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Last Desert

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Sip; Last Desert I; Last Desert II; Rubber Flowers; Portals; Doppler; Liquid.

InWhatStrumentals

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Color of My Circumference I; The Density of the 19th Century; Terminal City; Rentals; Security; DeGaulle; TLC; Three Lotto Stories; The Color of My Circumference II; Iraqi Businessman; Taking Back the Airplane; The Color of My Circumference III; In What Language; Asylum; The Color of My Circumference IV; Plastic Bag.

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Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Liberty Ellman has been doing valuable work in recent years as a sideman for musicians such as Henry Threadgill, Stephan Crump and Myra Melford. Once in a while he also puts out his own music as a leader. Inspired by a marathon race that takes place in Antarctica, the music on this disc ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: InWhatStrumentals

Read "InWhatStrumentals" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2003 Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd released In What Language?, a hybrid jazz/hip hop response to post-9/11 American paranoia. Inspired by many related injustices, the inflection point was the extended detention, handcuffing and humiliation of a prominent Iranian filmmaker passing through JFK International Airport. Seventeen years later America was mired in multiple unprecedented crises, giving ...

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Liberty Ellman: Last Desert

Read "Last Desert" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Guitarist Liberty Ellman doesn't release many albums as a leader. Last Desert is only his fifth in more than twenty years, and fourth for Pi Recordings, following 2015's Radiate. But that doesn't mean he isn't a busy artist. He can be heard with JD Allen, Jason Robinson, Myra Melford's Snowy Egret, Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio and, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Miles Okazaki: The Sky Below

Read "The Sky Below" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Tre quinti dei Five Elements di Steve Coleman più il pianista dei Snakeoil di Tim Berne sono roba da spellarsi le mani e The Sky Below, a tre anni di distanza da Trickster -acclamato debutto del quartetto con Craig Taborn al pianoforte, qui rimpiazzato per l'appunto da Matt Mitchell—non delude le attese. L'avvicendamento tra due fuoriclasse ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Miles Okazaki: The Sky Below

Read "The Sky Below" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Electric guitarist Miles Okazaki—also using electronics—and his rhythm section comprise three-fifths of alto sax great Steve Coleman's current band, as keyboardist Matt Mitchell rounds out this quartet for the leader's second release for Pi Recrodings, but his fifth album overall. And while the album length is a little over 39-minutes, many artists are cutting back some ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tyshawn Sorey, Marilyn Crispell: The Adornment of Time

Read "The Adornment of Time" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Se si focalizza l'attenzione sui duetti di pianoforte e batteria, balza subito alla mente il titanico Historic Concerts, che vide protagonisti Cecil Taylor e Max Roach nel dicembre del 1979, ormai più di quarant'anni fa. L'accento della musica era centrato sulla comune natura percussiva dei due strumenti, pur con tutte le differenze organologiche e tutte le ...

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Steve Lehman Trio, Craig Taborn: The People I Love

Read "The People I Love" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il timbro asprigno, acidulo, e l'incedere di preferenza incalzante, spigoloso, dell'alto di Steve Lehman (i cui principali modelli, dichiarati, sono com'è noto Jackie McLean e Anthony Braxton) attraversa pressoché a senso unico questo nuovo lavoro del quarantunenne sassofonista newyorchese, determinandone climi e disegno complessivo, il tutto confezionato con la complicità del suo trio abituale (nonché ormai ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love

Read "The People I Love" reviewed by John Sharpe

On The People I Love, alto saxophonist Steve Lehman, Janus-like looks back, while simultaneously looking forward. He recruits celebrated pianist Craig Taborn to bolster his longstanding trio of bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Damion Reid. It was once said that Taborn was fated to play better on other people's records than his own. Happily that is ...


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