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Jazz drummers, in general, are philosophers when contrasted with the dumb jock model often attributed to boomer era fossil rock. Mr. Gray is a thinking drummer with an expansive kindliness about him that shifts to striking capacities of concentration when he engages his kit. One commonality I find with this run of drummers is their embrace of flow. Outside now a fat offshore slop front is busy soaking Boston and all the sounds of rain, downpour, focused splashing below the bad roof gutter, car tires mildly hydroplaning on Hampshire street and a syncopation of drippings adds up to some counterpart of flow drumming. Luther also has water cascades, whitewater rapids and quiet frog splashes in vernal pools worked into the repertoire. Faucet splashes from urban sinks, a slow dripping leak and a morning shower are in there too as well as the various rounds of waves at oceanic edges...flow. 1.What brought you to music? "When I was a kid my folks had a big furniture cabinet with the record player inside and the speakers built into the corners and a horrible record collection

Cutout

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1 Hyphen | Pandelis Karayorgis (6:34) 2 Cutout | Nate McBride (10:46) 3 Chainsaw Pedicure | Jorrit Dijkstra Tenet | Jeb Bishop (12:13) 4 Shadow | Pandelis Karayorgis Bird Call | Jeb Bishop Chickadee | Nate McBride (15:18) 5 Sand Pile | Pandelis Karayorgis (10:11) 6 Neumes | Pandelis Karayorgis Jowls | Luther Gray (13:36)

CliffPools

Label: Driff Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Weft; Blue Shadow; Plateau; Scale The Firmament; Cocoon; Undertow; Warp; Formed Shed; Catapult; Self- Headed.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dijkstra, Bishop, Karayorgis, McBride & Gray: Cut Out

Read "Cut Out" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Sei tracce per dieci temi complessivi, quattro di Pandelis Karayorgis, greco, due di Nate McBride, americano di Chicago, e Jeb Bishop, lui di Raleigh, North Carolina, e uno a testa di Jorrit Dijkstra, olandese, e Luther Gray, di New Orleans, compongono questo bell'album, ricco, solido, a tratti persino rutilante, in cui i due fiati si danno ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New albums from Webber Morris Big Band, Alex Massa, Wayne Wallace, and Vanderlei Pereira

Read "New albums from Webber Morris Big Band, Alex Massa, Wayne Wallace, and Vanderlei Pereira" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show four great albums and some other fantastic music in-between: Wayne Wallace delivers dazzling new compositions and classic jazz standards, using the expanded sonic palette of an orchestra to highlight the strengths of his core conjunto. Underneath it all is an effortlessly instructive survey of Latin rhythms, from the familiar to the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pandelis Karayorgis Double Trio: CliffPools

Read "CliffPools" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Visit any dog park and you'll notice canines need no instruction on how to play together. Chasing the ball, chasing each other, or investigating a pond is quite instinctive for our furry friends. Apologies for equating the master musicians heard on CliffPools with a pack of dogs, but a ferocious struggle for dominance this is not. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More

Read "New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

New releases from Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi, and, Mats Eilertsen, plus a mop-up of some of last year's releases that I have not featured as yet. Playlist Behn Gillece “Break the Ice" from Parallel Universe (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Giovanni Guidi “Avec Les Temps" from Avec Les Temps (ECM) 06:24 Mats Eilertsen Trio “Perpetum" from And ...

Lawnmower II

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Good Beat; Jumping Off The Bridge; Space Goat; Cartoon; Walk In The Park; Tiny Wings; Ashed.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lawnmower: Lawnmower II

Read "Lawnmower II" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Lawnmower è un'idea musicale del batterista Luther Gray (Anthony Braxton, Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee per citare alcune sue frequentazioni) che nel 2010 si concretizzò sulla label portoghese Clean Feed in un'inedita formazione completata da due chitarre elettriche e da un sassofono. Quattro anni dopo il leader si ripresenta con il fido Jim Hobbs ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Lawnmower: Lawnmower II

Read "Lawnmower II" reviewed by Troy Collins

Drummer Luther Gray described in the liner notes to West, Lawnmower's 2010 Clean Feed debut, that the record was an attempt to reconcile the various genres he'd worked in throughout his career--an all-inclusive approach that could be traced back to the stylistically diverse music he listened to on a Walkman while mowing lawns in his youth. ...


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