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Guitar Forms 2024

Read "Guitar Forms 2024" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


These are a few recent releases where guitars have a featured role. Jeanfrancois Prins Blue Note Mode GAM Records 2024 Guitarist Jeanfrancois Prins is from jny: Belgium but his music comes straight out of the American jazz tradition. He recorded this album at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder ...

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Tony Monaco Trio and Mark Egan-Shawn Pelton-Shane Theriot: Three Is Not A Crowd

Read "Tony Monaco Trio and Mark Egan-Shawn Pelton-Shane Theriot: Three Is Not A Crowd" reviewed by Doug Collette


Say what we might about quartets, quintets, sextets and beyond, it might be fair to say the trio is the most potent instrumental lineup of them all. Three-piece ensembles hold a special place in the annals of improvisational music (and not just in the jazz milieu: the term 'power trio' was coined in the rock realm ...

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Inspired by Water

Read "Inspired by Water" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Here we have a timeless theme that has been providing inspiration for artists as long as people have made art. It's easy to see why water is a perennial subject, and for something so endlessly changeable, it's no surprise that these works could hardly be more different. Fergus McCreadie Trio Stream Edition ...

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Noah Haidu and Dave Bass: Mirror Images

Read "Noah Haidu and Dave Bass: Mirror Images" reviewed by Doug Collette


Noah Haidu and Dave Bass may be too much the traditionalists to become true innovators, but such observations hardly dismiss their efforts as exceptional stylists. Both men's recent releases certify them as musicians who can reliably remind us where the most fruitful sources of inspiration lie in terms of both material and musicianship. Bass' Trio Nuevo ...

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Alessandro Bosetti's Music of Language

Read "Alessandro Bosetti's Music of Language" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The Milan-born, Marsailles resident Alessandro Bosetti may have started as a saxophonist and member of the influential free improvisation group Phosphor, but he has morphed into a composer and sound artist. Working solo, or with Kenta Nagai and Tony Buck in Trophies, he concentrated on the musicality of language and individual voices. His investigations drill down ...

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Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues

Read "Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett and Azimuth light up ECM Luminessence reissues" reviewed by Chris May


The spring 2024 iteration of ECM's audiophile vinyl reissue series, Luminessence, presents another trio of landmark albums: Jan Garbarek Quartet's Afric Pepperbird, from 1971, Keith Jarrett and Garbarek's Luminessence, from 1975, and Azimuth's Azimuth, from 1977. The combined scope of the music on the three discs (which come with new liner notes) is prairie wide, and ...

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OJC Bop and Beyond: The Cats and Yusef Lateef

Read "OJC Bop and Beyond: The Cats and Yusef Lateef" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


As Craft Recordings continue to mine their vast collection of recordings, their new take on the decades old Original Jazz Classics imprimatur continues to offer up inspired selections worthy of wider recognition. What also sets these reissues apart is superb quality control, with remastering done by Kevin Gray and pristine pressings that in many cases offer ...

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Ivo Perelman's Two Stimulating Albums from January of 2024: Interaction and Truth Seeker

Read "Ivo Perelman's Two Stimulating Albums from January of 2024: Interaction and Truth Seeker" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Innovative Brazilian saxophonist and master improviser Ivo Perelman is as prolific as he is imaginative. With close to 100 recordings under his belt Perelman is always pushing the proverbial envelope looking for fresh ways to express himself. Having lived in various cities around the world--and currently splitting his time between Fortaleza Brazil and New York City--Perelman ...

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American Composers On Another Timbre

Read "American Composers On Another Timbre" reviewed by John Eyles


When the batch of four Another Timbre releases came out in February 2024, one aspect was particularly noticeable; of the four, two albums featured composers who were born in the U.S.A. and still reside there, Nomi Epstein and Paul Paccione. Although the label honored deceased American composers John Cage and Morton Feldman with highly-praised box sets, ...

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OJC's Big Guns: Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, and Ron Carter

Read "OJC's Big Guns: Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, and Ron Carter" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Although they were somewhat late to the vinyl renaissance game, Craft Records has made up for lost time by tapping a wide range of music. From the Latin strains of Fania Records to the so-called acid jazz that B3 organ masters churned out for Prestige Records in the late '60s, Craft boasts a huge vault that ...


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