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Galasphere 347: Galasphere 347

Read "Galasphere 347" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The record label duly notes that the ensemble's lineup is a pedigree from estimable progressive rock-based bands such as White Willow, Henry Fool, Änglagard, The Tim Bowess band, and more. Formed in 2018, Galasphere 347 occasionally draws similarities to prog giants, Porcupine Tree and Riverside amid the electro-symphonic stylings of many outfits from the strikingly advanced ...

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Full House

Read "Full House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Wes Montgomery's recording of his June 25, 1962 live performance at the Tsubo Jazz Club in Berkeley, California intersects significantly with two recent Resonance releases. One intersection involves the Wynton Kelly trio, comprised of pianist Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. It was with this same trio that Montgomery would record his essential Wynton ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Riverside: The New National Anthem

Read "The New National Anthem" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nato da un comune interesse per la musica e la figura di Jimmy Giuffre, il Riverside Quartet è una delle numerose formazioni attraverso le quali il trombettista e compositore Dave Douglas veicola le visioni di una mente vulcanica e in perenne movimento. Ad aleggiare come musa ispiratrice, in questa seconda uscita di Douglas e del co-leader ...

Riverside

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016

Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz

Read "Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Historically the cornet was the quintessential jazz instrument but over a century of its evolution other instruments have also become part of the regular jazz armamentarium. These include common ones such as the piano, saxophone, bass and drums to the more occasionally appearing violin, clarinet and other percussion instruments. There are few, however, that exhibit unique ...

Riverside

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Thrush; The Train and the River; Old Church New Paint (intro); Old Church New Paint; Handwritten Letter; Big Shorty; Front Yard; Backyard; No Good Without You; Travellin' Light Sing on the Mountain High/Northern Miner.

The Blues Piano Artistry of Meade Lux Lewis

Label: Riverside
Released: 2014
Track listing: Hammer Chatter; You Were Meant For Me; Celeste Bounce; Bear Trap Stomp; Frompy Stomp; Rough Seas; Madame Vod's Celeste Blues; C-Jam Blues; Fate; Breezing at the Celeste

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Meade Lux Lewis: The Blues Piano Artistry of Meade Lux Lewis

Read "The Blues Piano Artistry of Meade Lux Lewis" reviewed by Marc Davis

In three decades of professional writing, I don't think I've ever used the word “twee." But I'm about to. Look it up. Dictionary.com says “twee" means “affectedly dainty or quaint." Put another way: Unnaturally cute. That's the celeste in jazz. It's cute and dainty and thoroughly unnatural. What's more, it's a mood ...


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