trio, and orchestral projects, Fujii's solo work had been limited, pre-lockdown, but if there was a silver lining to the pandemic, it was hovering over her “piano room." In that space, she was ...


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Sylvie Courvoisier / Cory Smythe: The Rite of Spring: Spectre d’un songe

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Two daring jazz improvisers take on a cherished hundred-year-old classical ballet masterpiece with radical roots on The Rite of Spring: Spectre d'un songe. Igor Stravinsky was fresh off the success of his 1911 “Petrushka," which radiated with the artistic atmosphere of his Russia, when in 1913 he premiered “The Rite of Spring" at the opening of ...


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