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Entries from March 2015

Roil: Raft of the Meadows

Established in 2007, Roil comprises three Australians from the Sydney jazz scene, sharing pianist m: Chris Abrahams with that other better known Antipodean combo m: The Necks . Like that last outfit Roil manifests as an egalitarian concern, continuing in the lineage trailblaze…

Date: Mar 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

The seventh album by guitarist m: Jon Lundbom and his septet Big Five Chord leaves little room for fence sitters. His music, like fellow band members m: Jon Irabagon and m: Moppa Elliott of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, walks the razor’s edge between clamorou…

Date: Mar 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Beat Funktion: Mandy’s Secret

Beat Funktion; what is its funktion? Daniel Lantz is the man behind Beat Funktion’s unique sound that blends ’70s funk, groove, soul, disco and afro-beat with the language and sensibilities of jazz.

Date: Mar 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Sue Rynhart: Crossings (Songs For Voice And Double Bass)

Life is a series of crossings: from ignorance to knowing; fear to courage; love to heartbreak and from one time and place to the next. It’s the bare emotions and the mind-sets inherent in such hazy transitions that provide the inspiration for vocalist/composer Sue Rynhart, who is joined here by Dubl…

Date: Mar 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

Drummer m: Art Lillard ‘s Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals –by m: Pete McGuinness , {{m: Hilary…

Date: Mar 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Rashied Al Akbar / Muhammad Ali / Earl Cross / Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures

The Lithuanian based No Business label deserves an award for its unstinting documentation of the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 1970s and early ’80s. Often characterized as a time when nothing was happening, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

Date: Mar 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

George Spanos: Dreams Beyond

Drummer George Spanos’ exodus from Greece to New York City has resulted in a speedy indoctrination into its fertile nu-jazz scene, performing at The Stone and other popular venues with notables such as electronics wiz m: Ikue Mori and cellist m: Erik Friedlander . But Spanos ha…

Date: Mar 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews