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Flown: Flown

Read "Flown" reviewed by Geno Thackara

As band names go, this is one with a range of possible meanings. Some searching shows that it's actually been used by a handful of different outfits ranging from punk-metal to experimental electronics. The Flown from Modena, Italy, meanwhile, finds a niche blending an insistent sense of rhythm with the looseness of free-jazz improv. They sound ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Abercrombie Quartet: Up and Coming

Read "Up and Coming" reviewed by John Kelman

Starting the new year with, if not precisely a bang, a nevertheless unforgettable record whose strength lies in pristine lyricism, nuanced group interplay and writing that capitalizes on the entire quartet's appreciation of subtlety over gymnastics and refined lyricism over angularity, John Abercrombie's Up and Coming--ECM's first release of the year--is also founded strongly on the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Clouds and Stormy Nights: A New Pair from QFTF

Read "Clouds and Stormy Nights: A New Pair from QFTF" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Germany's growing QFTF label remains ambitious as ever as 2016 draws to a close, showcasing two young off-the-beaten-path bandleaders with their own ideas of the directions modern jazz might take. With some fairly offbeat feels for melody, the pair manage to serve as two sides of the same semi-abstract coin. Matthew Sheens Cloud ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Troy Dostert

It has been an exciting year for artists perched on the precipice between jazz and other idioms. Each of these releases manages in its own way both to challenge and to inspire the listener, and the stylistic variety on display is an encouraging sign that creative music is truly in good hands! ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Claudia Quintet: Super Petite

Read "Super Petite" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Preceduto dal tour che ha toccato anche l'Italia in marzo, ecco l'ottavo disco del Claudia Quintet registrato nell'agosto 2015 con la formazione modificata qualche anno fa, con Red Wierenga al posto di Ted Reichman. Con due decenni di attività continuativa, il quintetto di John Hollenbeck è uno degli organici più stabili del jazz contemporaneo e rimane ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Claudia Quintet: Super Petite

Read "Super Petite" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

For this widely acclaimed band's 8th album, drummer John Hollenbeck decided to compose concise pieces that get the job done in less time stating: “When the tunes are longer, there tend to be moments when not a whole lot is happening. If you have a really short tune, the whole thing has to be compelling." Hence, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Claudia Quintet: Super Petite

Read "Super Petite" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If there's one thing you can pin down about the Claudia Quintet, it's their inability to be pinned down. Starting off this release with “Nightbreak" is like dropping into a soundtrack to some sleepy '50s-style arty cartoon, with an acoustic retro tone that comes from the combination of vibraphone and clarinet. The piece isn't catchy and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival Ottawa, Canada June 22 -July 3, 2016 It's hard to believe, with seasons that move quickly from spring into summer, that it was time, once again, for the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival has grown from a weekend event into a full-blown, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Claudia Quintet: Super Petite

Read "Super Petite" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Except for a brief dalliance with the ingénue Lucy, drummer and bandleader John Hollenbeck has been faithful to his Claudia for nearly twenty years. Super Petite is the 8th release and 7th on Cuneiform Records. Actually, the band leader has had others. Besides his Lucy Quartet, there is his John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, Refuge Trio, duos ...


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