East Axis - No Subject
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by Carlos Freitas
4d ago
Label: Brother Mister Productions, 2023 Personnel - Scott Robinson: tenor saxophone, trumpet, tarogato, alto clarinet, slide cornet; Matthew Shipp: piano; Kevin Ray: bass; Gerald Cleaver: drums. The sophomore outing from East Axis, an enthralling quartet made of experienced liberal-minded improvisers, is called No Subject and showcases a pleasing contrast of tones and moods that is meant to be explored loud and with open views. For this 12-track release, the founding members - pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Kevin Ray and drummer Gerald Cleaver - enlisted the colossal multi-reedist Scott Robin ..read more
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Lakecia Benjamin - Phoenix
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by Carlos Freitas
5d ago
Label: Whirlwind Recordings, 2023 Personnel - Lakecia Benjamin: alto saxophone, vocals, synth; Victor Gould: piano, organ, Fender Rhodes; Ivan Taylor: acoustic and electric bass; EJ Strickland: drums; Josh Evans: trumpet (#1,2,3,8,12,13); Nêgah Santos: percussion (#5); Wallace Roney Jr.: trumpet (#7); Anastassiya Petrova: Fender Rhodes, organ (#5); Orange Rodriguez: synth (#1,3); Jamal Nichols: bass (#2); Dianne Reeves: vocals (#4); Angela Davis: spoken word (#1,13); Sonia Sanchez: spoken word/poet (#6,7); Georgia Anne Muldrow: synth, vocals (#3); Patrice Rushen: piano (#5); Wayne Shorter: spo ..read more
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Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets - Pan Africa
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by Carlos Freitas
1w ago
Label: Impact Jazz, 2023 Personnel - Derrick Gardner: trumpet; Robert Dixon: alto and tenor saxophone; Vincent Gardner: trombone; George Caldwell: piano; Obasi Akoto: bass; Kweku Sumbry: drums, percussion. Proficient trumpeter Derrick Gardner, a native from Chicago, Illinois, leads the Jazz prophets - a pliable sextet furnished with expressive players - since 1991. His latest effort, Pan Africa, was inspired by a visit to Ghana and pays tribute to his ancestors, the African diaspora and the Pan African movement. The efficient djembe work of Kweku Sumbry marks the traditional “Djemba Kan”, whi ..read more
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Stephan Micus - Thunder
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by Carlos Freitas
1w ago
Label: ECM Records, 2023 Personnel - Stephan Micus: frame drum, dung chen, Burmese temple bells, Himalayan horse bells, ki un ki, bass zither, bowed dinding, kyeezee, shakuhachi, sarangi, nyckelharpa, kaukas, sapeh, voice, nokhan. Thunder, the most recent release from multi-intrumentalist and world music practitioner Stephan Micus, is far from roaring despite paying tribute to several thunder gods around the world. It’s a rather sharply plotted musical excursion that keeps reimagining the limits of improvised world sounds. Micus, an eternal traveler with a long-legged career nearly exclusivel ..read more
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Mette Henriette - Drifting
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by Carlos Freitas
1w ago
Label: ECM Records, 2023 Personnel - Mette Henriette: tenor saxophone; Johan Lindvall: piano; Judith Hamann: violoncello. After an excellent double-disc debut on ECM, Norwegian saxophonist-composer Mette Henriette returns with Drifting, a chamber jazz trio effort with pianist Johan Lindvall and cellist Judith Hamann. Inhabiting a world of intrinsic ambiguity, this 15-track offer oft lags in serene atmospheres where everyone listens sharply to one another. Displaying achingly reflective moods with an erudite temperament, the tunes comprising this album reveal a certain poignant vulnerability b ..read more
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Satoko Fujii - Hyaku, One Hundred Dreams
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by Carlos Freitas
2w ago
Label: Libra Records, 2022 Personnel - Satoko Fujii: piano, composition; Ingrid Laubrock: tenor saxophone; Sara Schoenbeck: bassoon; Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet; Natsuki Tamura: trumpet; Ikue Mori: electronics; Brandon Lopez: bass; Tom Rainey: drums; Chris Corsano: drums. For her 100th album as a leader, the prolific avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Satoko Fujii assembles a tight-knit nine-piece ensemble filled with talent. The five-part suite that constitutes Hyaku, One Hundred Dreams was composed at home during Covid years, and matured into a compelling work captured live at The DiMenna ..read more
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Fred Hersch & Esperanza Spalding - Alive at the Village Vanguard
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by Carlos Freitas
2w ago
Label: Palmetto Records, 2022 Personnel - Fred Hersch: piano; Esperanza Spalding: vocals. Without major arrangements, this piano-voice duo recording captured live at New York's Village Vanguard, shows off the many musical qualities of Fred Hersch and Esperanza Spalding. The pair imbues most of the tunes with a quirky perspective and humor, but I felt this work more as an audience entertainment rather than an audio recording to be revisited. Gershwin’s “But Not For Me” swings in rubato time with theatrical posture and a kind of jocularity in the words. Spalding’s vocal solo is followed by Hers ..read more
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Igor Lumpert Innertextures - I Am the Spirit of the Earth
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by Carlos Freitas
2w ago
Label: Clean Feed, 2022 Personnel - Igor Lumpert: tenor saxophone; Greg Ward: alto saxophone; Peter Evans: trumpet; Chris Tordini: double bass; Kenny Grohowski: drums; Jeff Miles: guitar (#1,2,4,5,9); John Ellis: bass clarinet (#1,2,4,5,7); Caleb Curtis: alto saxophone (#4,8,9). Slovenian saxophonist and composer Igor Lumpert enlisted a wonderful group of collaborators for I Am The Spirit of the Forest, the sophomore album with his Innertextures project. The complexity within the outlined structure of some pieces doesn’t remove space for improvisation, reflecting his creative spirit in terms ..read more
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Jon Irabagon - Rising Sun
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by Carlos Freitas
3w ago
Label: Irabbagast Records, 2022 Personnel - Jon Irabagon: tenor saxophone; Matt Mitchell: piano, Fender Rhodes; Chris Lightcap: electric, acoustic bass (#4); Dan Weiss: drums. Guests: Miles Okazaki: guitar (#3,6); Adam O’Farrill: trumpet (#5,7). Walking blazing trails that show all his musicality and technical prowess, saxophonist Jon Irabagon puts together seven incredible pieces inspired by and composed during a post-pandemic-restrictions road trip to the American Mountain States (South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming). On the album, aptly titled Rising Sun, Irabagon is joined by ..read more
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Simone Basile - Morning Raga
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by Carlos Freitas
1M ago
Label: Emme Record Label, 2022 Personnel - Simone Basile: guitar; Manuel Caliumi: saxophones; Enzo Carniel: piano; Ferdinando Romano: double bass; Giovanni Paolo Liguori: drums. Inspired by the spirituality that emerges from Indian ragas, Italian guitarist/composer Simone Basile put together nine tightly composed numbers for a session whose contemporaneity and adaptability are very much on display. Following “Bob Alert”, an effect-drenched guitar introduction with an enveloping role and the words of Bob Kennedy in the back, we can perceive that the members of this quintet are far from strange ..read more
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