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Tyshawn Sorey

ewark-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980) is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex scores, and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as artists such as John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Claire Chase, Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Robyn Schulkowsky, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Myra Melford, among many others. The New York Times has praised Sorey for his instrumental facility and aplomb, “he plays not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise”; The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently noted that Sorey is “among the most formidable denizens of the in-between zone…An extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.” Sorey has received support for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was recently named a 2017 MacArthur fellow

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Colin Hinton: Simulacra

Read "Simulacra" reviewed by John Sharpe

It would have been a shame if drummer and composer Colin Hinton's Simulacra, released in 2019, fell through the cracks. On this, his second leadership outing in the wake of Glassbath (Snake And Cornelia, 2018), he captains a crew of current and former Brooklyn-based talent in a mysterious but satisfying set. Hinton merges compositional elements with ...

The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records

Read "The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As listeners we so often typecast musicians and music labels. Artists are pigeonholed into silos: classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, etc.. Go into any record store (if you can find a brick & mortar one) and this segregation, a forced separation, is also evident. Even streaming services are divided in this manner. Maybe it is just ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Dunston: Atlantic Extraction: Live at Threes

Read "Atlantic Extraction: Live at Threes" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassist Nick Dunston, an alumni of the groups of Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas and Tyshawn Sorey, was responsible for one of the debuts of 2019, with Atlantic Extraction (Out Of Your Head Records). Taking that title as its name, the same quintet inaugurates OOYH Records digital only Untamed series which aims to release high-quality performances with ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Highlights of the Final Decade of the First 100 Years of Recorded Jazz (2011 - 2018)

Read "Highlights of the Final Decade of the First 100 Years of Recorded Jazz (2011 - 2018)" reviewed by Russell Perry

This is the last of a series of five programs featuring jazz since 1990, presented as a single selection for each year to reflect trends, career highlights and new artists, at least as the narrative appears from the temporally-challenged context of the last 25 years. The idea to attempt such an abbreviated one-track--per-year survey comes from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd: InWhatStrumentals

Read "InWhatStrumentals" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 2003 Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd released In What Language?, a hybrid jazz/hip hop response to post-9/11 American paranoia. Inspired by many related injustices, the inflection point was the extended detention, handcuffing and humiliation of a prominent Iranian filmmaker passing through JFK International Airport. Seventeen years later America was mired in multiple unprecedented crises, giving ...

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Cory Smythe: Accelerate Every Voice

Read "Accelerate Every Voice" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist/electronics artist/composer Cory Smythe's Pyroclastic Records debut Circulate Susanna (2018) was a tongue-in-cheek attribution to the inspiration of a fictional event. He returns to the Kris Davis run label with the intriguing, socially-conscious and genre-less Accelerate Every Voice. Inspired by an assortment of sources: Andrew Hill's Lift Every Voice (Blue Note, 1970), the work of Harlem ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Unfiltered: The Tyshawn Sorey Sextet at the Jazz Gallery

Read "Unfiltered: The Tyshawn Sorey Sextet at the Jazz Gallery" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The Jazz Gallery in jny: New York City is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. It's a great room to listen to music and is also photographer friendly. The Gallery is known for paying homage to jazz greats but is perhaps best known for its commitment to supporting young musicians. It also provides a space for musical ...

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Andy Milne: The reMission

Read "The reMission" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Ever hear a disc and wonder why the deep-seated beauty of some players' music escapes your radar? Juno Award-winning pianist and composer Andy Milne's The reMission, a challenging, tough, terse and ultimately triumphant recording, is one of those. One of those discs that, after several uninterrupted listens, has one digging into the discography scrambling to catch ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mario Pavone: Philosophy

Read "Philosophy" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Ci sono musicisti che percorrono con discrezione il proprio itinerario artistico e, pur senza collocarsi nel novero dei protagonisti, si ritagliano un ruolo importante di connettori, di tenaci tessitori delle trame che rendono vitale e significativo un periodo artistico. Il contrabbassista Mario Pavone è senz'altro uno di questi. Un musicista prezioso, prodigo di iniziativa. Lo abbiamo ...


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