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Entries from October 2017

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge: Whispers on the Wind

m: Chuck Owen ‘s Florida-based and Grammy-nominated Jazz Surge is back in the saddle with another series of impressive musical portraits, Whispers on the Wind, whose genesis harkens back to Owen’s childhood in windy Omaha, NE, and whose inspiration derives in part from the works of three… [ read more ]

Date: Oct 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Stephen Foulkes and David Bednall: Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman

‘TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: / You eat your victuals fast enough; There can’t be much amiss, ’tis clear, / To see the rate you drink your beer. With those words, poet AE Housman begins his celebrated Poem LXII from his famous collection A Shropshire Lad. This particular poem contains the admoniti… [ read more ]

Date: Oct 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Ivo Perelman: Heptagon

Over the past few years, Brazilian tenor sax luminary Ivo Perelman has been releasing albums in clusters based on themes / approaches: The Art of the Improv Trio, Vol. 1–Vol. 6 and The Art of Perelman-(Matthew) Shipp Vol. 1–Vol.

Date: Oct 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Jane Getter Premonition: ON Tour

With the release of ON (Madfish/Snapper, 2015)–the debut album with her newly minted Premonition band–guitarist Jane Getter completed her move from the funk/fusion guitar workouts of her first two albums (1997’s Jane and 2005’s See Jane Run) towards a more progressive leaning which began with Thre… [ read more ]

Date: Oct 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Leon Russell: On a Distant Shore

In the same way that the death of my Aunt Irene in the early 1990s showed me Father Time was coming for my immediate family, did I realize the same fate awaited my musical heroes when Frank Zappa was shown the door about the same time. This past year has been especially hard with the deaths of {{m… [ read more ]

Date: Oct 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Henry Kaiser: Friends and Heroes: Guitar Duets

There a real Smorgasbord of pieces on m: Henry Kaiser ‘s Friends and Heroes: Guitar Duets. They are stylistically varied improvisational vignettes ranging from the eccentric “Three Languages” with Fred Frith to the heavy electric blues of “A Mighty Fire” with Knut Reiersrud.

Date: Oct 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Miriodor: Signal 9

Here, the influential French-Canadian prog rock outfit Miriodor releases its 9th album. Since its formation in 1980, the band has been nestled within the Rock in Opposition movement alongside cutting-edge ensembles such as Henry Cow (UK), Art Zoyd (France) and Univers Zero (Belgium). Hence, the prem… [ read more ]

Date: Oct 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews