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Apparently, an unsignificant formula. Usual orchestration. But then, surprise, as early as the first few bars, a freshness of inspiration which one believed to be condemned. To say simply, it's been a long time since a "jazz quartet" had sounded in a such an unorthodox way. Play-along with structure, tireless exploration of all possible combinations, independence of lines, poly-speeds, mobile architecture of the compositions... A shape of music in continuous metamorphosis as it pivots around the four players, and results in many simultaneous and complementary points of view on the same reality

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Angel Bat Dawid, Barry Altschul & Kevin Sun

Read "Angel Bat Dawid, Barry Altschul & Kevin Sun" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Lots of new things sampled in this episode with Chicago culture maker Angel Bat Dawid's Hush Harbor Mixtape: Doxology highlighting the bunch. She does everything on this one which is another chapter in her mission to, as she puts it, “sonically eradicate the white supremacy system." A best-of for 2021 I think. Enterprising young saxophonist Kevin ...

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Mahakala Music, Baptiste Boiron Trio & Shapeshifters

Read "Mahakala Music, Baptiste Boiron Trio & Shapeshifters" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A look at some of the releases (including Dopolarians) from the independent record label, Mahakala, based in Hot Springs, AK is a central part of this episode. There are new releases by French saxophonist Baptiste Boiron, Swedish baritone saxophonist Alberto Pinton, the Abraham Burton-Lucian Ban duo, Toronto trio TuneTown, England's Shapeshifters, Kartet from France, and the ...

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Grand Laps

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2014

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Kartet: Grand Laps

Read "Grand Laps" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Kartet celebrates its 25th anniversary and with the latest rendition, Belgian drummer Stephane Galland replaces Chander Sardjoe and alto saxophonist Guillaume Orti adds the C-Melody and F mezzo-soprano saxophones to his arsenal. Indeed, it's a unique entity. With the ambiance of chamber music fare and uncluttered designs, the musicians generate a rhythmic nirvana via geometrically modeled ...

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The Bay Window

Label: Songlines Recordings
Released: 2007
Track listing: Misterioso; Y; 21 Emanations (1.1); Kalle Gilli; Chrysalide / Imago; D

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Kartet: The Bay Window

Read "The Bay Window" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Monk, Lacy, Ligeti, nuove forme chicagoane ed intelligentissimi incroci fra jazz e avant-garde. Questo il menu proposto dai Kartet, quartetto atipico (questa la sostanziale traduzione del nome) nato a Parigi attorno agli inizi degli anni ’90, molto ben visto e supportato dai tipi di “The Wire”, come già detto, tra le più sagge riviste dedicate alla ...

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Kartet: The Bay Window

Read "The Bay Window" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Hubert Dupont calls Kartet a “demanding yet exhilarating collective research. The group honed these skills during a year-long residency in Marseilles just after the group was formed. The drummer at the time was Benjamin Henocq, but Chander Sardjoe, who joined them in 1996, fits in just right. The music is composed, but the freedom with which ...


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