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Category Archive for 'Avant-Garde Jazz'

Craig Taborn Trio: Chants

“Less than two years after Avenging Angel, his solo ECM debut, pianist Craig Taborn returns with his longstanding trio of bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver….Chants is a strong statement from Taborn both as a composer and bandleader, but it’s also a dialogue on the trio format itself, as articulated by this vastly talented, [...]

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“Hagar’s Song is a deeply intimate, intuitive offering from saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran, who has been a key part of Lloyd’s quartet since 2008. The program is a collection of standards and originals, as well as one thorny, angular free improvisation (‘Pictogram’)….Hagar’s Song finds Lloyd and Moran at their most naturally curious [...]

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“With so many varying styles, it’s a bit of a surprise that it comes together so effortlessly, but at its core, Krule is showing all sides of his U.K. environment, and the multiple genres laced into the sparse backdrop are held together by an overlying somber grey fog. Peel that back and you have one [...]

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“Recorded at shows in Berlin and Stockholm, the John Coltrane Quartet — with pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones — is in tremendous form here….Afro Blue Impressions is the sound of one of the greatest — albeit short-lived — quartets in jazz history completely coming into its own in concert.” –All [...]

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Bill Frisell: Big Sur

“Bill Frisell’s Big Sur… collects 19 individual pieces in a suite commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. He spent ten days in retreat at Big Sur’s Glen Deven Ranch, where he composed most of it….On Big Sur, Frisell delivers an inspired musical portrayal of the land, sky, sea, and wildlife of the region with majesty, [...]

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Ben Monder: Hydra

“Together, Monder and his band create a highly sophisticated group sound that can unnerve you one minute and envelope you in ambient warmth the next….Ultimately, Hydra is a highly engaging and unique recording that ranks as one of Monder’s best.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“The Cherry Thing features vocalist and songwriter Neneh Cherry fronting the brilliant, provocative Scandinavian the Thing… The Cherry Thing is a collaboration whose immediacy, dynamic, and motion are organic; its creative originality singular. It unabashedly and nakedly displays its seams and inspirations. It is a serious contender for any representative year-end list.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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“The exuberant cheers and applause from the small studio audience at performance’s end remind you that what you’ve just heard has happened in real time, making it all the more impressive. COIN COIN, the first half of a larger politically-charged and personal work, is one of those records you didn’t know you were waiting for, [...]

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“Floored By Four is a one-off collaboration between a quartet of musicians, each with at least one foot in conventional rock, the other in more experimental jazz and improv. Each of four tracks is named for a band member and highlights that individual in ways that are sometimes clear and sometimes hard to parse.” –Dusted [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Guitarist Nels Cline has generated a high profile since becoming a member of Wilco, but it’s his solo work that defines him — he can always be counted upon to thwart expectations. Initiate is the fourth album by the Nels Cline Singers, a power trio with Devin Hoff on contra and electric [...]

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Matthew Shipp: 4D

Check Our Catalog “On 4D, Shipp nods to history with keen depth perception and articulates his new directions gracefully.” –All Music Guide

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Claudia Quintet: Royal Toast

Check Our Catalog “Claudia’s timbres, eerie and winsome in equal measure, prove its greatest strong point. The combination of clarinet, accordion and vibraphone fashions an electric whistle and whir that squares the circle between 90s indie science frictioners Stereolab and 60s proto-proggers Soft Machine, making it clear that Claudia is a jazz group questioning the [...]

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Check Our Catalog Recorded live at Vision XIII, June 2008, New York City. “A consistently adventurous trumpeter who has stuck to playing avant-garde jazz throughout his career, Leo Smith’s dry, introverted style (which makes extensive use of space) is a strong contrast to the more jubilant flights of Lester Bowie.”–All Music Guide

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