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Ken Filiano


Ken Filiano performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken's solo bass CD, “subvenire” (NineWinds), received widespread critical praise. For this and numerous other recordings, Ken has been called a "creative virtuoso," a "master of technique" . . . "a paradigm of that type of artist. . . who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind." Ken composes for his quartet with Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, and Michael T.A



Label: Moonflower Music
Released: 2024
Track listing: Light Out of Darknes; Dog Day Afternoon; Sobe e Desce; Still Life; The Music is the Magic; The Nature of Life; Been to Canaan; Nevermore; Eventide; I Burn For You; Cisluna; The Winter of Our Content.


Article: Album Review

Pearring Sound: My Multiverse

Read "My Multiverse" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jeff Pearring has a diverse cross-genre musical background, influencing his development in understated but effective ways. The alto saxophonist/composer, a Colorado native, is based in Brooklyn and had been mentored by the late jazz improviser and pianist Connie Crothers, sharing her tenaciously unconventional approach. Pearring led a group that included Crothers, on her final studio recording, ...


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Light Out of Darkness

Label: Moonflower Music
Released: 2024
Duration: 5:18


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Discovered Early Jazz Fusion From Pat Smythe Plus Other New Releases

Read "Discovered Early Jazz Fusion From Pat Smythe Plus Other New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we focus on a previously unreleased album from Pat Smythe recorded in France in 1973. In addition we have recent and forthcoming releases from Ernesto Cervini, The Messthetics And James Brandon Lewis, Pat Bianchi, Yosef Gutman Levitt, Smelloship, Albare, George Cartwright, Echoes of Zoo, Chad Fowler, Muriel Grossman, Roby Glod Christian Ramond & ...


Article: Album Review

Bob Gluck: And every fleck of russet

Read "And every fleck of russet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Julliard-trained Bob Gluck is an accomplished composer, religious leader, and academician. He is the author of two books published by the University of Chicago Press, You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band (2012) and The Miles Davis 'Lost' Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles (2016). Gluck has also written an e-book, The ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator

Read "Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator" reviewed by Doug Hall

Veteran drummer/composer Phillip Haynes is featured on more than 85 releases from numerous American and European record labels. His collaborations include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin and Dave Liebman; trumpeters Thomas Heberer, Herb Robertson and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David ...


Article: Album Review

Patrick Brennan Sonic Openings: Tilting Curvaceous

Read "Tilting Curvaceous" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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 ...


Article: Album Review

Damon Smith, Peter Kowald, Joëlle Léandre & Bertram Turetzky: Bass Duos 2000​-​2007

Read "Bass Duos 2000​-​2007" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

One function of recordings is to document a performer's development. Damon Smith's Bass Duos 2000-2007 not only captures his artistic and technical evolution, his choice of duet partners represents the expanded options for the bass in creative music since the 1960s. Two of the three discs in this set were previously released, but ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Ron Miles: The Best Of The Denver Jazz Doyen

Read "Ron Miles: The Best Of The Denver Jazz Doyen" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Ron Miles left the planet all too soon, but the Denver cornetist and trumpeter has left a lasting mark, both in terms of the music he made and in the people whose lives he touched. This list, a guide to ten of Miles' most significant recordings as both leader and as a sideman, reflects his playing ...


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