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Entries from November 2017

Jon Balke – Siwan: Nahnou Houm

When Norwegian keyboardist/composer m: Jon Balke began the Siwan project in 2007 it grew out of a fascination with Andalusian culture, and an imaginary musical history. What would have happened in European and world musical development if the Inquisition had never happened? Siwan (ECM, 20..

Date: Nov 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Gard Nilssen: Live In Europe

Clocking in at just a minute over two-hours of music, the three CDs (or LPs, if you’d like) that make up Live in Europe provide an audacious excursion into creative music. The drummer, known for his work in multiple groups such as the quartets Cortex and Starlite Motel, Bushman’s Revenge, Zanussi Fi… [ read more ]

Date: Nov 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Matt Otto: Soliloquy

A soliloquy according to the dictionary is “an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers…..” No more apt title could be assigned to m: Matt Otto ‘s wonderful album Soliloquy. Reminiscent of Matisse’s use of color, Otto uses his music to paint a co… [ read more ]

Date: Nov 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

PSYCHAUDIO: "Connect"

Is the name m: Psychaudio meant to imply “psycho” in the crazy way, you ask, or perhaps hint at psychedelia? The answer turns out to be bit–only a bit–of both. The jny: New York City quintet doesn’t go completely off the rails on their debut release, nor do they dive completely in..

Date: Nov 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Dave Zoller: Evidence – Music of Thelonious Monk

Younger readers may not believe this, but there was a time when all- m: Thelonious Monk tribute albums were a rarity. During most of Monk’s lifetime, musicians focused on a few of his best-known tunes (“Round Midnight” was–and remains– the obvious favorite).

Date: Nov 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Matt Otto/Andy Ehling: Reunion

An LA import whose left an indelible mark on the Kansas City jazz scene, tenor sax and composer extraordinaire m: Matt Otto continues his run of successful jazz explorations with Reunion, a collaboration with 30-year friend and Bay Area, CA alto saxophonist Andy Ehling. Otto’s music… [ read more ]

Date: Nov 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Sean Noonan: Man No Longer Me

Man No Longer Me is about the transformation of a man who gets tickled by a sunbeam one morning on a mountain top and who, as the story progresses, wanders and gets lost in a desert and transforms into a coyote. All clear, so far? New York avant-garde drummer Sean Noonan’s incoherent, barely musical… [ read more ]

Date: Nov 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews