Glenn Astarita

Glenn Astarita

This is a 1997 recording at the French venue known as "Les Instants Chavires," by one of Britain’s fabled free-jazz style trios. On this outing, Evan Parker performs on bot…
This is the reissue of guitarist Fred Frith’s classic 1974 solo outing. And for those who might not be in the loop, the artist has been re-releasing a good portion of his b…
New Englander Julie Hardy uses her voice as a multi-hued instrument while harmonizing with the soloists and poignantly singing verse on this endearing septet endeavor. I…
29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

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Umphrey’s McGee
Anchor Drops
Umphrey’s McGee

This Chicago area progressive rock unit with the Irish sounding moniker is marked by extremely tight workmanship amid a few lighthearted electro-acoustic numbers. The band even ventures into Country-blues territory when it isn’t exploring complex time signatures and blitzing rock grooves. But what makes this outing work is founded within the artists’ focused line of attack where no two songs sound alike. Yet uncan …

29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

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Keith Jarrett Gary Peacock Jack DeJohnette The Out-of-Towners
ECM Records

It’s partly about class, élan and supreme technical acumen. Twenty plus years and moving forward, this trio continues to brandish a signature sound, still glittering after all these years.

Pianist Keith Jarrett composed the swinging title track, as the band renders standards with a modern jazz, drenched gait. The pianist’s animated mode of execution is akin to the nuance of a seasoned ja …

29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

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Lisa Sokolov - Presence
Rainart Productions

On this release, vocalist/keyboardist Lisa Sokolov and her supporting trio including frequent collaborator, drummer Gerry Hemingway communicate gobs of charisma and artistically powerful musical portraitures. Ms Sokolov’s endearing vocal constructions reside in a peerless class, partly due to her ingenious stylizations of pieces by the likes of Cole Porter, Laura Nyro, and original works. It’s sort of like a near flawl …

29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

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Mika Pohjola Scandinavian Yuletide Voices
Yuletide Voices

Finnish jazz pianist Mika Pohjola generally abides by a credo of excellence! As this lovely affair has become a pre and post holiday favorite here at the home-front. Backed by a tentet, including male and female vocalists, this inspirational and wondrously recorded album boasts heady arrangements and sparkling contrasts. There are female choral incantations, bittersweet strings and more. In addition, a dist …

29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

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Tod Dockstader & David Lee Myers Pond
ReR Megacorp

A cleverly construed, and somewhat distorted electronics based view of nature, by two eminent synthesists. On this outing, the duo purveys abstracts that spark notions of perhaps listening to the sounds of the Amazon jungle at dawn or trickling water that is set upon call and response frameworks. Nonetheless, the artists’ pursue a deterministic state of mind, via these generally quiet but altogether thought-provok …

The New Orleans Grand Palace Hotel, highlights the best and brightest of New Orleans’ traditional jazz scene "Essentially, this may be the best looking jazz space in the South."

The club is capitalizing on its non-Bourbon Street location by offering next door parking and enhanced by the increasingly popular Canal Street streetcar stops at the club’s front door. The venue is readily accessible from I-10 and the expanding commercial interest in the area of Canal Street between Ram …

With a master’s degree in music earned at "The Manhattan School of Music," and some top-notch recordings to her credit, Baum’s muse is heavily influenced by Stravinsky and Bartok. But there’s no doubt about it, Baum’s compositions are snuggly rooted within the modern jazz vernacular, while affording her soloists’ ample stretching room.

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi displayed a blistering attack along with some impressive bass clarinet and alto sax work by Douglas Yates. However, Baum’s arrangements