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Karavika: Of Earth And Sky

Can’t find a musical genre that fits the needs of your means of artistic expression? Then create your own.

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Karavika: Of Earth And Sky

Mammal Hands: Mammal Hands: Floa

m: Mammal Hands debut album Animalia from autumn 2014 impressed with its emphasis on the overall collective effect over solo pyrotechnics, a choice that perfectly complemented the build and release of tension in the music. Of course in a trio set up the contributions of each member are a… [ read more ]

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Richie Cole: Pittsburgh

After a lifetime of movin’ on that has taken him from Trenton, NJ, to cities, towns and hamlets across the country and around the world, it seems that alto saxophonist m: Richie Cole , now fifty-eight, is at last ready to settle down and plant some roots. As he declares in his latest album… [ read more ]

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New Focus: New Focus On Song

The follow-up to Konrad Wiszniewski and Euan Stevenson’s 2012 eponymous debut album is an idiosyncratic amalgam of folk, jazz and classical music. The opening number “Air In D Minor,” which subtly fades in at the start and fades out at the close, sounds like nothing so much as a cinematic theme tune… [ read more ]

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University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band: Open Window / Flying Colors

Here are two recent studio recordings by the well-disciplined University of Missouri Concert Jazz Band under director m: Arthur White , the first (Open Window) from 2014, the second (Flying Colors) from 2016. Tenor saxophonist m: Jimmy Greene and trumpeter {{m: Sean Jones = 134… [ read more ]

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Dida Pelled: A Missing Shade of Blue

Guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled previous Red Records release, Dida Pelled: Plays and Sings (Red Records, 2011) was one of my pics for Best-of-the-Year in 2011). That recording was so refreshingly organic that it has remained in my listening rotation since that time. Pelled snuck in a self-produce… [ read more ]

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Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balazs Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness

The often repeated refrain to a complaint about music is, “If it’s too loud, then you’re too old,” doesn’t apply to An Untroublesome Defencelessness by Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and BalA zs PA ndi. You probably should just agree, it is too loud.

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