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Entries from April 2015

Harris Eisenstadt: Golden State II

Drummer Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State–the avant-chamber group that he formed while he was in residence at the California Institute of the Arts in 2012–is a meeting of minds and instincts. In its initial form, with bassoonist m: Sara Schoenbeck , bassist m: Michael Moore , a…

Date: Apr 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Milford Graves/Bill Laswell: Space / Time – Redemption

Music is a mysterious thing, and in a sense, all music that ever was and ever could be exists right now, just waiting for the right musician to bring it forth. Music is meant to be experienced and not merely listened to. Its power is in its emotional content which is conveyed to us by rhythm, melody…

Date: Apr 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Brainticket: Past Present and Future

In 2015, Cleopatra Records reissued fabled experimental Krautrock band, Brainticket’s 1973 album, Celestial Ocean. However, keyboardist and flutist Joel Vandroogenbroeck has abided by a slow pace when releasing subsequent material for mass consumption. Known as a risquA(C) unit that mirrored some of t…

Date: Apr 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Oded Lev-Ari: Threading

There’s more to music than often meets the eye. While educated jazz fans often laud and focus on the artists whose names adorn the cover of albums and the sidemen that support and converse with them, far fewer people applaud the work of figures like Oded Lev-Ari–those men of many hats who work out…

Date: Apr 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure

Saxophonist m: Rich Halley , home-based in Portland, Oregon, has put out seventeen CDs. A good handful of those, pre-2006, were released on the now-dormant Louie Records.

Date: Apr 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Diatribes: Great Stone / Blood Dunza

The duo Diatribes–d’incise (a.k.a. Laurent Peter) and Cyril Bondi–are the driving forces behind the INSUB label on which many of their recordings have been released, either as Diatribes or within other groupings. Great Stone / Blood Durza is not the duo’s first release on a label other than INSUB…

Date: Apr 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Tomas Fujiwara and The Hook Up: After All Is Said

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s The Hook Up features artists who are among the more prominent representatives of new directions in jazz and improvisation. Here, the leader acts as an instigator and propulsive factor via his rhythmically shaped works, comprised of rolling, tumbling and splintered movements…

Date: Apr 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews