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Collocutor: Continuation

Read "Continuation" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Viewing the CV of musician-composer Tamar Osborn is like watching a tapestry unfurl in bewildering detail. Having started out on clarinet and saxophone, performing mostly classical works, she later studied rhythms and ragas in India, then collaborated with a vast array of talents, often fusing Afrobeat and Ethio-funk into jazzy paradigms. She was part of the ...

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Jan Garbarek / The Hilliard Ensemble: Remember Me, My Dear

Read "Remember Me, My Dear" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


When Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek first collaborated with The Hilliard Ensemble (a British vocal quartet that specialized in early music) it was an experiment, done at the suggestion of ECM founder/producer Manfred Eicher. No-one anticipated a huge crossover hit, but Officium (ECM, 1994) was so successful that it was followed by Mnemosyne (ECM, 1999) and Officium ...

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Szun Waves: New Hymn To Freedom

Read "New Hymn To Freedom" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Pythagoras had this notion that the Sun, Moon and planets all emit their own unique hum. Put simply, as these orbs travel through space they produce certain sound waves. Ever wondered what that might actually sound like? Wonder no more, for this second album from vanguard jazz trio Szun Waves is surely what Pythagoras had in ...

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Trio Mediaeval: A Worcester Ladymass

Read "A Worcester Ladymass" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Cobbled together from the scraps and remnants left from Henry VII's 1536-41 dissolution of Catholic Monasteries, this Worcester Ladymass ("Ladymass"--Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin, in this particular case for the Feast of the Assumption, August 15) was studiously assembled by Nicky Losseff, the music editor for the Norse Trio Mediaeval. Research revealed that neither ...

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Take Five with Julian Waterfall Pollack

Read "Take Five with Julian Waterfall Pollack" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Julian Waterfall Pollack:At the age of twenty-one, New York pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack has the jazz community abuzz with his mature, technically ferocious, and dynamic piano playing. Among his many accomplishments, Pollack was featured on Marian McPartland's renowned NPR show, Piano Jazz, at age eighteen. He has performed internationally ...

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Thomas Tallis / Christopher Tye / John Sheppard: Audivi Vocem

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: In ieiunio et fletu; Te lucis ante terminum; Audivi vocem; Omnes gentes; Missa Sine Nomine - Gloria; Gaudete celicole omnes; Beati omnes; Missa Sine Nomine - Credo; Salvator mundi, Domine; Laudate pueri Dominum; Missa Sine Nomine - Sanctus; Eterne rex, altissime; Missa Sine Nomine - Agnus Dei; In pace, in idipsum.

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The Hilliard Ensemble: Thomas Tallis / Christopher Tye / John Sheppard: Audivi Vocem

Read "Thomas Tallis / Christopher Tye / John Sheppard: Audivi Vocem" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


How did the ancient monophony of Gregorian Chant evolve into the Renaissance polyphony of the 16th Century English Church? A bit of background is helpful. Musically speaking, monophony is the simplest of aural expression which consists of a melody without accompanying harmony. Music where all the notes sung are in unison is termed monophonic. The earliest ...


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