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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach began recording in the 1950s. Twenty years into the new millennium, he continues to do so prolifically, with twenty-five albums under his own name listed on Wikipedia--a seeming short shrift; his three solo albums on the Intakt Records label from 2005 and 2012 somehow didn't make the list, suggesting there are more. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Giancarlo Nino Locatelli: Situations

Read "Situations" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Sperimentatore delle più diverse forme performative, esploratore della musica di Thelonious Monk, maestro supremo del sax soprano, Steve Lacy era anche un grande e singolare compositore ed era solito proporre i propri brani, assieme a quelli di Monk, nelle sue esibizioni in solitudine. Giancarlo “nino" Locatelli, più o meno contemporaneamente alla registrazione di composizioni lacyane con ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dinosaur: To The Earth

Read "To The Earth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

One of the flag bearers of contemporary British jazz, Dinosaur's rise to more international renown accelerated with its signing to Edition Records, and the subsequent release of Together, As One (2016) and Wondertrail. (2018). Formerly known as the Laura Jurd Quartet, the band had already been going since 2010, releasing one album, Landing Ground (Chaos Collective, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elizabeth Tombulian: Love's in Need of Love Today

Read "Love's in Need of Love Today" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

By the third track on Elizabeth Tomboulian's Love's in Need of Love Today , you discover three observations: that the album is probably going to be a rainbow of diverse grooves and textures; that Tomboulian is definitely adept at all of them; and that she takes great joy in doing so. The eleven ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Noah Preminger, Alexa Tarantino, Dave Douglas & More

Read "Noah Preminger, Alexa Tarantino, Dave Douglas & More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A mix of new releases this week, with music from Noah Preminger, Alexa Tarantino, Anthony Shadduck, Dan Phillips and Dave Douglas, plus some classic Thelonious Monk and other recent releases. Playlist Noah Preminger “World of Twelve Faces" from After Life (Criss Cross) 00:00 Anthony Shadduck “The Story of Maryam" from Quartet & Double Quartet ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan: Epistrophy

Read "Epistrophy" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il ritorno di Bill Frisell nel 2017 in casa ECM come titolare, anche se in coabitazione col contrabbassista Thomas Morgan, era stato accolto con entusiasmo, e il loro disco Small Town, registrato dal vivo al Village Vanguard di New York, unanimemente considerato uno dei migliori album dell'anno. Viene pubblicato ora, preannunciato dallo stesso chitarrista nel corso ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emmet Cohen Trio: Dirty in Detroit

Read "Dirty in Detroit" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It's very comforting to know that, in a year of intense turmoil on every possible level, firebrand pianist Emmet Cohen bookended an otherwise dire 2018 with his hotly-received Masters Legacy Series Volume 2, featuring Ron Carter, and ended the year with this palpably joyful romp Dirty In Detroit. Ready to party and blow off ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benito Gonzalez: Passion Reverence Transcendence

Read "Passion Reverence Transcendence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In the grand, giving spirit of the master, pianist Benito Gonzalez, drummer Gerry Gibbs and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet hold absolutely nothing back and pull no punches on their exhilarating tribute to McCoy Tyner, Passion Reverence Transcendence. With each tune taped in a single take, the trio explodes with a bold and proclamatory rush. ...

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Kenny Barron: Concentric Circles

Read "Concentric Circles" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Hard to believe that, as Kenny Barron turns 75, Concentric Circles is his Blue Note debut, one that is as muscular, fleet, and entertaining as any debut by any man two-thirds his age. Trust Barron's deeply-versed quintet to swing like a big band plus, and “DPW" leaps out at you with a jumping, bop ...


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