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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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Jeff Oster: An Emotional Journey into Sound

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Everything begins with sound. It is no coincidence that one of the theories of how the universe was created is called The Big Bang. You can almost hear the thunder in the name. Sound is creation. Sound is life. One way of defining a musician is to say that it is a person who shapes sound into certain patterns. When these patterns become recognizable, they evolve into genres and suddenly an identity is created. You become a ...

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Two OA2 Records Releases Featuring Pianist Michael Kocour

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Two recent releases from OA2 Records feature piano playing and production by Michael Kocour, a longtime member of the Chicago jazz scene (and a regular sideman with the late James Moody and Benny Golson). He has been director of jazz studies at Arizona State University since 2004. Unhinged Sextet Clarity OA2 Records 2015 Unhinged Sextet sounds like many things--for example: swinging, cohesive, hot--but “unhinged" is not one of them. The ...



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