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Mat Maneri

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Mat Maneri, born on October 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York is an American composer, improviser and jazz violin and viola player, specifically derivatives such as the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. He is the son of the saxophonist Joe Maneri. Maneri has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood, as well as with his own trio, quartet, and quintet. He has also played on various band releases: Club d'Elf, Decoupage, Brewed by Noon, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Buffalo Collision

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Zero Grasses: Ritual for The Losses

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. Living's a Gift | Part 1: Springtime; Living's a Gift | Part 2: Everything for Granted; Living's a Gift | Part 3: My Unsolved Regrets; Living's a Gift | Part 4: Joyful; Lament for Breonna Taylor; The Human Color; A Cure for the Heart's Longing; Body of Tears; When I Have Power; Finally She Emerges; Display Under the Moon; Father Slipped Into Eternal Dream; With Eyes Closed You See All; Life As You Envision.

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Article: Album Review

Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue: Zero Grasses: Ritual for The Losses

Read "Zero Grasses: Ritual for The Losses" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Calling vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu brilliant, and her style unique, underestimates both her ingenuity as a composer and the distinctiveness of her oeuvre. Shyu has forged her own path in creative music with an intrepid spirit and restless innovation. Her eighth release as a leader is the intensely personal Zero Grasses: Ritual For The Losses. ...

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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 ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Lucian Ban, live dalla natia Transilvania

Read "Lucian Ban, live dalla natia Transilvania" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Musicista prolifico, come leader o sideman, il pianista di origini rumene Lucian Ban presenta per la Sunnyside due lavori, entrambi ricchi di suggestione e registrati in concerto nell'identico luogo--la Baroque Hall di Timisoara, in quella Transilvania di cui l'artista è originario--e tuttavia estremamente diversi tra loro. Abraham Burton, Lucian Ban Blacksalt

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Article: Album Review

Matthew Shipp: The Piano Equation

Read "The Piano Equation" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


È difficile non riconoscere fin dalle prime battute lo stile pianistico di Matthew Shipp: l'articolazione del tocco che combina geometrie complesse, dure, spigolose, e volate leggere, quasi noncuranti su alcuni passaggi; l'indugiare sulle sonorità scure di certi accordi e cluster; il soffermarsi su motivi ostinati, liberandosi di essi attraverso virate repentine di atmosfera; i contrasti dinamici. ...

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Article: Album Review

Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Compass Confusion, the long hoped for return of Craig Taborn's depth defying, solo-gone-quintet from Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear, 2004), climaxes early and often and, however you like to be lured, It pulls you along with a lush velvet hook in your mouth. Reeling it in is a struggle but a blessing. We know that. We get ...

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Article: Album Review

Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by John Sharpe


Although a peerless pianist, Craig Taborn has been captivated by electronics since the age of 12, and he scratches that itch big-time on Compass Confusion. The role of post-production treatments in the creation of jazz records has a long history, from Orrin Keepnews piecing together the issued version of Thelonious Monk's 1956 classic “Brilliant Corners" from ...

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Perelman Trio: Garden Of Jewels

Read "Garden Of Jewels" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The subtitle of the Ivo Perelman Trio's Garden Of Jewels should be The Pandemic Session. Recorded on June 17, 2020 in the midst of a pandemic when clubs and restaurants were shuttered and “six feet apart" was the clarion call of the moment, the music is a chronicle of the times. At least, that is the ...

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Dream and Guess

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:37


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