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Eric St-Laurent: Planet

Given the fact that guitarist Eric St-Laurent pulls from many different places and styles in his work, it’s tempting to consider him a musical polyglot. The truth, however, is that he really only speaks a single language–his own, which just so happens to be influenced and informed by everything fro… [ read more ]

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AGNZ: Chance Meeting

Before proceeding, a word about the name of this admirable quartet: AGNZ (jazz from A to Z?) comprises the first letter in the last names of its four members–guitarist m: Jay Azzolina , tenor saxophonist m: Dino Govoni , drummer m: Adam Nussbaum and bassist {{m: Dave… [ read more ]

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Evan Parker / Alexander Hawkins: Leaps In Leicester

Leaps in Leicester furthers a sequence of duets between renowned saxophonist m: Evan Parker and pianists that already contains such luminous entries as Rex, Wrecks and XXX (Rogue Art, 2013) with m: Matthew Shipp and Either, Or And (Relative Pitch, 2014) with {{m: Sylvie Courvo… [ read more ]

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Milt Jackson: Sunflower / Goodbye

Even if vibes player m: Milt Jackson had just played with The Modern Jazz Quartet and not embarked on a solo career, his place in jazz history would be secure. However, Jackson was much more than a vital part of the famous chamber jazz group and he recorded a string of excellent albums, i… [ read more ]

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Wadada Leo Smith: Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks

Trumpeter m: Wadada Leo Smith has a feel for the epic in his art, on recordings like: America (Tzadik Records, 2009), a duet set with drummer m: Jack DeJohnette ; “America’s Third Century Spiritual Awakening,” from his first Golden Quartet (Tzadik Records, 2000) outing; Occupy T… [ read more ]

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Henrik Jensen’s Followed By Thirteen: Blackwater

Blackwater is the second album from London-based Henrik Jensen’s Followed By Thirteen. There’s one change in personnel from debut album Qualia (Jellymould Jazz, 2013)–Antonio Fusco replacing original drummer Peter Ibbetson–but the instrumentation remains the same. Three years on, the band’s increa… [ read more ]

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Kurt Jarnberg Quintet: Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package

In the late 1960s, trombonist and sometime trumpeter Kurt Jarnberg led a popular jazz quintet in his native Sweden, one that lasted for only a couple of years before disbanding. Jarnberg came back with another small group in the mid-’70s, adding vocalist Ruth Asenlund (Jarnberg) to the mix, disbande… [ read more ]

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