Julian Lage - Speak To Me
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by Carlos Freitas
2d ago
Label: Blue Note Records, 2024 Personnel - Julian Lage: acoustic and electric guitar; Jorge Roeder: bass, vibraphone; Dave King: drums; Patrick Warren: piano, keyboards; Levon Henry: tenor saxophone; Kris Davis: piano.  Guitarist and composer Julian Lage explores different styles and group formats - from solo to quartet to sextet - in his fourth full-length album for Blue Note, Speak To Me. On seven tracks, his versatility is showcased alongside regular associates bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King, with keyboardist Patrick Warren adding distinct flavors to their sharp sound. On ..read more
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Vijay Iyer - Compassion
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by Carlos Freitas
3d ago
Label: ECM Records, 2024 Personnel - Vijay Iyer: piano; Linda May Han Oh: double bass; Tyshawn Sorey: drums. Revolutionary pianist Vijay Iyer reunites with bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, making their second appearance with Compassion, the knockout follow-up to their debut album, Uneasy (ECM, 2021). The trio, denoting a remarkable maturity, presents 12 tracks, including nine originals and three covers.  The album opens with the mesmerizing title track, “Compassion”, characterized by a modern creative gloss and a captivating equilibrium. Soft cymbal rubs and gentle sna ..read more
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John Surman - Words Unspoken
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by Carlos Freitas
1w ago
Label: ECM Records, 2024 Personnel - John Surman: soprano and baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Rob Luft: guitar; Rob Waring: vibraphone; Thomas Stronen: drums. English multi-reedist John Surman makes a captivating return with this quartet album, Words Unspoken, featuring bandmates guitarist Rob Luft, vibraphonist Rob Waring, and Norwegian drummer Thomas Stronen. The title aptly reflects the group’s approach to music, and the words intuition and illumination come to mind whenever the pragmatic harmonic circularity of Surman’s modal pieces is on display as well as the outstanding improvisatio ..read more
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Joel Ross - Nublues
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by Carlos Freitas
1w ago
Label: Blue Note Records, 2024 Personnel - Joel Ross: vibraphone; Immanuel Wilkins: alto saxophone; Jeremy Corren: piano; Gabrielle Garo: flute (#4,5,6); Kanoa Mendenhall: bass; Jeremy Dutton: drums. Joel Ross, hailed as one of the most electrifying vibraphonists of the contemporary jazz scene, reunites his Good Vibes band for a captivating new recording mostly centered on blues and ballads, and where he mixes in seven new originals with timeless classics from John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. This is his fourth album on Blue Note, one confirming that he always finds new things to say regard ..read more
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The Choir Invisible - Town of Two Faces
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by Carlos Freitas
1w ago
Label: Intakt Records, 2024 Personnel - Charlotte Greve: alto saxophone, voice; Chris Tordini: acoustic bass; Vinnie Sperrazza: drums. Guests: Fay Victor: voice (#5). The Choir Invisible emerges as a newfangled, harmony-less trio hailing from Brooklyn, comprising German-born saxophonist Charlotte Greve, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Infusing nuanced rhythmic detail, to-the-point melodies, and a seamless fusion of jazz and rock elements, the trio strikes a harmonic balance and stylistic coherence in their quietly moving sophomore release, Town of Two Faces. Greve’s compo ..read more
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James Brandon Lewis Quartet - Transfiguration
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by Carlos Freitas
2w ago
Label: Intakt Records, 2024 Personnel - James Brandon Lewis: tenor saxophone; Aruan Ortiz: piano; Brad Jones: bass; Chad Taylor: drums. James Brandon Lewis, a sensational saxophonist with musical resources that transcend various musical scenarios, unveils Transfiguration, his fourth album leading a quartet featuring Cuban-born pianist Aruan Ortiz, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Chad Taylor. Echoes of Coltrane, Shepp, Rollins, and Ayler reverberate throughout the album, infused with Lewis’ own energy as he navigates harmonic tapestries with unwavering confidence. The title track, an explorati ..read more
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Gordon Grdina's The Marrow with Fathieh Honari
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by Carlos Freitas
2w ago
Label: Attaboygirl Records, 2024 Personnel - Gordon Grdina: oud; Hank Roberts: cello; Mark Helias: bass; Fathieh Honari: vocals; Hamin Honari: percussion. Gordon Grdina is a versatile Canadian artist who moves effortlessly between a disparity of styles, including free-form improvisation, structured avant-garde jazz, and world music. While proficient on both guitar and oud, Grdina showcases his mastery of the latter instrument in his latest release, The Marrow, which is deeply rooted in Persian tradition. Leveraging Western improvisational expertise from seasoned veterans of the downtown New Y ..read more
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Mary Halvorson - Cloudward
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by Carlos Freitas
2w ago
Label: Nonesuch Records, 2024 Personnel - Mary Halvorson: guitar; Adam O’Farrill: trumpet; Jacob Garchik: trombone; Patricia Brennan: vibraphone; Nick Dunston: bass; Tomas Fujiwara: drums + guest Laurie Anderson: violin (#6) The highly acclaimed Booklyn-based guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson always manages to draw me in with her collision of jarred chords, knotty melodies, and inconspicuous rhythms. Reuniting her Amaryllis Sextet, the guitarist unveils eight new compositions, predominantly penned in 2022, in her latest offering, Cloudward. While this collection exudes a warmer and more a ..read more
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Ethan Iverson - Technically Acceptable
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by Carlos Freitas
3w ago
Label: Blue Note Records, 2024 Personnel - Ethan Iverson: piano; Thomas Morgan: bass; Simón Wilson: bass; Kush Abadey: drums; Vinnie Sperrazza: drums. The second Blue Note output by pianist and composer Ethan Iverson, titled Technically Acceptable, showcases his artistry in two exhilarating trios alongside emerging talents. Devotees of Iverson's music are well aware of his ability to infuse tradition with a modern touch, whether crafting an original composition or interpreting a classic standard. His style here, drawing from various epochs in jazz history, demonstrates a renewed assurance in ..read more
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Ches Smith - Laugh Ash
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by Carlos Freitas
1M ago
Label: Pyroclastic Records, 2024 Personnel - Ches Smith: electronics, programming, vives, drums, tubular bells, glockenspiel, timpani, tam tam, metal percussion; Shara Lunon: voice, vocal processing; Anna Webber: flute; Oscar Noriega: clarinets; James Brandon Lewis: tenor saxophone; Nate Wooley: trumpet; Jennifer Choi: violin; Kyle Armbrust: viola; Michael Nicolas: cello; Shahzad Ismaily: bass, keyboards. Extraordinary drummer and composer Ches Smith brings his A-game to a progressive and eclectic new album, Laugh Ash, gathering a bevy of avant-gardists and improvisers to explore the art of s ..read more
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