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Marcin Wasilewski Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It is timely, albeit in a melancholy way, that one-time Tomasz Stańko protégé Marcin Wasilewski and his trio would offer a retrospective live performance that closely coincides with the passing of the legendary Polish trumpeter. The pianist, still just in his early forties, first recorded with Stańko's octet while he was a teenager and quickly went ...

Piano Song

Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Links; Cosmopolitan; Blue Desert; Silence Of; Flying Carpet; Scrambled Brain; Microwave; Mind Space; Void of Sea; The Nature Of; Gravity Point; Piano Song.

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Tomeka Reid: Tomeka Reid Quartet

Read "Tomeka Reid Quartet" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Even jazz fans who follow recordings coming out of Chicago might still not have heard of cellist Tomeka Reid. Before 2015, when Tomeka Reid Quartet was released, she worked mostly as a sideman (side-person?) with such local luminaries as Nicole Mitchell and Dee Alexander, as well as participating in the AACM. Given that it's her debut ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Read "Piano Song" reviewed by Troy Collins

Matthew Shipp has long been considered one of the leading pianists of his generation. Collaborating with artists from wide ranging genres over the past three decades, Shipp has maintained a distinctively singular vision with an immediately recognizable sound. Publicized as Shipp's final release for Thirsty Ear, Piano Song follows in the footsteps of The Conduct of ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Read "Piano Song" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The finest compliment you can pay an artist is that his music is instantly recognized in a blindfold test. Sure, back in the day most experienced listeners could identify a Bud Powell, Bill Evans, or Oscar Peterson recording. It's just, these days, there are so many Powell, Evans, and Peterson soundalikes, schooled in the art of ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Read "Piano Song" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

It's difficult to encapsulate pianist Matthew Shipp's inimitable musical vision and approach exclusively with words. The elusiveness of his aesthetic stems from its malleability: Shipp retains his unwavering objective of unfettered expression, yet never fully eschews tradition, yielding an unrivaled brand of stirring music. A consummate innovator, Shipp's singular musical vocabulary has matured and diversified over ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Read "Piano Song" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Recent months in 2016 have seen the release of at least a half-dozen albums featuring Matthew Shipp including The Uppercut (ESP-Disk) with Polish reed player Mat Walerian, Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004 (AUM Fidelity), a duo release with the late David S. Ware, the Bobby Kapp duo recording Cactus (Northern-Spy Records) and The Core Trio Live ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Read "Piano Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Depending on your perspective, tradition can both be a blessing and a burden. Especially in jazz, it is hard to say something new and this is true as well when it comes to the noble art of the piano trio. Thelonious Monk has been there, Bill Evans has been there and Cecil Taylor has been there--just ...

Piano Song

Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Released: 2016
Track listing: Links; Cosmopolitan; Blue Desert; Silence of; Flying Carpet; Scrambled Brain; Micro Wave; Mind Space; Void of; The Nature of; Gravity Point; Piano Song.


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