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Drummer Kenny Wolleson performed on over 30 recordings during the 1990s and, as the decade progressed, gained increasing renown as a musician of astonishing versatility, skill, and ingenuity. He has recorded and toured with all kinds of musicians, from Tom Waits (Wolleson performs on Waits' 1993 collaboration with William S. Burroughs, Black Rider), to Sean Lennon, to Ron Sexsmith (Wolleson performs on his second album, Other Songs). A founding member of the New Klezmer Trio, Wollesen is also all over N.Y.C.'s downtown jazz and avant-garde musicians' recordings, and has been so active as to tour with Bill Frisell and Myra Melford in the same month

Another Way Home

Label: Roots2Boot
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lonely Hearts; Another Way Home; Crystal ball; Good Times; Time To Look Around; Freedom Waltz; Chug Chug

Supersense

Label: Northern Spy
Released: 2020
Track listing: Underbelly; Supersense; Canopy; Glass; Metal Mouth; Bunker; Matter is Water; Sleeping in the Sky: The Gentlest Insect.

Free Hoops

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Free Hoops; Lulu Dance; Just Twisted; Requiem d’un songe; As We Are; Birdies of Paradise; Galore; Nicotine Sarcoline; Highway 1.

Hiding Place

Label: Mini Movie Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Hiding Place; Junk; Tea in the Sahara; The Best of My Love; Two of Us; Harvest; 3420.

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Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Troy Dostert

2020 will be remembered as a year of resilience. And surely a part of that story will be the fortitude displayed by musicians of all stripes, who have endeavored creatively to manage the challenges of a hollowed-out economy and a global pandemic with innovative business platforms and novel approaches to recording and content delivery. The jazz ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More

Read "Ben Goldberg, Jason Robinson, Orchestre National De Jazz and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is a little “reed" heavy with debuts of new recordings by Jason Robinson and his quartet, Ben Goldberg and Kenny Wollesen's Music for an Avant-Garde Massage Parlor, Portugal's José Lencastre, Rachel Musson from England, and I.P.A. from Scandinavia, plus several other saxophonically inclined folks. The Orchestre National De Jazz from France tackles the music ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: Free Hoops

Read "Free Hoops" reviewed by Troy Dostert

With her idiosyncratic mixture of mystery and mirth, and a seamless conjoining of jazz and classical musical vocabularies, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier has carved an enviable niche for herself. She not only possesses impeccable technique, but her voice as a composer is just as formidable, whether in partnerships with fellow mavericks like Mary Halvorson, Evan Parker, or ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Frisell: Valentine

Read "Valentine" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Pur confermando in pieno l'identità stilistica del chitarrista, il nuovo disco di Bill Frisell si rivela sottilmente imprevedibile: spiazza forse un po' l'ascoltatore ma lo coinvolge intensamente nella mente e nel cuore. Pubblicato il 14 agosto dalla Blue Note, Valentine è la prima incisione ufficiale del trio con Thomas Morgan e Rudy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Frisell: Valentine

Read "Valentine" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In an extraordinarily varied career Bill Frisell has made just a handful of trio recordings as leader, which is perhaps surprising given how frequently he performs in such a setting. In recent years the Baltimore-born, Denver-raised guitarist has toured two of his most empathetic trios, that with Kenny Wollesen and Tony Scherr and, latterly, with Rudy ...


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