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Michael Attias

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The product of migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, Michael Attias has been active in New York City as leader, sideman, composer, and improvisor since 1994. Concerts in clubs and festivals throughout the US, Europe, the Middle East and Japan have brought him together with such musicians as Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Oliver Lake, Butch Morris and Anthony Coleman. He has released two albums as leader in the last three years, Renku and Credo, for Playscape and Clean Feed respectively. Both were warmly received by critics and featured on several end-of-the-year lists of Top Releases

Album

Microcosms

Label: ears&eyes Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Microcosms (opening); Modular Ascension (for alto saxophone); Serenity Amid Absurdity (for violin and guitar); Splitting Hairs Part I (for drums); Splitting Hairs Part II (for piano and percussion); Splitting Atoms Part I (for ensemble); Splitting Atoms Part II (for bass); Microcosms (closing).

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Article: Album Review

Shawn Lovato: Microcosms

Read "Microcosms" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Bassist Shawn Lovato's debut album, Cycles of Animation (Skirl, 2017), possessed a conceptual sophistication that went far beyond an imaginative slice of creative jazz. The same is evident on Microcosms, an album that involves giving his terrific ensemble the chance to develop minute gestures into larger, more determinate shapes. The constant ebb and flow that results ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Sana Nagano

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Sana Nagano" reviewed by Martin Longley


Right place, right time, your scribe caught Smashing Humans playing a late night set at the original Nublu club in NYC's Alphabet City, 19th April 2019. Intensity ensued, via a serrated prog-jazz extremity, sharply sculpted in its dynamic schizoid turning of sharp bends, its abrasive surface causing exciting distress. Smashing Humans were assembled by the Japanese ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shipp/Parker/Dickey, Florian Arbenz, Matthieu Mazué & Ghasem Batamuntu

Read "Shipp/Parker/Dickey, Florian Arbenz, Matthieu Mazué & Ghasem Batamuntu" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


A mixed bag this time around on One Man's Jazz, highlighted by new releases from the excellent trio of Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums), trios from Switzerland led by pianist Matthieu Mazué and drummer Florian Arbenz, the Belgian trio of guitarist Manu Codjia, bassist Giuseppe Millaci & and drummer Lieven Venken, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Pedro Melo Alves, James Brandon Lewis Quartet & Ohad Talmor Trio

Read "Pedro Melo Alves, James Brandon Lewis Quartet & Ohad Talmor Trio" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Here's another of those almost-all-music editions of One Man's Jazz, with just an intro at the top of each hour. The music includes samplings from new releases by Portuguese drummer/percussionist Pedro Melo Alves & his Ominiae Large Ensemble, bassists Juan Bayon from Buenos Aires and Tomo Jacobson from Copenhagen, and several saxophonists: James Brandon Lewis Nick ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bass Players Take The Lead

Read "Bass Players Take The Lead" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we feature music from albums led by bassists André Carvalho, Levi Dover, and Sean Conly. Also, new music from Michael Attias working with three young Argentinian musicians and English group C-ongFusion. There's also some classic early '70s British Jazz from jazz super-group Splinters.Playlist André Carvalho “Luftmensch" from Lost in Translation ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Borderlands Trio, Amir ElSaffar & Michael Attias

Read "Borderlands Trio, Amir ElSaffar & Michael Attias" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is packed with music from several new releases. Stephan Crump's Borderlands Trio leads things off with a track from Wandersphere's set of riveting extended songs. Then come tunes from William Parker, a pair of bands from Poland—Kwasny Desczc and saxophonist Michal Bak's Quartetto, Canadian bassist Nick Adema, Chilean saxophonist now living in France—Diego Manuschevich, ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...

Album

Resilience

Label: Skirl Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Yayoi; Untangled; Castello di Traliccia; Resilience; King Korn Revisited; Aylan Kurdi; The Traveller; Afterthought; Pedestrian Space.


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