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Alto saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning is a harmonious creature. She is the lone red fox atop a pile of shale on the outskirts of the urban landscape, her singular musical voice illustrating the contradiction of an artist drawn to the woods even as she feels the gaze of a thousand bright city lamps. With the release of Harmonious Creature on Posi-Tone on January 21st, 2014, she unites the small town and the metropolis with compositions featuring violist Eyvind Kang, electric guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, bassist Rene Hart and drummer Jerome Jennings. According to JazzTimes critic Carlo Wolff, “There’s something animistic about Manning’s work…Her music – original and brave – shows Manning knows where the wild things are


Jessica Ackerley: A New Kind Of Water

Read "A New Kind Of Water" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Jessica Ackerley operates in roughly the same semi-abstract realm as Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson but her playing covers more ground, bouncing between folk lyricism, spacey abstraction and fierce prog-rock riffing. The other members of her group, alto saxophonist Sarah Manning, bassist Mat Muntz and drummer Stephen Boegehold, are adept at blending with her varied ...

Harmonious Creature

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Copland on Cornelia Street; Tune of Cats; Floating Bridge; I Dream a Highway; Grey Dawn, Red Fox; Radish Spirit; Three Chords for Jessica; Don’t Answer to the Question; On the Beach; What the Blues Left Behing.

Harmonious Creatures

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Copland On Cornelia Street; Tune Of Cats; Floating Bridge; I Dream A Highway; Grey Dawn, Red Fox; Radish Spirit; Three Chords For Jessica; Don't Answer To The Question; On The Beach; What The Blues Left Behind.


Sarah Manning: Harmonious Creature

Read "Harmonious Creature" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

La giovane sassofonista del New Hampshire, estremo nord-est statunitense, ha certo più di una freccia al suo arco. Ce lo dice con chiarezza questo suo ultimo lavoro, inciso all'inizio del 2013 alla testa del proprio quintetto, entro cui un ruolo quasi altrettanto rilevante della leader gioca il violista Etvind Kang, specificatamente per l'impasto (per certi versi ...


Sarah Manning: Harmonious Creatures

Read "Harmonious Creatures" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In order to create the music for Harmonious Creatures, saxophonist Sarah Manning had to put the hustle and bustle behind her. She picked herself up and took to the woods, composing and communing with nature at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire where she was living out her time as a MacDowell fellow in October of ...


Posi-Tone Records: Creating a New Iconic Catalogue

Read "Posi-Tone Records: Creating a New Iconic Catalogue" reviewed by John Patten

When Posi-Tone Records founder Marc Free was growing up, he looked forward to each new record purchase, cherishing the cover artwork, devouring the liner notes and most of all, feasting on the music. He came to love the music and albums issued by iconic labels such as Blue Note and Impulse!, knowing that even if he ...

Dandelion Clock

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: The Peacocks; Marble; Habersham Street; I Tell Time By the Dandelion Clock; Crossing, Waiting; The Owls (Are on the March); Through the Keyhole; Phoenix Song; The Windmills of Your Mind.


Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2010: Female Instrumentalists

Read "Hrayr Attarian's Best Releases of 2010: Female Instrumentalists" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

More experienced editors before me have already posted their best choices for this past year. Instead of adding yet another list of some of the same, I would like to take a slightly different approach. Here are my top 10 picks for 2010, by female jazz instrumentalists: Mary Halvorson QuintetSaturn Sings


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