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Anders Ahlen Unit: Lines and Dots

I hope it’s not too silly to say that Lines and Dots, the new album by guitarist and composer m: Anders AhlA(C)n , is really cool. But it is; both in the colloquial sense and in the jazz sense. The music goes down with nary a wasted note, the cover art is hip and minimal, and it comes-self…

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Ananda Gari: T - Duality

The young Italian drummer Ananda Gari has been solidifying his credentials in some prestigious company. As part of the quartet Fool Circle, he recorded Moving Thoughts (Rai Trade–Videoradio, 2011) with pianist m: Stefano Battaglia . With his brother, pianist Govinda Gari, he recorded Inci…

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Lucas Niggli - Andreas Schaerer: Arcanum

Whether leading his Drum Quartet, seven-piece Zoom ensemble or supporting fabled improvisers, bassist m: Barry Guy and guitarist m: Fred Frith , Swiss drummer m: Lucas Niggli is not one to play it safe or dodge risk-taking processes. His mantra is firmly implanted i…

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Northwest +1: Minor Suggestions

Northwest + 1 is a group of five jazz musicians, all educators that were brought together in a routine guest artist appearance at Spokane Falls Community College in June of 2013, by trumpeter/educator m: Kevin Woods . Woods along with his SFCC colleague pianist Danny McCollum, assembled a…

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Kelley Suttenfield: Among The Stars

Voice and nylon-string guitar. That’s it. Nothing else to hear on this one, but nothing else is really needed.

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Wadada Leo Smith: Great Lakes Suites

Two of the most enduring voices avant-garde jazz belong to trumpeter m: Wadada Leo Smith and reedman m: Henry Threadgill . Smith’s The Great Lakes Suites, six of his distinctive compositions on a two CD set, teams the two icons inside the equilateral quartet that includes drumm…

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Danny Petroni: The Blue Project

Hurricane Sandy was the second most destructive hurricane in United States history, and when it made landfall in New Jersey in late 2012 it destroyed more than property; it severely affected the community of musicians that made the Jersey Shore their home. In an effort to create some work for them a…

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