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Antonio Sanchez: Bad Hombre

Antonio Sanchez’s drum score for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) served as a game-changer in the film industry, completely upending notions of what a soundtrack can and can’t be. But more importantly, it altered our collective viewpoint on what the art of solo drumming is capable of… [ read more ]

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Antonio Sanchez: Bad Hombre

The Firebirds: Aladdin’s Dream

Three years on from The Firebirds (ILK Music, 2015), a riveting trio interpretation of the music of Igor Stravinsky–and to a lesser extent of Aram Khatjaturjan– m: Stefan Pasborg turns his attention closer to home with the music of Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). The debut rec… [ read more ]

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The Firebirds: Aladdin’s Dream

: The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire and ensemble, et. al

Percussion is often seen as the spice that is added to an ensemble carried by chordal instruments, but something interesting happens when the use of percussion is allowed to shape the aesthetics of a composition. Early on, minimalists like Steve Reich and Terry Riley have realized the potential of p… [ read more ]

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Lars Moller and Aarhus Jazz Orchestra: Glow of Benares

The Danish saxophonist, composer and bandleader, m: Lars Moller , has always been curious about the different languages of music and this curiosity has also followed him in his work as a conductor of Aarhus Jazz Orchestra. He has taken the reputable orchestra to new artistic heights with… [ read more ]

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Lars Moller and Aarhus Jazz Orchestra: Glow of Benares

Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Intimate, innovative and captivating Magic Circle is an album of duets between soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist m: Jean-Michel Pilc . Although they perform primarily standards their interpretations are anything but conventional. Both musicians are known for their individual sty… [ read more ]

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Daniel Dickinson: A Gathering Foretold

It’s hard to picture Dickinson as a debut artist, with a cast of characters that range from; m: Christian Sands , m: Michael Dease , m: Ulysses Owens, Jr. , featured on A Gathering Foretold.

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The U.S. Army Blues: Swinging In The Holidays

Many a Christmas album plays the role of aural security blanket, serving up gently nostalgic sentiments to soothe the common man. This isn’t one of them. The U.S. Army Blues–the big band outgrowth/offshoot of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”–ushers in the holiday season with an excitin…

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