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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



Label: Calligram Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Skips; The Slow Reveal; Long Branch; REM Unit; Agnomen; Veiled Invitation; TRM; Dog Gone It; Coda.


Article: Album Review

Russ Johnson Quartet: Reveal

Read "Reveal" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While he has appeared on seemingly countless releases as a sideman, trumpeter Russ Johnson remains chronically under-recorded as a leader. It thus comes as a cause for rejoicing whenever one sees his name at the top of a release. Thankfully, Calligram Records has helped redress that problem with Reveal, Johnson's latest offering featuring a quartet with ...


Article: Liner Notes

Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was

Read "Peter Erskine Trio: As It Was" reviewed by John Kelman

The box set you hold in your hands features three players who came together in an exceptional group to play some of the most compelling and exploratory piano trio music of the 20th Century's final decade. This threesome, led by Peter Erskine, released four albums recorded between July 1991 and July 1997: 1993's You Never Know, ...


Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman: Reed Rapture in Brooklyn

Read "Reed Rapture in Brooklyn" reviewed by Mark Corroto

"Let's play two," the famous line by the Cubs Hall-of-Fame baseball player Ernie Banks in 1969, uttered when the temperature in Chicago had reached 105 degrees (40.5 celsius) and his teammates were exhausted, might find its analogy with this massive undertaking from saxophonist Ivo Perelman. At eleven hours in length though, the two games Banks cited ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Resetting the Standard - Part 1

Read "Resetting the Standard - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In the wake of the recent publication of New Standards, the collection of 101 compositions by women composers curated by Terri Lyne Carrington for Berklee Press, this week we feature some of the compositions featured in the new book, and a few more that we hope may appear in a future expanded edition.Happy listening!



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!


Sounding Point

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


Jazz Takes on Joni Mitchell

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Solid Love; Song for Sharon; Edith and the Kingpin; Coyote; Blue Motel Room; The Blonde in the Bleachers and the Vamp from Hell; The Fiddle and the Drum; Solid Love (alternate version); Shadows and Light.


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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