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Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light

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Parisian pianist & composer Benoît Delbecq has not recorded a solo album in more than a decade. His collaborations are with impressive company including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Lotte Anker, Mark Turner, Steve Argüelles, Gerald Cleaver, Marc Ducret, Gerry Hemingway, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Kris Davis. It is Davis' Pyroclastic Records that Delbecq calls ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara

Read "A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The drum is an instrument of power and presence. It is the heartbeat of music but with uncertain origins. In Africa, China, and Turkey, archeologists have found evidence to suggest that any of those regions may have been the forebearers of the beat, of the definitive expression of freedom. Data concludes that instrumental music is at ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Shipp / Evan Parker: Leonine Aspects

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Matthew Shipp's duo recordings with saxophonists such as Ivo Perelman and Rob Brown have always been intriguing but his projects with Evan Parker are fascinating in their complexity and openness. The two master improvisers have teamed up twice before, beginning with Abbey Road Duos (Treader, 2007) and recorded several more albums together with the Spring Heel ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yuichiro Tokuda: God dwells in everything

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Saxophonist Yuichiro Tokuda has been a fixture on the Tokyo jazz scene for more than a decade. However, he is unknown in the U.S.A. With his quintet, called RALYZZDIG, he has toured throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America. Tokuda has been a finalist or winner of several global jazz competitions, and was the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dana Jessen: Winter Chapel

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Dana Jessen is the founder of Splinter Reeds, a reed quintet, and she has performed with Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra. In 2017, the bassoonist/composer gave us the enterprising solo project Carve (Innova Recordings). Her mastery of the difficult double-reed instrument played out in experimental interpretations of works by modern composers. Winter Chapel is Jessen's equally adventurous ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pedro Melo Alves: In Igma

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Jazz has had a presence in Portugal since the mid-1920s but had found itself in decline from the 1970s. The revolutionary jazz scene in Portugal, circa the 2010s, has produced a profusion of rising stars. Violist Ernesto Rodrigues, trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, Orquestra Jazz De Matosinhos, and the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble are among those who ...

Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists

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On January 24, 1975, a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano was to be wheeled onto the stage of the Cologne Opera House. Instead, a rehearsal piano, smaller, beaten-up, and out of tune, was the only instrument available to then twenty-nine-year-old piano prodigy Keith Jarrett. The pianist was not in much better shape than the piano. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ricardo Pinheiro with Theo Bleckmann and Mônica Salmaso: Caruma

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Ricardo Pinheiro is a Portuguese guitarist, composer and educator. He has a dozen previous recordings to his credit and leader or co-leader status on the majority of those projects. His music has covered ambient, electronic, bop, jazz standards, and jazz/poetry hybrids. Pinheiro, a Berklee alumnus, has recorded and played with Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine, Chris Cheek, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

PLS.trio: Cosmonauts

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Five years passed between the debut release from PLS.trio and this follow-up. East River (Echo Chamber) was one of the best albums of 2015 and elevated the piano trio format in a way that had not been heard since the Esbjorn Svensson Trio first made their mark. The COVID-19 virus kept PLS.trio off the stage, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eli Wallace/Beth McDonald: Solo/Duo

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Pianist & free improviser Eli Wallace and tuba player Beth McDonald team up for Solo/Duo, an ineffable project which eludes characterization. Wallace works across multiple genres, with an experimental spirit. He moved east from Oakland, CA in 2015, earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston. Now a Brooklyn resident, he has ...


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