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Kirk Knuffke, Rick Countryman & Lakecia Benjamin

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Saxophonist Ohad Talmor's new release, Long Forms, with his Newsreel sextet has just been released by Intakt Records and it's a must-listen; strong playing by some of the best musicians around, complicated but highly interesting tunes and arrangements, and a fully realized project. Another saxophonist, Rick Countryman, plies his trade in Manila in The Philippines now ...

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William Parker, Gonçalo Marques & More

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Back in 2017, one of the great quartets was in a celebratory mood over the release of a new recording, so they booked the Shapeshifter Lab in New York for their record release party. Someone had the smarts to record those musical proceedings and the results are a new album by bassist William Parker and In ...

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Russ Lossing, Jasper Blom and More

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Sometimes a recording catches you by surprise. Such is the case with Swedish bassist Thomas Markusson's Open. Only one of the musicians was familiar, the pianist Naoko Sakata who moved from Japan to Sweden where she could play the kind of music that wasn't popular in Japan. Sakata definitely found the right company. Markusson is a ...

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Wadada Leo Smith, Sabu Toyozumi & More

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Shades of Colors, a new recording by Slovenian saxophonist Cene Resnik and his Trio Watch for Dogs puts the lie to the belief that there is no beauty in avant-garde or free jazz. There are some sublime moments in this recording as Resnik, Italian bassist Giovanni Maier and Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaučič create like master painters, ...

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Cale Brandley & Triptych Myth and Philip Zoubek

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Master drummer Andrew Cyrille turned 79 in November. His wonderful new recording Lebroba, following on the heels of his acclaimed The Declaration of Musical Independence proves age has little to do with creativity. You'll hear two tracks from the new release which features Bill Frisell and Wadada Leo Smith, another septuagenarian at peak powers.

The Beautiful

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2005
Track listing: All Up In It; Frida K. The Beautiful; Trident; Spiraling Out; Pooch (for Wilber Morris); A Time To; Last Minute Trip Part One; Last Minute Trip Part Two; Poppa's Gin in the Chicken Feed; Robinia Pseudoacacia.

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Triptych Myth: The Beautiful

Read "The Beautiful" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

With the formation of his Triptych Myth trio several years ago, Cooper-Moore announced his intention to return to the days of a working group, as opposed to the one-off meetings that dominate the jazz scene. He has also lamented the fact that his handmade string and percussion instruments have left him considered a novelty, rather than ...

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Triptych Myth: The Beautiful

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Abstract music tends to come in one of two varieties: either it's intensely intellectual, using complexity as a means to self-consciously explode stylistic boundaries; or it's a language of the soul, whose means of expression does not easily fit into preformatted norms, and therefore exploration inevitably represents a constant attempt to translate the full range of ...

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Triptych Myth: The Beautiful

Read "The Beautiful" reviewed by Michael McCaw

Cooper-Moore is his own man, and in a perfect world, more listeners would revere him. Best known for his association with William Parker's groups, Cooper-Moore is capable of creating music with whatever tools and means he has available at the time. Whether playing homemade original instruments such as the xylophone-like ashimba or more conventional ones like ...


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