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Mark Feldman

After three albums with John Abercrombie--"Open Land", "Cat 'n' Mouse", and "Class Trip"--and the trio recording "Abaton" with Sylvie Courvoisier and Erik Friedlander, this is the first ECM leader date for violinist Mark Feldman. Feldman is established now as one of jazz's finest string players, but "What Exit" frequently leaves 'jazz' behind, as his pieces--there are eight originals here - establish climates more frequently associated with contemporary composition. At the same time, interaction is paramount in this music and solo skills as crucial as ensemble awareness. Five years ago in an interview with the Boston Globe's Bob Blumenthal, Feldman spoke of his goal as "integration, without it being a frivolous 'crossover' thing--the real organic integration of classical and modern jazz." "What Exit" takes large steps toward the realisation of this ambition, which is itself the logical outcome of Feldman's idiosyncratic journey through the genres over the last thirty years. He is joined on "What Exit", recorded at New York's Avatar Studio last year, by a special group of players assembled for the project--England's John Taylor on piano, the Swedish bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Tom Rainey, California-born but, like Feldman himself, long established as a central figure in New York's improvising circles

Album

Sounding Point

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: As We Are; Sounding Point; Peace Warriors; Unbound; Viciously, Rebound; Maniac; New Normal.

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Extrospection

Label: Timescraper Records
Released: 1998
Track listing: Extrospection; Father Demo Square; Rude Ducks; The Verge; Old Bones; Dr. Duck; Mahagonny, Act I, No. 6; A-Piece; The Pond; Uh!

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Article: Interview

Jim Snidero: Flying in the Face of Adversity

Read "Jim Snidero: Flying in the Face of Adversity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Jim Snidero, a master of the alto saxophone, can look back on a strong career and more of the same in the future. But he admits events of 2021 have brought him immeasurable satisfaction. It's because of the recorded music he put out this year on the Salvant label--one a fresh live release and ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Feldman: Sounding Point

Read "Sounding Point" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Beata solitudine! C'è chi ci si crogiola dentro, come a rimirarsi in un eterno specchio, chi ci si perde (che è spesso un po' la stessa cosa), chi si mette alla prova più che in qualunque altra situazione o contesto. È fortunatamente questa la dimensione scelta da Mark Feldman in questo bellissimo album, inciso a Brooklyn ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Maria Grand, Michel Portal, Anthony Joseph, J&F Band & Other New Releases

Read "Maria Grand, Michel Portal, Anthony Joseph, J&F Band & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A playlist replete with music that hits you hard and deep regardless of the volume at which it was recorded—ranging from a compelling album marking the 85th birthday of Michel Portal to the new concept album by Maria Grand [pictured], and a whole bunch of genre-defying projects to keep your spirits high! Happy listening! ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, and of course, that included musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many artists prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck). Most of the music is very personal, as if the artists are asking ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Pedernal

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Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:47


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