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From his early taped-speech pieces It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to his and video artist Beryl Korot’s digital video opera Three Tales (2002), Steve Reich’s path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. Born in New York and raised there and in California, Mr. Reich graduated with honors in philosophy from Cornell University in 1957. For the next two years, he studied composition with Hall Overton, and from 1958 to 1961 he studied at The Juilliard School of Music with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti

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Article: Album Review

Derek Brown: All Figured Out

Read "All Figured Out" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Tenor player Derek Brown has made a name for himself with a concept called “BEATBoX SAX," a method of playing saxophone in a continuous stream of pops, honks, melody and slap-tonguing that comes out like a hip-hop variation on Boots Randolph's old novelty tune. “Yakety Sax." He has put several videos on YouTube of him doing ...

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material--rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Article: Interview

Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself

Read "Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself" reviewed by Ian Patterson


For an artist, making any album is something of a journey—the birthing of ideas, the moulding and sculpting of concepts, the creative trial and error, the emotional highs and lows, and in the end, the satisfaction of a work completed. Dutch drummer/percussionist and composer Joost Lijbaart has travelled that road many times in a thirty-year career, ...

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Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Ian Patterson


As a student in the 1980s, Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart first dreamt of making a solo album, inspired by the examples of Tony Oxley, Pierre Favre, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette. A successful recording and touring career with Yuri Honing—and with his own groups—left little time for such a focused project. In 2014, Lijbaart ...

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Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue

Read "World Dialogue" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Stephan Thelen's compositions for his band Sonar have a minimalist groove that clearly relates to other groups in the experimental sphere like Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch's band Ronin. These works for string quartet are not stylistically far removed from Thelen's Sonar music, but the classical chamber music context establishes them in the world occupied ...

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Cathlene Pineda: Rainbow Baby

Read "Rainbow Baby" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pianist Cathlene Pineda has a classical background which is reflected in the lyrical music her quartet creates on this disc. Her compositions here came out of a four-year period during which she became a mother for the first time, suffered two miscarriages and finally gave birth to a second child. The resulting work has a calm, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Markus Reuter Times Three: Oculus, Shapeshifters & Sun Trance

Read "Markus Reuter Times Three: Oculus, Shapeshifters & Sun Trance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Markus Reuter wears many hats: touch guitarist; composer; improviser; soundscaper; and producer. This trio of simultaneous MoonJune Records releases (one technically a reissue) offer an opportunity to sample his music in all of those aspects. Markus Reuter Oculus Nothing is Sacred MoonJune Records 2020 “Oculus" is the name ...

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Budapest Music Center: A cultural confluence at the heart of Hungary

Read "Budapest Music Center: A cultural confluence at the heart of Hungary" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


The Budapest Music Center, known by its acronym BMC, was founded in 1996 by Hungarian trombone player, music educator and entrepreneur László Gőz. Upon initial conception, the institution's main goal was to create a musical network to help Hungarian musicians and other interested parties to gain an overview of the country's musical happenings, past and present, ...

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Samuel Hällkvist: Epik Didaktik Pastoral

Read "Epik Didaktik  Pastoral" reviewed by Chris May


Swedish guitarist Samuel Hällkvist's rifftastic electric trio plays an exhilarating mixture of jazz, prog rock and minimalist music. Riffs aside, the key ingredients are cross rhythms, rhythmic displacement and lavish servings of MIDI-enabled keyboards and tuned percussion. The result is heavy on the tension and light on the release. A close comparator is Swiss keyboard player ...


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