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See Through 4: Permanent Moving Parts

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Canadian bassist Pete Johnston is something of a jack-of-all-trades composer, working in contexts ranging from abstract chamber music to the headier fringes of prog-rock. His various See Through groupings allow him to pursue his muse wherever it leads: See Through Two's Slow Bend (All- Set!, 2016) has him teamed up with fellow bassist Rob Clutton for ...

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Lina Allemano Four: Vegetables

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Trumpeter Lina Allemano is one of those artists whose boundless creativity requires numerous outlets for its adequate expression. Her Ohrenschmaus trio is a hard-driving unit that possesses a tenacious energy but somehow leaves room for adventitious excursions. The group's Rats and Mice (Lumo Records) was one of 2020's most intriguing releases. She's also an intrepid innovator ...

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David Angel Jazz Ensemble: Out on the Coast

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Every now and then one runs across musicians or composers who are well-known by their peers, or who have carved out loyal followings regionally, but who at the same time have for whatever reason escaped the notice of the wider jazz community. Los Angeles-based saxophonist/bandleader David Angel would certainly fall into that category, despite a career ...

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Mark Feldman: Sounding Point

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Violinist Mark Feldman has long been a consummate sideman, with well over a hundred appearances in that capacity over the course of his career dating back to the 1980s. His inimitable technique and fierce lyricism render him a perfect fit in so many different contexts: in 2020 alone he could be found reunited with the Arcado ...

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François Lana Trio: Cathédrale

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The title of Swiss-based pianist François Lana's latest release, Cathédrale, carries a two-fold significance. Its most obvious reference is to transcendence, something Lana affirms in the liner notes: “Music is a form of spirituality," but it can also be a reference to the sophisticated architectural approach Lana brings to his art. Not only the music, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Scott Sawyer: Night Visions

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As a North Carolinian, guitarist Scott Sawyer may not enjoy the visibility of his counterparts in better-known jazz meccas, but fans of contemporary jazz guitar shouldn't pass him up. With some smart songwriting instincts and a knack for finding talented bandmates, not to mention possessing terrific guitar chops, Sawyer delivers on the promise of a career ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rodney Whitaker with the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz

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Bassist Rodney Whitaker has been a huge presence in Michigan jazz for decades, with his leadership of the Michigan State University jazz program complementing his many other projects and giving him the opportunity to mentor upcoming generations of jazz talent. He has become a crucial ambassador for the music as well, with community outreach being a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Geof Bradfield, Ben Goldberg, Dana Hall Trio: General Semantics

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A fortuitous meeting between veteran clarinetist Ben Goldberg and two up-and-coming stalwarts of the Chicago creative jazz scene, saxophonist Geof Bradfield and drummer Dana Hall, General Semantics is a tribute to the power of spontaneous interaction among like-minded musicians. Although Bradfield and Hall have worked together extensively since Bradfield's quintet album Our Roots (Origin Records, 2015), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rich Halley: The Shape Of Things

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One thing is certain when approaching a Rich Halley recording: it's likely that you will hear the history of the saxophone in his playing. He's as capable of filling the room with fractured sound as he is in gently ruminating over a haunting phrase, and bop licks are as common as noisy abstraction on his albums; ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2020

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2020 will be remembered as a year of resilience. And surely a part of that story will be the fortitude displayed by musicians of all stripes, who have endeavored creatively to manage the challenges of a hollowed-out economy and a global pandemic with innovative business platforms and novel approaches to recording and content delivery. The jazz ...


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