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George Freeman: 90 Going On Amazing

George Freeman has long been a homebody. Early on he made his mark on stage and/or in the studio with the best of the best–saxophone lodestars m: Lester Young and m: Charlie Parker , to mention just two–as they came through his hometown, Chicago. Touring did eventually figur..

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: Of Stories, Songs, and Self: Fred Hersch’s Good Things Happen Slowly and Open Book

Most everything in Fred Hersch’s oeuvre has always miraculously existed as slow read and page-turner all at once. The many phrases, songs, and albums spun from the mind and fingers of this highly expressive pianist-composer have been something to really take time with, to be savored and appreciated… [ read more ]

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Eric Ineke: Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter

Eric Ineke is a long time drummer, residing in the Netherlands, who is one of a coterie of sidemen favored by American expatriate jazz musicians for their European gigs. This fine compilation of his work with nine of the great tenor saxophonists gives the listener a golden opportunity to listen to s… [ read more ]

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Konstrukt: L.O.T.U.S.

With each new Konstrukt release I get anxious, wondering just where these Istanbul musicians, and current bearers of the free jazz banner, are headed next? To our Western ears, they seemingly arrived from nowhere. Turkish free jazz, really

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Portico Quartet: Art in the Age of Automation

It’s an inevitable rule that pretty much any piece of automated technology, especially digital technology, gets criticized for replacing something natural. The synthesizer invited a backlash when it was used (and yes, often misused) as a substitute for ‘real’ instruments–ditto the computerized tone… [ read more ]

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Joe Policastro Trio: Screen Sounds

There are always new wrinkles to be found in the familiar. That’s a philosophical stance that seems to serve the Joe Policastro Trio well. This Chicago-based outfit’s debut album–West Side Story Suite (Self Produced, 2013)–served as a distillation and expansion on Bernstein’s masterpiece, turning… [ read more ]

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Dial and Oatts, Rich DeRosa, and the WDR Big Band: Rediscovered Ellington

Pianist m: Garry Dial and saxophonist m: Dick Oatts have teamed up frequently in recent years as “Dial and Oatts,” on some occasions to record their own material (Dial and Oatts, 1990) and on others to breathe new life into classic jazz repertoire (Dial and Oatts Play Cole Port… [ read more ]

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