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Pivotal Arc

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Violin Concerto: I; II; II; String Quartet: I; II; III; IV; Pivotal Arc.

The Ambiguity Manifesto

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Neither When nor Where; Enter Ally; Real/Unreal (for Ursula K. Le Guin); (G)host(aa/ab); Enter (g) Neither; Ally Enter; Unreal/Real (for old music).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Franklin: Amen

Read "Amen" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

On Joseph Franklin's sophomore effort Amen, the Australian bassist and composer delivers an intricate web of patterns which he creates in interplay with fellow compatriot Marc Hannaford's ominous piano stabs and Satoshi Takeishi's experimental and highly dynamic drum work. Each composition goes through different stages--from dark and menacing to silver and dreamy-- from slowly pulsating, almost ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gordon Grdina: Cooper's Park

Read "Cooper's Park" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Cooper's Park's eighteen minute centerpiece crashes into energetic existence sounding like someone just remembered to push record while the ensemble was in high flight mid jam. Flailing majestically away, guitarist Gordon Grdina, alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Oscar Noriega and pianist Russ Lossing are heard early working overtime on every level from solo to tag-team tandem, giving, taking, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gordon Grdina Quartet: Cooper's Park

Read "Cooper's Park" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since the release of his first album in 2006, Think Like the Waves (Songlines), Gordon Grdina has sought a musical language that would allow him to incorporate his dual interests in the electric guitar and the oud. It is tempting to view this as an “East meets West" process, wherein Grdina's jazz and rock-infused guitar playing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sarah Bernstein: Crazy Lights Shining

Read "Crazy Lights Shining" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nata a San Francisco ma residente e operante a New York, Sarah Bernstein è violinista, compositrice, improvvisatrice, ma anche poetessa, ed ha alle spalle numerose importanti collaborazioni, tra le quali spiccano quelle con Anthony Braxton. In questo singolare e suggestivo Crazy Lights Shining la troviamo a duettare con il percussionista Satoshi Takeishi, intenta a unire i ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Attias: échos la nuit

Read "échos la nuit" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early days of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's career, there were critics who viewed the blind man with three instruments hanging from his neck--two to be played simultaneously--as posturing. Then they heard him play. Forty years later, and filtered through the influence of four continents, Michaël Attias takes up the task of improvising on two different ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sean Conly: Hard Knocks

Read "Hard Knocks" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This trio gives credence to the old saying that, “too many cooks spoil the broth." Given the musicians' course of action, it would seem that additional instrumentalists may have gotten in the way of progress. This is due to the band's extreme agility coupled with a horde of alternative routes, undulating bop grooves, an uncluttered soundstage ...

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Let's Get Experimental

Read "Let's Get Experimental" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Violinist, composer, singer, and poet Sarah Bernstein visits the 'cast to discuss her career in music, her various on-going groups and projects, and her recording with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, Crazy Lights Shining. The rest of the program explores various kinds of “experimental music," from drummer Rudy Royston's unusual front-line of bass clarinet and accordion to Thrainn ...


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