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Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Troy Dostert


2018 was a terrific year for imaginative, well-executed recordings that cover the spectrum of instrumental configurations in creative jazz and freely improvised music. From Susana Santos Silva's mesmerizing solo trumpet to Ingrid Laubrock's formidable orchestra (and everything in between), the following choices are a cross-section of some of the best the year had to offer. Something ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Boldly innovative pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and her trio, on the brilliant and emotive D'Agala, interpret nine intimate and impressionistic musical tributes. Each original composition is intricately constructed around motifs inspired by the individual dedicatee and has plenty of room within it for spontaneous expression. For insitance, “Bourgeois's Spider (for Louise Bourgeois)" invokes the famous ...

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Article: Album Review

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D'Agala

Read "D'Agala" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Swiss-born pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has spent close to twenty years in the states honing her distinctive approach to classically-inflected jazz improvisation. Along the way she's worked with a who's-who of leading-edge musicians, including veterans like John Zorn, Evan Parker and Ellery Eskelin, but also the younger generation of avant-gardists such as Mary Halvorson and Nate Wooley. ...


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