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Two Exciting And Poignant Albums From Wendy Eisenberg

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A fearless improviser with a refreshing disregard for genre, Wendy Eisenberg is a poet, banjoist and vocalist yet Eisenberg's guitar fully showcases her mastery. This virtuoso explores all dimensions of her instrument with fiery elegance and a vibrant sense of adventure to her music. In 2018 she released two stimulating and unique albums: Its Shape is Your Touch (VSDQ, 2018) and The Machinic Unconscious (Tzadik, 2018). Wendy Eisenberg Its Shape is Your Touch VSDQ 2018 ...

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3x3: Piano Trios, vol. III

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More evidence that three is truly a magic number, as explorations in this format remain as expansive and inventive as ever... Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ the Village Vanguard Palmetto Records 2018 Fine artists can aspire to appear in the Louvre someday. Comics might hope for a Las Vegas residency or a hosting spot on Saturday Night Live. The similar goal for quirky chefs might be a couple minutes of reality-show fame and ...

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New releases from Jürg Frey, Clara de Asis and Stefan Thut

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If you were told that a record label's latest batch of three albums were by Jürg Frey, Clara de Asis and Stefan Thut, and then asked to identify the label, which one would you be most likely to choose? Many in-the-know music fans might be likely to opt for Another Timbre or maybe Wandelweiser or INSUB, none of which is the correct answer. In fact, albums by those three musicians constitute the second batch of releases from the Elsewhere label, ...

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Classic vinyl remasterings from Storyville

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In time for the festive season, the Copenhagen label Storyville is reissuing three classic albums from its archives remastered on 180-gram vinyl: Charlie Parker In Sweden, 1950; Ben Webster Plays Ballads; and Sahib Shihab's “lost" minor masterpiece Sentiments. The Charlie Parker album was recorded on November 24, 1950 at a concert in the southern city of Helsingborg and a jam session afterwards. It was last made available in 1983 and comes with original sleeve art and liner ...

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Thumbscrew: Ours & Theirs

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Thumbscrew is an occasional project for three very busy contemporary jazz musicians. Guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara have crossed paths numerous times on their own projects. All three of them participated in Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus: The Distance (ECM, 2016), on Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up: After All Is Said (482 Music, 2015), and more recently on Mary Halvorson's Code Girl (Firehouse 12 Records, 2018). The trio's recorded debut was Thumbscrew ...

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3x3: Piano Trios, vol. II

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Tubis Trio Flashback AudioCave 2018 Sophisticated chops? Check. Solid chemistry? Definitely. Knowledge of jazz tradition combined with determination to avoid sitting still? Of course. Maciej Tubis and his cohorts in the Tubis Trio certainly check all the proper boxes expected of a professional combo. Beyond that, though, they distinguish themselves with a sheer fun factor that's practically irresistible. With a palpable joy in playing and a string of melodic hooks catchy as all get-out, Flashback ...

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Lee Michaels: Dinosaurs Still Rule!

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Even if you came of age in the Seventies, you may still need to refresh your memory about how Lee Michaels made a name for himself. The memory lapse may very well be due to the fact that, as Michaels appeared in performance, it was (and still is) altogether startling to see him playing (usually a Hammond organ) with just one other musician, most conspicuously the drummer simply known as Frosty (who subsequently went on to be come a staple ...

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Seth Yacovone Band and Radio Underground: Rockin' the Green Mountains

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Teeming as it is with diversity on so many fronts, it is altogether surprising the Burlington Vermont music scene suffers from a distinct lack of rock and roll. Perhaps it's the self-consciously hip factor often afflicting the community, but the likes of the Seth Yacovone Band and Radio Underground exist as something approaching an endangered species (perpetual punks Rough Francis notwithstanding) --that is, if it weren't for the regular cycle of live performances and recordings offered by the principals in ...

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Jazz is Mod: An Introduction to the Mod Jazz Series

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In England there is a solid tradition for crate digging and appreciation of American music. In fact, the whole idea of Northern Soul is based on the concept of English hipsters digging out rare soul gems in the sixties and giving them new life on the dance floor. However, the English mod scene, as it was called, did not limit itself to soul. Jazz was also on the radar of the young hipsters and they liked to dance to acid ...

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Scott Sharrard & Jack Pearson: Brothers by Proxy

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As the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band looms ever larger with the passing years, those musicians outside the nucleus of the seminal Southern rock/blues band are building upon their early contributions to the group, plus their own prior work, in so doing elevating their profiles proportionately. Take Jack Pearson, for instance, whose stint with ABB from 1997 to 1999 is often overshadowed by Derek Trucks who assumed the guitar position upon Pearson's departure (Jack also participated in the short-lived ...