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Tim Stine Quartet: Knots

Read "Knots" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Tim Stine leads a democratically oriented quartet with progressive/free jazz Chicago heavyweights, providing a bit of credence to the album moniker since many of these pieces are woven together with incongruent angles and geometrical designs. With false endings, scrappy breakouts and off-metered pulses, the leader's intricate chordal and single note developments assist with maintaining an ...

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Matt Ulery works in several groups with differing approaches to jazz and art music. Delicate Charms features a quintet which mixes the romantic lightness of European classical music, the slippery unpredictability of jazz and the thrusting rhythms of progressive rock through a singular combination of alto sax, violin and piano. The CD's opening ...

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Tim Stine Quartet: Knots

Read "Knots" reviewed by Mark Corroto

What is apparent straight away with Knots by the Tim Stine Quartet is the intense physicality of the performance. I'll posit Stine, a North Dakota native who grew up with classical music, was drawn to the creative music scene of Chicago because of its tradition of a robust and muscular sound. From Gene Ammons to Roscoe ...

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Coming on the heels of 2019's outstanding trio outing Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) with violinist Zach Brock and drummer John Deitemyer, Delicate Charms is a four and a half star recording if ever one was. And it begins with a classical air, an almost chambered hush into which rush those last minute arrivals, each their own player ...

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Moon Hooch, Matt Ulery, Cochemea and More New Releases

Read "Moon Hooch, Matt Ulery, Cochemea and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our exploration of new releases [for the first part, click here]. In this segment we focus heavily on powerful saxophone players like Cochemea, Tenor Triage's Michael Eaton, Sean Sonderegger and James Brandon Lewis, Ghost Horse's Dan Kinzelman, Moon Hooch's Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, Charles Owens, Hearing Thing's Matt Bauder, the Crosscurrent Trio's ...

Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz

Read "Astral Spirits: Lifting the Spirit of Jazz" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While pop often follows predictable musical patterns, one of the greatest qualities about jazz is its sense of adventurousness and the ability to take the listener on a journey where the destination is unknown. The Astral Spirits label, based in jny: Austin, Texas, and run by musician Nate Cross, truly embraces this quality of jazz.

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Nature Work: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein and Greg Ward are two stalwart Chicago musicians who continually stretch boundaries and search for new experiences. Stein, a devotee of the bass clarinet, maintains two trios, Hearts & Minds (with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor) and Locksmith Isador (with Jason Roebke and Mike Pride), plus his quartet with Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, and ...

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Dustin Laurenzi: Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog

Read "Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Many genius artists have been labeled as freaks or lunatics because they didn't conform to the standards of civil society, let alone the codes of behavior for musicians. Thelonious Monk, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Sun Ra are obvious examples of brilliant creators whose music endures and is celebrated. Add to that list Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999) ...

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Greg Ward presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this CD saxophonist Greg Ward presents a new group, Rogue Parade, which features a front line with two guitarists, Matt Gold and Dave Miller, alongside Ward's alto. Such a configuration, combined with the graffiti-covered walls on the CD cover, suggests this band might work the slippery, interlocking street-funk path explored by Steve Coleman's groups with ...


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