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Introducing Phil Stewart: Melodious Drum

Cellar Live Records continues its run of admirable mainstream albums with Melodious Drum, Canadian-born and New York City-based m: Phil Stewart ‘s debut as leader of his own groups, which range from trio to sextet. It’s an interesting title, as Stewart’s drums may be congenial but aren’t…

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Justin Almquist: The Speed of Dark

How fast does dark actually go anyway? It’s light that makes the most common and obvious metaphors for speed, after all.

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Joachim Kuhn: Love and Peace

The German ACT label achieved global recognition when they issued the m: Esbjorn Svensson Trio album Viaticum (2005) and they warrant broader discovery by U.S. jazz fans. Though their country’s best known label casts a global shadow over its competition, the ACT catalog has included {{m… [ read more ]

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Yazz Ahmed: La Saboteuse

If m: Miles Davis was alive today and in the studio recording In A Silent Way, the results might, just might, resemble London-based m: Yazz Ahmed ‘s La Saboteuse. Other approximate reference points are m: Jon Hassell and m: Brian Eno ‘s Dream Theory In Mal… [ read more ]

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Chris Gall: Cosmic Playground

It’s easy to hear references to classical music in m: Chris Gall ‘s style of jazz. After all, he is a trained classical pianist. And those who like a bit of Chopin with their jazz will certainly enjoy Cosmic Playground. Gall’s music also incorporates elements of rock and funk.

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Maynard Ferguson: Memories of Maynard

With the possible exceptions of m: Louis Armstrong and m: Charlie Parker –both of whose playing influenced the entire genre of jazz–no other jazz performer has had the purely imitative effect on an entire instrument’s universe of players than m: Maynard Ferguson . F… [ read more ]

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Marco Sanguinetti: 9

After Como Desaparecer Completamente (Self Produced, 2016), a collection of Radiohead covers, Argentinian pianist/composer m: Marco Sanguinetti returns to a program of his compositions. The instrumentation is similar to its predecessor 8 (Acqua Records, 2014): an unusual combination of p… [ read more ]

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