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NYC-based bassist/composer Ben Allison, when not leading his own bands, plays in The Herbie Nichols Project, the band/collective dedicated to the little- or un-heard music …
On her debut recording as a solo artist, Cronholm and her group Ibis are featured throughout. This is a simple yet haunting recording with much depth and variation.The t…
Singer-songwriter Jen Chapin and bassist Stephan Crump make their recording debut as a duo on "Open Wide."Performing 10 original compositions by Chapin, the pair deliver…
For anyone who has ever attempted to play an archtop acoustic guitar, they know what a demanding beast she can be. This writer had one (inherited through two generations) a…
Ralph Towner is a superb contemporary guitarist, one of the few to focus entirely on acoustic playing. While inconsistent - his 1974 album Solstice is a dark, wintry wonder…
Way back in ’89, the Montreal Jazz Festival featured a tribute to Charlie Haden, where the legendary bassist performed with many of his colleagues like Paul Motian, Don Che…
The best ECM records over the years have been those that straddle a very fine line, never seeming too ethereal, but also never turning so chaotic and avant garde that the l…
After a number of listening sessions, I'm still confused by this release. It's often difficult enough for an artist to satisfy musical genre purists on their own (i.e. Jazz…
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