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Herbie Nichols: Love, Gloom, Cash, Love

m: Herbie Nichols ‘ story has been told again and again, but it never seems to stick. An idiosyncratic pianist and one of the handful of important jazz composers, he was born in 1919 and dead from leukemia by age forty-four. His best- known song–“Lady Sings the Blues”–is associated with… [ read more ]

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Django Bates: The Study of Touch

Pianist, horn player, composer, and all-around musical disruptor, Django Bates brings back his Beloved Trio for a third go-round, this time with The Study of Touch, his ECM leader debut. Bates–over his renowned career–has recorded in a full range of scenarios; a solo pianist on Autumn Fires (and G…

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: Two Sides of John Wetton

If there’s one thing listeners and fans associate most with m: John Wetton , it’s that voice. That’s not to dismiss his roles as bassist and songwriter, however, which were also reasons his presence in U.K., Asia and early- 1970s m: King Crimson had such an impact in the world… [ read more ]

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Aki Rissanen: Another North

Following on from 2016’s Amorandom, Finnish pianist Aki Rissanen has produced yet another satisfying album. Born in 1980 he has already released nine albums as leader or co-leader. Rissanen studied classical piano at Finland’s Kuopio Conservatory from 1990-2000 and then jazz music at Helsinki Polyte…

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Kaja Draksler Octet: Gledalec

Slovenian pianist m: Kaja Draksler mines musical forms from much of the last century and beyond for her two CD collection Gledalec. This Octet date constitutes a departure from her more widely distributed work to this point, represented by the impressive solo performance The Lives Of Man… [ read more ]

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Platform: Flux Reflux

French clarinetist Xavier Charles along with three inventive Norwegian instrumentalists acutely align their imaginative powers amid a curiously interesting soundstage, steeped in free-form minimalism, ambience, layered tonal shadings and so on. Fractured storylines, along with oddball tunings and Ch… [ read more ]

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Champian Fulton: Christmas With Champian

Pianist/vocalist m: Champian Fulton may be the only kindergartner in history to take a Charlie Parker CD into school for show and tell. The effect of her presentation on her classmates is uncertain, but she fought the good fight.Now, almost three decades after the “Bird Goes to Kinderga… [ read more ]

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