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Brian Charette Circuit Bent Organ Trio: Kurrent

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A mainstay of the New York scene since the '90s, organist Brian Charette has a worldly view on music that makes it hard to contain all his pent up musical energies in a conventional way. This partly explains why his recent spate of records for the Posi-Tone label seemed to satisfy while still leaving one with the nagging feeling that Charette has so much more to say then can be contained in the radio-friendly time limits set by the label.

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Daniel Sommer: Duets

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One of the most important things about being a drummer is the ability to play in different contexts. Whether it is a subdued, lyrical conversation or a frenetic exchange of energy, the drummer helps to shape the mood of the music by underlining it or adding contrapuntal color. A duo record is perhaps the most efficient way of hearing how a drummer reacts to his or her surroundings, and a special variation of the duo album is ...

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Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop: Rev

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The Toronto-based septet Turboprop serves, in part, as an arrangement-expanding vehicle for  drummer/leader Ernesto Cervini. With his work in two ongoing, outstanding trio's--MEM3 and Myriad3--Cervini helps shape modernist jazz in the piano trio mode. Turboprop, with its three horn front line--two saxophones and a trombone--gets the chance to stretch his arranging chops, with Rev, the group's sophomore effort. Cervini is a guy who wears his joy on his sleeve. His approach--with Turboprop especially--is busy, orchestral. It is not ...

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Amplitude Problem: The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1

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Sometimes it sounds like Juan Irming, credited here as Amplitude Problem, beams his music down from outer space. If that was the case, life elsewhere seems better than it does here as the songs on The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1 feel like they emanate from a happy place, free from socio-political distress and nuclear fears. Armed with synthesizers and an nostalgic affinity for '80s video game soundtracks, Irming conjures an artificial world of high-tech joy, pop music for Donkey ...

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Ed Palermo: The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

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It isn't a characteristically positive sign when an album incorporates obvious humor into its credits and occasionally, the music itself. The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren could raise red flags with its title, personnel adjectives such as “Terrifying Trombones" and listing Kellyanne Conway as “Alternative Executive Producer." But a listener familiar with The Ed Palermo Big Band, Cuneiform catalog, including Oh No! Not Jazz!! (2014), One Child Left Behind (2016) and The Great Un-American Songbook, Vols. I & II (2017), knows ...

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Jackie Shane: Any Other Way

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The Chicago-based reissue label, Numero Group, has done much to resurrect musical gems of the past, especially in their acclaimed Eccentric Soul Series that has uncovered music released by forgotten labels like Capsoul, Deep City and Prix. The latest entry in the catalog is a musical monograph of the unsung soul singer, Jackie Shane, who finally gets her due with the box set Any Other Way (2017) that collects a large part of her musical output. On the surface, it ...

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Leo Richardson Quartet: The Chase

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An alumnus of London's Trinity College of Music, tenor saxophonist Leo Richards, who incidentally is the son of bassist Jim Richardson (formerly of the jazz rock band If), graduated from the College with a first class honours degree in Jazz Performance. Whilst studying at Trinity he was tutored by some world class players including Jean Toussaint, Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Mark Lockheart and Mick Foster. Since leaving Trinity he has become an in-demand saxophonist on the London Jazz scene. He's ...

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Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Paint

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Mostly Other People Do The Killing have released their second CD of 2017 and, in keeping with the group's unpredictability, it's a bit of a curve ball. Whereas on previous releases they've ranged in size from a quartet to a septet, this time they've cut themselves down to a simple piano trio. Other than that, it's business as usual. Bassist Moppa Elliott's original compositions are still named for towns in Pennsylvania (which this time all include colors in their names), ...

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Matthew Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace

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A regular member of Tim Berne's Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet, pianist/keyboardist/composer Matt Mitchell has recently appeared on Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls (ACT Music, 2015) and Jonathan Finlayson's Moving Still (Pi Recordings, 2016). Mitchell has worked with a broad array of top-name artists including Steve Coleman, John Hollenbeck and Mario Pavone. Mitchell is a chameleon, able to take on completely different musical personas across of fast array of situations. His own Vista Accumulation (Pi Recordings, 2015) was one of ...


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