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The renegade Swiss ensemble LE REX reinvents brass groove music with the improvisation-laced ESCAPE OF THE FIRE ANTS, beautiful and fiercely creative music for strange times. Escape of the Fire Ants announces the arrival of LE REX as an international force: street smart & road-tested, ferociously grooving & lyrically charged, a new millennium jazz brass band infused with indie rock energy & attitude. Harry Lime, the charming but dastardly anti-hero in the classic 1949 film noir The Third Man, famously dissed Switzerland saying „they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.“ The renegade Swiss quintet Le Rex isn’t making up for lost time, but there’s an urgency and creative ferocity to their music that would make Lime reconsider his unfair denigration

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Le Rex: Escape of the Fire Ants

Read "Escape of the Fire Ants" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This young charismatic Swiss ensemble surges forward by melding modern sounds with New Orleans-based traditional jazz and hip groove-building pulses and perpetual motion, executed with manifold time signatures and soaring unison choruses. On its fourth album and second for Cuneiform Records, the musicians' sense of purpose transfers into your listening space as you can detect lots ...

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Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More

Read "Andrew Collier, Jon Crompton, Zwitschermaschine & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Portuguese drummer Joao Lencastre's tune Departure seemed like the right track to end a show, but perhaps I saved the best for last as well. His new recording Parallel Realities is a gem. Lencastre says he likes to hear dramatic contrasts in music, so that was his focus and the tool was using smaller groups within ...

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Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann

Read "Art Ensemble of Chicago, William Tatge & Hans Ludemann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode evokes special memories of my first exposure to the Art Ensemble of Chicago many years ago. I was left in awe at the spectacle, let alone the originality and power of the music. We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, the new release from Pi Recordings brings that concert and much more ...

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Mark Dresser Seven, Georg Ruby Trio & Matthias Spillmann

Read "Mark Dresser Seven, Georg Ruby Trio & Matthias Spillmann" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A desire to play together more often led jny: Chicago horn men Jason Stein and Greg Ward to ask bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jim Black to join them in making some music. Great idea, and great results. Nature Work, their new album on Sunnyside, is a winner. So is Ain't Nothing But A Cyber Coup ...

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Mick Rossi, Le Rex, & Emile Parisien

Read "Mick Rossi, Le Rex, & Emile Parisien" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Creativity must be recognized, particularly the kind endures. The AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) continues this day, just as it did over 50 years ago, inspiring, pushing forward, and setting the standard for creative music. Only the players change. The premier performing group of the AACM today is the AACM Great Black Music ...

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Brad Mehldau, Sarah Tandy, Billy Mohler & More

Read "Brad Mehldau, Sarah Tandy, Billy Mohler & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A catching-up session with gorgeous new and upcoming releases, featuring tons of fascinating debut albums that reassure us about the future of jazz (special mention for Billy Mohler's Focus, Sarah Tandy's Infection in the Sentence, Terraza Big Band's One Day Wonder and the Heartland Trio's eponymous album) hand in hand with new works by established masters ...

Wild Man

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Mole’s Dream of the Prairie; Home Alone; Dwarf; Mr Richard Kiel; Le Clic; Hymn to the Cold; Wild Man; Riff Raff; Sugar Maple; Anchor; Don't Lean on the Case!; A Walk on South Michigan; Be in Shape!.

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Le Rex: Wild Man

Read "Wild Man" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The band moniker Le Rex is culled from an abandoned theater, discovered on the island of Corsica, but there's nothing bleak or dusky about this quintet's musicality. After a successful tour of the US, they parked in Chicago to record this album, which is the musicians' third effort and first for Cuneiform Records. Essentially, these young ...


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