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Strange Solo Sounds: SK Kakraba and Jonah Parzen-Johnson

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Sounds are all around us. Some of them are so familiar that we barely recognize them. Music is a special kind of sound. It puts us in touch with the world or provides an escape from it. Sometimes, music is even able to conjure a world of sound that is hard to imagine. It can be done through artistic manipulation with an already known instrument or, perhaps, a strange instrument is introduced that is like seeing the world with a ...

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Three Shots from Siwula: Blaise Siwula & NoFrillsMusic

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The emergence of free jazz in the 1950s and 1960s pioneered a new way of thinking about music that not only affected the way music sounded, but also the way it was shared and distributed. In many ways, free jazz was a movement away from mainstream and mass-distribution and the rediscovery of music as art, but also as folk music, meaning a more direct and less commercial communication with the audience. This also meant that many musicians took the matter ...

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Another Timbre reaches its century in top form

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Another Timbre's three latest releases bring up a significant landmark in the label's brief history. Since the label released its first CD in the autumn of 2007, it has now put out over 100 discs--at a rate of more than one a month. Lest anyone wishes to point out that the latest release--the James Saunders disc, below--only carries the catalogue number at88, let me explain further. Yes, that disc is the label's eighty-eighth CD release, but those 88 include the ...

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Ruthie Foster: Singing The Blues

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Since releasing her first solo record less than a decade ago, Ruthie Foster has steadily gained momentum and respect within the music industry as a double threat singer/guitarist. With eight more albums in her discography, including the critically acclaimed The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn Music, 2007), she has risen to prominence in the Blues community, winning the 2015 Koko Taylor Award, but she is much more than a blues singer. She has taken the gospel, blues, and soul from ...

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A New Danish Bassist on Top: Introducing Morten Haxholm

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There is little doubt that Denmark has a proud tradition of fostering exceptional bassists -just think of names like Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jesper Lundgaard, Bo Stief, Jesper Bodilsen and, more recently, Anders Christensen, Jonas Westergaard and Richard Andersson. Add Morten Haxholm to this ever growing list. Haxholm has been ambitious from the start. On his debut, Equilibrium (Storyville, 2013), he enlisted no less than the powerhouse drummer Ari Hoenig and the renowned guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg. Both of ...

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Antonio Sanchez: Three Times Three & The Meridian Suite

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With his two simultaneously released albums, Three Times Three and The Meridian Suite, Antonio Sanchez posits himself as the next great drummer who's a great bandleader. Alternately emphasizing his composing skills and his musicianship, as he did on his acclaimed score to the film Birdman, this native of Mexico City never overtly draws attention to himself, preferring to nurture the interaction of those around him, thereby making himself nothing less than conspicuous by his relative absence. In doing so, he ...

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Francesca Han: Dream Episodes, Blue Suns, Icarus

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A new Francesca Han recording is something to get excited about. The pianist's spirited trio/quartet outing Illusion (Audioguy Records, 2012) and the bewitching solo effort Ascetic (Audioguy Records, 2012)--one of the finest solo piano jazz albums of recent years--were outstanding examples of her skills as a composer, bandleader and improviser. Now, in a relatively short space of time, three more releases of quite distinct individual character have seen the light of day, confirming, as if there was ever any doubt, ...

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Sonorama: New Treasures from the Past

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To find a forgotten record is often part of the pleasure and path of the dedicated record collector. Looking for the right record becomes a journey where flea markets and other strange places are examined, but it is also about having the right connections. Ekkehart Fleischhammer is not only an expert in finding the recorded treasures of the past, he also has the right connections. He is in touch with people who open their musical archives for him and, fortunately, ...



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