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Entries from November 2011

Tarana: After The Disquiet

After the Disquiet is a beguiling EP from Tarana, a duo consisting of drummer m: Ravish Momin and violinist m: Trina Basu . Recorded live in March 2011, After the Disquiet finds Momin laying down a variety of acoustic drum beats while adding his own real-time electronic manipulations.

Date: Nov 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Marbin: Breaking the Cycle

At its jazz-rock core, Marbin is the Israeli duo of guitarist Dani Rabin and saxophonist Danny Markovitch, sort of a Jewish version of m: Walter Becker and m: Donald Fagen , the essence of m: Steely Dan . Bassist Steve Rodby and drummer m: Paul Wertico , who cumulatively won 18 Grammy Awards as members of the m: Pat Metheny Group, provide the rhythm support for Marbin’s second album and MoonJune debut; Wertico herewith returns the favor of Marbin’s melodic contributions to the drummer’s 2009 release Impressions of a City (Chicago Sessions)…

Date: Nov 29th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Bonnie Remedios-India’s jazz veteran

Bonnie Remedios, a Goan originally from Saligao, has spent a lifetime performing on hotel contracts at some of the best five star hotels in Mumbai. He led a jazz band that actually entertained audiences bringing them back for more at every outlet he performed at. He is often refered to as the ‘Louis Armstrong of India’ for [continue reading…]

Date: Nov 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz News

The EJN Christmas Music Sampler!

Great new free Christmas music sampler. Downlaod at will! http://soundcloud.com/jazz-sampler/sets/ejn-christmas-sampler

Date: Nov 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz News

Barrel: Gratuitous Abuse

The release of Gratuitous Abuse by Barrel–the trio of violinist Alison Blunt, violinist/violist Ivor Kallin and cellist Hannah Marshall–is a welcome continuation of two ongoing trends in improvised music. First, it adds to the impressive series of Emanem CDs by ensembles consisting solely of improvising string players, joining an illustrious list that already includes Arc (2009), The Stellari String Quartet (2009) and Kent Carter String Trio (2006). Second, it joins a growing list of releases by ensembles which are subsets of the London Improvisers Orchestra, alongside such notable examples as London (Leo, 2010) by Roland Ramadan Tentet and Quartet Improvisations (Psi, 2011) by Tony Marsh–the latter also featuring Blunt and Marshall…

Date: Nov 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Mike Melito: The Right Time

When the word “predictable” shows up in music reviews, it’s often wrongly viewed as the kiss of death. Somewhere along the way, “defying expectations” or “charting new territory” have become the quickest way to gain recognition, but the tried-and-true shouldn’t be sold short.

Date: Nov 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Mikko Innanen and Innkvisitio: Clustrophy

When a band parlays different styles and moods into one defining experience, as saxophonist m: Mikko Innanen and Innavista do on Clustrophy, it would be easy for some of the music to slip down the hatch of inconsequence. The band, however, keeps this at bay with an avid sense of observation and release, letting structure stamp the quintet’s class and freedom to find its realm without losing focus. The path to resolution has some surprising twists and turns that are navigated with agility and compact logic…

Date: Nov 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews