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Brain Salad: Brain Salad

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Hell-bent on establishing a jazz fusion group in Nashville, eager to perform not only its smart original music but also the complex works of such high-profile raconteurs as Hiromi, guitarist Mike Stern and Herbie Hancock, Nashville bassist Ben Griego sent the call out through Music City's flourishing jazz underground in the summer of 2018. Brain Salad ...

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Christian Sands: Be Water

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A small opus which rises from within, “Intro," unassuming title and all, begins Be Water, a true wealth of music which pianist Christian Sands has designed to flow not only like the awe-inspiring, fear-inducing title element, but like mercy, freely and without boundary. And so it does. For next is “Sonar," a romping festival ...

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Santa Diver: Blue Horizon

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With curious exotic energy, fierce Hungarian violinist Luca Kezdy and her Santa Diver trio-mates, bassist David Szesztay and drummer David Szegő, steer around the multiple and multi-faceted components that enrich Blue Horizon. Immediately captivating, each of the six musical journeys the three embark upon proves Blue Horizon an arresting statement of artistic defiance and control which ...

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Anne Mette Iversen: Racing a Butterfly

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Many can surely recall the sunny, childlike fervor and bounce chasing a butterfly. Whether it was the park behind the projects or a rolling, rural vista, a feeling of wonder and wander settled into our core memory, only to be summoned in up from the subconscious to displace the current. Even if but for a moment. ...

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Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel: Resilience

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Stark, abstract inquiries are fashioned, some resolved, some left hanging, in the jarring and resolute music of Swiss-pianist Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel. With an uncanny ability to command the moment, Ammann and his equally inspired mates—Michael Attias on saxophone, bassistNoah Garabedian, trombonist Samuel Blaser and drummerNathan Ellman-Bell—take the moment and throw in a ton of turbulence ...

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Grid: Decomposing Force

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A lot of recognisable names and musical micro climes run through the blood and wires of this aggressive three. Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, pure punk, death metal . . . need more? So, expect a hard, twisted, mad metal assault when you confront Decomposing Force, the second release of riotous pandemonium from ...

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U.S.E. Trio: Impact

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There is an underlying, unsettled tone in the music of Philadelphia bassist Sandy Eldred which can only be likened to earthquakes and their subsequent tremors. Just when you think you are on solid ground the whole landscape shifts, the whole perspective tacks left, bends right, veers down the wrong center lane and u-turns. It is quite ...

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Jetse de Jong: Intercities

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Adept at drawing upon all the Nordic shades of prolonged light, Amsterdam-based pianist {Jetse de Jong, drummer Roope Kantonen, and bassist Robert Rebane tell their travelogues while fully bearing witness to ours, resulting in a debut of articulate beauty and restive motion. The seven well-crafted, diligently thought-out de Jong compositions which make up the ...

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Gordon Grdina: Safar-E-Daroon

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Safar e Daroon germinates from its dark, submerged interiors immediately and immediately brings you into the light. But a light of what? A lover's lamp? A hushed arena? An Australian wildfire? Take your pick and let your mind go. It's all going to happen and does so in spades on oudist Gordon Grdina's second go-round with ...

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The Necks: Three

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With their stubbornly spiky, hold-onto-your-hat mindset firmly rooted, a high fever runs wild on Three, The Necks' twenty-first release in its thirty-three year, unhindered-by-genre career. It starts like most of the trio's existential, kaleidoscopic excursions do: some minimalist point of blurred melodic frenzy is acted upon and the rest becomes an amalgam of theory and system... ...


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