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Paul Bedal


Chicago-based pianist and composer Paul Bedal has developed a recognizable sound both as a band leader and a sideman. Earning his Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz Performance at the University of Miami and his MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College, Paul stays active writing for his own projects, as well as contributing his pianistic efforts to various ensembles in the Midwest. Paul is an "Ears and Eyes" and "CAM JAZZ” recording artist, with his debut record “Chatter” being released in 2014. NYC Jazz Record music critic Ken Micallef writes, “Chatter is also a study in fascinating repetition: melodic and rhythm motifs are introduced and subtly altered as the soloists pursue counterpoint



Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bridges; The Brink of What; Another Room of Ornaments; Left Room; Under the Dusken Crown; The Prairie is a Rolling Ocean.


Article: Album Review

Matt Ulery: Mannerist

Read "Mannerist" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is a lilting magic to the music of Mannerist that is hard to deny or find fault with. The “Bridge" starts and the whole day changes, eliciting, perhaps, a feeling of being lighter on the feet, lighter in spirit and, most importantly, lighter in the head. Suddenly all the information they want you to swallow ...


Article: Album Review

Amos Gillespie: Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet

Read "Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

The premise of this interesting recording may well be summarized in the old Roman proverb, “Make haste, but slowly." Amos Gillespie is a Chicago-based composer and instrumentalist who has composed a nine-part jazz suite for a septet. In his own words, Unstructured Time is “about capturing childhood focus, creativity and peace through unstructured time." The title ...


Article: Album Review

Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms: Live at the Green Mill

Read "Live at the Green Mill" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One of the central figures of Chicago's thriving jazz scene, bassist Matt Ulery has cultivated fruitful relationships with a core of compatriots who embody the grit and beauty of the music coming out of the Windy City. He maintains a host of projects, one of the foremost being Delicate Charms, a group that released its self-titled ...


Live at the Green Mill

Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: We Are Just at the Limit; Oceans Away; The Arrival; Undertow; That Hideous Strength; Consumer of Time.


Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Shades of Red; Deconstructed; Like a Blossom; Nothing Changes; Tangerine Road; Sleepless; Fewer Words; Silence Is Your Own; Juiced.


Article: Album Review

Amos Gillespie: Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet

Read "Unstructured Time for Jazz Septet" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Chicago-based composer/educator/alto saxophonist Amos Gillespie's CD, Unstructured Time, employs a variety of time signatures but is anything but unstructured--in fact, the opposite may reasonably be opined, as taut structure is clearly front and center on the album's four instrumental and five vocal numbers. In other words, “unstructured" in Gillespie's lexicon bears absolutely no resemblance to “free" ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Colin Stetson, Ches Smith, Marisa Monte, Evgeny Ponomarev & Other New Releases

Read "Colin Stetson, Ches Smith, Marisa Monte, Evgeny Ponomarev & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The much-awaited return of Marisa Monte and the faux-Nippo-jazz of Julien Daïan open a show which centers around the outstanding new album by Ches Smith and dives deep into the diversity of today's international jazz scene. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Marisa Monte ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Flying Blind

Read "Flying Blind" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Time to plunge our hands into the review-copy grab-bag and hope nothing bites. Good news—no flesh wounds, just four brand-spankin' new 2021 releases by artists who are also new to us (if not the public at large) and all of them have something to offer. Trigger warning—the Dave Mathews Band may be mentioned, briefly during this ...


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