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MACHINE MASS feat. DAVE LIEBMAN pairs the legendary saxophonist (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones...) with longtime collaborator drummer Tony Bianco (Elton Dean, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, douBt) and guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object, douBt, Comicoperando). Graced by Dave Liebman's extraordinary phrasing and improvising skills, "INTI" combines free improvisation with tight rhythmic structures, post-Bitches Brew time signatures with ambient episodes, spreading across different musical and spiritual realities, both playfully and intensely. The band ventures into the fiery electro-jazz territories explored by Bianco and Delville's recent Machine Mass Trio, which also showcased both musicians' capacity to listen closely and improvise over unpredictable chord, rhythm and time changes while handling live electronics and computer loops. Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs (in just one afternoon, no less!), this monumental session bears witness to three seasoned musicians in top form - producing music that is fresh, challenging, profound and moving

ARTICLE: RADIO

Clarinet Tales with Arun Ghosh

Read "Clarinet Tales with Arun Ghosh" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with clarinetist Arun Ghosh from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We talk about everything, from music in general to his composing and the recorder. We also discuss his latest album But Where Are You Really From. Plus lots of new music from artists like D.F.A. through to Beledo. Playlist ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

Read "Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit. Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

Plays Hendrix

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Third Stone From the Sun; Purple Haze; Little Wing; Spanish Castle Magic; Fire; Voodoo Chile; Burning of the Midnight Lamp; You Got Me Floatin'; The Wind Cries Mary.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No genre breakdown this year. I've included every release that I rated at 4.5 stars or better, plus a number of 4 star reviews (that was the hard part, as there were lots of those). ECM had an exceptionally strong year, and I had trouble limiting my selection even this much. This is a chronological list, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Machine Mass: Plays Hendrix

Read "Plays Hendrix" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Belgian trio Machine Mass returns with a creative take on the music of a rock icon: guitarist/composer Jimi Hendrix. Founding members guitarist Michel Delville and American drummer Tony Bianco are joined this time by keyboardist Antoine Guenet, who proves to be a perfect partner. The duo was filled out by reed player Jordi Grognard on their ...

Inti

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Inti; Centipede; Lloyd; In A Silent Way; A Sight; Utoma; The Secret Place; Elisabeth; Voice.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman: Inti

Read "Inti" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Machine Mass nasce nel 2010 come duo tra Tony Bianco e Michel Delville, in un momento esistenzialmente drammatico per il batterista, colpito dalla perdita della moglie. Dopo una messa a punto in Europa e una serie di concerti negli States, i due decidono di dare una svolta al gruppo ospitando in questo CD Dave Liebman, che ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Machine Mass feat. Dave Liebman: Inti

Read "Inti" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Renowned saxophonist Dave Liebman's legacy as a musician who radiates illimitable vigor and a broad artistic expanse, hearkens back to his stint with Miles Davis and seemingly countless collaborations with a who's who in jazz amid an extensive resume as a leader. On this supercharged jazz-fusion gala he is the featured artist with spiraling young star, ...


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