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Christian Tamburr: The Awakening (Sounds For Sculpture)

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For vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, a walk through the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey offered a world of sonic possibilities reflected in the bounties of natures and the wonders of Seward Johnson's craftsmanship. Creating physical splendor and a touch of the unexpected in statuary, Johnson, world-renowned for his bronze sculptures, aimed for his work to ...

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Amanda Gardier: Flyover Country

Read "Flyover Country" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Amanda Gardier's sophomore recording, Flyover Country, opens with her original, “Midwestern Gothic," a tune which shifts between serene reveries and pronouncements so bold they could fit--switch out the acoustic rhythm section and the saxophone for some muscular, loud electric guitars--into an in-you-face heavy metal band. A fine way to open the show. Gardier ...

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Gordon Grdina: Safar-E-Daroon

Read "Safar-E-Daroon" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Safar e Daroon germinates from its dark, submerged interiors immediately and immediately brings you into the light. But a light of what? A lover's lamp? A hushed arena? An Australian wildfire? Take your pick and let your mind go. It's all going to happen and does so in spades on oudist Gordon Grdina's second go-round with ...

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Orkestra Eustoria: HyperGiant Hi-Fi

Read "HyperGiant Hi-Fi" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bringing together an international assortment of forward-thinkers, Peter Sparacino looks far and wide with the music he presents on the debut from Orkestra Eustoria. Dealing with cellular-level ideals and astronomical designs, both of which can be gleaned from the album cover, this New York-based saxophonist finds himself in front of a powerful pack that can stop ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional

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The Musician's Lifeline: Advice for All Musicians, Student to Professional Peter Erskine & Dave Black 191 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-4706-4247-1 (13) Alfred Music 2019 Peter Erskine and Dave Black are both drummers: their previous collaboration was The Drummer's Lifeline: Quick Fixes, Hacks, and Tips of the Trade (Alfred Music, ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

A World of Piano Trios II

Read "A World of Piano Trios II" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Several parts of the world heard from in this installment: Sweden, Norway, France, and the United States. Esbjorn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.) e.s.t. live in Gothenburg ACT Music 2019 Before Swedish jazz pianist Esbjörn Svensson's untimely death in 2008, e.s.t. was a sensation. They brought an eclecticism and rock-like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Perhaps you glance quickly at the song titles on the back cover and haphazardly say to yourself or your phone or your new imaginary friend “What?!"Afro-Blue" again?" and just as haphazardly put the disc down and move on to Billie Eilish. But, if you take a moment-you'll-never-get-back to pause and listen, you'll hear drummer Joey Baron ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In any discussion concerning the best of the modern piano trios in jazz, Marc Copland's name has to come up. Pianist Copland--who, oddly, began his jazz career as a saxophonist--shuffles trio mates often, having employed bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian, and drummer Jochen Rueckert, and drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Drew Gress, in a ...

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The Doggy Cats: Daikon Pizza

Read "Daikon Pizza" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Daikon Pizza from pianist Tetsuro Hoshi and The Doggy Cats may never be anyone's idea of essential listening or on anyone's best-of list of desert island must-haves. It might not even sell north, south, east or west of Sunny's Bar, the band's main performance space, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For jazz-phobic pet lovers and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...


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