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Peter Lewis And Peter Perrett: Sleeper LP's of 2019

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Peter Lewis and Peter Perrett are both survivors of the contemporary rock milieu, the former of Sixties band Moby Grape, the latter of the Other Ones, whose first brush with fame occurred approximately a decade later. Each man has now released a record under his own name, proof positive of the call(s) of their respective muses, but also of the creative impulse in general. And while both artists hew fairly closely to the style for which they are best known—Lewis ...

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Dan Phillips He's Back And He's Proud

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In just a few short years listeners have changed their thinking about Dan Phillips from “who is dis guy?" to “fantastic news, another Dan Phillips release." Maybe we can attribute this response to the wandering nature of the guitarist. He has lived in Chicago, New York, Bangkok, and Tokyo. Now, back in Chicago his music has jelled, crystallizing in several high profile ensembles including the Chicago Edge Ensemble with Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop, Krzysztof Pabian, and Mars Williams and with ...

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3x3: Piano Trios: July 2019

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It must unofficially be the year of the piano trio or something. They just keep coming, and thankfully each new one is still stimulating and surprising. Shalosh Onwards and Upwards ACT Music 2019 The name means “three," simply enough, and Shalosh is all about embodying that ideal of unity as a humble and mutually supportive unit. Less obviously on the surface (though just as importantly), they're all about getting under the hood ...

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Two From The Giant Step Arts Label

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Giant Step Arts is a non-profit organization and label dedicated to helping jazz musicians create the music they want to without worrying about the pressures of the marketplace. On two of their initial releases, that translates into concert recordings done at New York's Jazz Gallery where the bandleaders are free to work out their ideas in the heat of live performance. Jason Palmer Rhyme and Reason Giant Step Arts 2019 Trumpeter Jason ...

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Living for a Song: Country Singers and Songwriters on BGO

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In “Living for a Song," Hank Cochran, one of the most prominent and prolific songsmiths in country music, writes: “I have slept on life's highway / Muddy tears staining my face / A rhyme or two was a big payday / Living for a song." These lines get to the very essence of country music. Country music is about living life the hard way and writing about it. The mood is often blue, the drink is whiskey, wine or beer ...

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International Anthem: The Beat of the Past, Present and Future

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Dis is da drum. Everything starts with a beat. A heartbeat. A rhythm. A language. Communication between people. Patterns in percussion. Tribal language. Rhythms reaching out. Since the beginning, rhythms have been an integral part of jazz. Swing is rhythm and rhythm is swing. The pace has changed. The patterns have changed. Acoustic and electronic sources have been used and re-used, mixed and remixed, but rhythms remain the essence of jazz. Three different releases from International Anthem ...

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Samo Salamon: Three At Once (Freequestra, Trio, & Rotten Girlz)

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The adventurous (and prolific) Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon has outdone himself in both departments, releasing three albums in the same month. They are a diverse collection: an eleven-piece free jazz orchestra; a chamber trio of viola, acoustic guitars and drums; and a “free modern jazz punk avantgarde groove quartet" (Salamon's description), with a vocalist and the composer on electric bass (!). Samo Salamon & Freequestra Free Sessions, Vol. 2: Freequestra Klopotec 2019

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John Dikeman And The Origin Of The Species

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If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame we cannot go back in time (he was born in 1983) to substitute Dikeman for saxophonist Steven Mackay on Fun House (Elektra, 1970). The ...

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Jazz at the Edge of New Age

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Genres can be a way to attract listeners, but they can also repel them. In some circles, genres like new age, smooth jazz and fusion have a bad name, and their entry into jazz could be seen as something negative, but it can also be an enrichment of an art form that is able to embrace an endless amount of expressions. The following three releases are all jazz releases at the edge of new age, but they approach the term ...

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Earth Songs: Music after the Age of the Anthropocene

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One of the most fascinating things about art is its ability to imagine new worlds. Art can depict a world that is already there, but it can also conjure a dystopia or utopia, a future world around the corner. Whether art should concern itself with the world at all is an important question, but as the effects of climate change are felt increasingly around the globe, it has become apparent that the Earth is vulnerable. The age ...

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Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface

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Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing) first performed with this trio at the request of vocalist Sanne Rambags, along with guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known for his work with the Netherlands chamber choir, American drummer Jim Black and Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen). At the time Rambags was twenty years old, Stadhouders thirty, and Lijbaart fifty, so the band could truly be described as a “three generations band." The group immediately established enough ...

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Three releases on Iluso Records

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Iluso Records was formed in 2013 by the Australian drummer Mike Caratti and the Madrid-born, New York-based guitarist Alvaro Domene, the two having met and become close friends in 2007 when they were both studying on the jazz course at Middlesex University, London, and maintained contact after they left London in 2011. They initially formed the label to release a CD by Gran Masa, a quartet which they had put together with two Spanish musicians. In its early days, Iluso ...